When I first started teaching, I was overseas and the internet was still an unknown, so finding information on instructing was not an easy feat. As the years moved on, however, more and more information on learning and how to teach has come available in many forms ranging from research studies, to videos, to free courses online, not to mention programmes such as the one at VCC on how to teach adults. Learning has never been easier, and the expectation to keep up with the evolution of one's own field is stronger than ever, as it should. With innovations in technology and better understanding of humankind in general, there is always something new to learn with the tools and opportunities that keep us abreast of all these changes.
With regards to one's own profession and workplace, it is increasingly important to maintain a high level of competence through continued learning. As Derik McArthur mentions in his article, "Lifelong learning constantly challenges us to adapt and explore outside of our comfort zone and apply our new skills in our workplace." (2013). By doing so we expand our knowledge and skills set, we are not only more efficient at our jobs, but we also increase our worth to our company (and hopefully paycheck as well!). In a nutshell, lifelong learning in our profession is what keeps us valuable as an employee, and increases our employability when moving up our out from our current employment. Workers who shun change and evolution in their field are at a disadvantage and face the possibility of their position becoming obsolete.
On a personal note, as I teach in a college for nursing, keeping up with changes in healthcare and all that is related to it is vitally important as we prepare our students for the work place. Just yesterday I received a new textbook for medical terminology, 11th Edition, which renews itself almost yearly. Although much of the terminology stays the same, there are continual advancements and altered views as to what constitutes proper patient care, advancements in tests and procedures, and treatment / prevention of disease. The profession is never static, and progress is being made on a daily basis and it is important to all healthcare workers to keep up with this progress to perform their job effectively.
As a consumer of health care, I expect to always receive the best treatment available, and that means that healthcare professionals who care for me also must keep up with the evolution of knowledge in their field.
Below is a short clip by Brian Tracy , and the importance of continuing education. not only for the workplace, but for personal development as well.
Reference source: Lifelong Learning: Advocating Professional Development. (2013). Retrieved February 22, 2016, from http://irc.queensu.ca/articles/lifelong-learning-advocating-professional-development
Blackboard graphic : https://openclipart.org/detail/3028/chalkboard
Video: Develop the Habit of Lifelong Learning for Professional Development