I’m a lifelong learning advocate.
No matter what you do for a living or what you aspire to, lifelong learning is an important part of a successful and thriving career (and life)!
For designers, lifelong learning and “learning to learn” are critical skills to get ahead (and stay ahead!) in the field.
Be(come) a Self-Learner
Learning to learn.
One of the greatest things about being a designer is being involved in a very exciting and dynamic field.
What you learn today as a designer will evolve into something new. Nothing stays the same. So designers must embrace learning, because you’ll learn something new everyday.
For design students, here’s the “pearl of wisdom” —
Be a self-learner and learn to find answers on your own.
If you have a question, you can bet that someone has posted the answer online. Yes, learn how to search Google for answers. 🙂 (I know this sounds so obvious, but …)
Often students are surprised that design professionals don’t have all the answers. Even we need to figure out things for ourselves on a daily basis. Learning to think on your feet and to creatively problem-solve is key. This will make you a very valuable designer, technologist, and entrepreneur!
Becoming a great designer.
Keeping up-to-date on what you need to know and actively pursuing the necessary knowledge and skill sets is part of the job description for a designer.
Important things to consider:
- Stay up-to-date
- Know your tools and skill sets
- Collaborate. (Design is a team sport>)
Okay, that’s it — short and sweet.
Be sure to watch this video:
The Creative Life
What are your thoughts about lifelong learning?