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What is continuous learning?

What is continuing education? I am about to go to college. While choosing courses, I came across the term ‘continuous learning’ and I did not understand the meaning. Is it the same as further education? I would also like to know who takes continuing education classes and whether or not there are any continuing education requirements that people need to meet before they are allowed to take the programs. I would also like to know if it is something I need to be informed about as I am applying for my college education or is it something I can ignore.

Carlton Burgess

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Donald Ward on March 7, 2018

Yes continuous learning is the same as further education. It is a type of education made available for adults. Adults take these programs to improve skills in a specific area of their expertise. People who take these programs in most cases have already been to colleges and universities and earned their degrees. They enroll in further education programs so that they can gain more knowledge and skills that make it possible for them to take advantage of better career opportunities.

Requirements for continuing education vary depending on the career an individual is practicing. For instance, in Real Estate, real estate agents are required to enroll in continuing education courses occasionally so that they can get important certifications they are required to have to continue practicing. This means that real estate agents do not have any other choice but to further their education if they want to keep practicing. However, this is not the case in all careers. There are certain careers where it is an individual’s choice whether or not to get further education. In such cases, an individual might decide to go back to school to improve a skill or get more knowledge on a topic they enjoy. The other common requirement for most continuing programs is that every student is required to have a background in the course they want to continue. For instance, if you want to do a continuing course in education, you will be required to prove that you actually have a background in the field. This is because these programs are not taught from scratch, they are just meant to build skills.

Now that you know what continuing education is, there is no need to care about it when applying for college or university since it is not what you are applying for. For now, all you need to worry about it which courses you are going to take at the university. You can worry about continuing education later in life when you have started working and you believe it would be a good idea to get more skills to improve your career. However, if you can, try getting as many skills as you can while you are at school. This is important because it is not always easy to go back to school once you have completed since you might have so many responsibilities at the time which might prevent you from going back to school.

Charles McAleara year ago

I agree. Continuing education is similar to further education and it is done by adults. However, most continuing education requirements only apply to license holders who want to renew their license so that they can continue practicing. The requirements are set in place to encourage license holders to expand their knowledge and stay up to date with the current issues and new developments in their field. Different fields have different specifications on how these requirements can be met. In some field, you might be required to attend a college or university to complete coursework, others require you to attend seminars and others require individuals to complete extension courses.  Nonetheless, this does not mean that other people cannot get continuing education. It is available to all adults who want to improve their skills and expand their knowledge in a specific area but it is something you shouldn’t worry about now because it doesn’t apply to you.


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