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  • Why are established employees returning to their books?
  • Why are established employees returning to their books?
    TED Conference, Creative Commons (2016) ©

How learning has become a lifelong pursuit

Driven by the evolving relationship between learning and earning, a desire for a more fulfilling life, and shifts in the job market, an increasing number of mid- to late-careerists are returning to education. How are people acquiring knowledge outside of college? And what are they hoping to achieve?

Location United States

The demographics of those in education are changing, and it’s becoming normal for people to return to school mid-career or even after retirement. In the US, 73% of people consider themselves to be ‘lifelong learners’, and among these individuals, 36% (equivalent to 63% of all workers) are ‘professional learners’, taking a course or pursuing training connected to their career advancement. [1]

The idea of the ‘lifelong learner’ emerged in 1993 – the first official acknowledgment that learning is not exclusively linked to childhood or school, but happens throughout one’s life. [2] More precisely, learning can ...



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