Life without a full course load should never equate to a life without education.  Read on for 4 ways you can keep learning after graduation!

Navigating the post-grad life can be challenging in many ways. From landing your first “grown-up” job, to getting a place of your own, to buying stocks ad saving for retirement, life drastically changes as we move from from senior year into the real world.

One of the biggest changes is not consistently being in school for the first time in about twenty years. So have can we keep learning without writing term papers and bubbling in scantrons?

1. Keep up with current events, especially those relevant to your field of work.

Being not only aware of, but also understanding complex issues that can potentially effect your career path will provide you with many benefits. Your current managers will be impressed with your initiative to do extra research after the work day comes to a close, you’ll have excellent questions for interviews when you’re changing jobs or seeking a new internship. You’ll get the opportunity to discuss the issues with people of varying age levels in the office to get a sense of how change occurs over time.

Skimming a national newspaper each morning is also a great idea to increase your general knowledge about the world in which we live. Reading about new medical interventions, health information, and politics will help you feel empowered & keep you in the loop for lunch break chats! Don’t have the time for a newspaper? We love The Skimm!

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2. Attend a networking event.

This is a great opportunity to interact with other young professionals and meet more established names in your area of work. Your job or university holds network events several times throughout the year, but professional conferences are another easy way to expand your network.

If you’re looking for a stronger social media presence, Twitter chats (like the #G20Chat) are a lower pressure venue to make valuable connections with people who have similar lifestyles and goals.

3. Work on your language skills.

Being multi-lingual is an incredible asset to have in an increasingly competitive job market.

Invest in a language learning app or some old fashioned books and work on increasing your vocabulary at your own pace. Taking a few classes at your local community college will give you access to tutors and fellow students to practice conversing with as well!

Picking up a new language is certainly not an easy task, but the effort has the potential to bring about a huge reward. Not only can you become a more skilled employee, but you can talk to a whole new client population.

4.  If all else fails, head back to the classroom.

Grad school is often more flexible than undergrad because most graduate students are balancing classes with full time jobs and families. Taking classes online is great for students who wouldn’t have the time to attend traditional classes.

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Another great thing about going back to school while working full time is that many companies offer tuition reimbursement for coursework relevant to your line of work. Certificates are also a nice addition to a resume, and require fewer classes than a full degree.

Life without a full course load should never equate to a life without education. There are so many opportunities to learn each day, that it would be disastrous  to go through our twenties without gleaning new knowledge to use in our careers and personal lives.