Why and How to Continue Learning After University

04/11/15

Being a graduate definitely has its perks, but why does your learning have to stop with a diploma, Bachelors or Masters’ Degree?

Education is all around you; you just have to know where to look. No matter what your interests are or how outstanding your academic results were, there is always room to learn more and enhance your skills.

So how exactly can learning once you’ve graduated continue to benefit you and where can you go to learn more?

How Does Continuous Learning Benefit You?

You may be thinking, “What’s the point? I have already graduated so why do I need to learn more?” Well for starters, within the IT and Accounting industries technologies, methodologies and software programs are continuously changing and improving. Learning about changing market trends will not only make you more knowledgeable but can also set you apart from your competition therefore making you more employable.

If you have limited Australian work experience, doing a course such as the Professional Year Program may also increase your Australian business culture knowledge and workplace etiquette hence making you a well sought-after and respected employee.

Isn't Further Learning Expensive?

There are some courses that will have costs associated with them but continued learning doesn’t have to be expensive; in fact it can often be free. There are a number of places to go. See below for just a few suggestions.

Join a Local 'Meet-up' Group

A meet-up group is a local community of people who gather together to discuss industry related topics, and share ideas and information. As an Accounting or IT graduate there are many free meet ups that you can attend that will not only enhance your knowledge but will also increase your professional networks as many meet-ups are attended by industry professionals.

A few examples of industry specific meet-ups include:

•    Shaping the Future of Cloud Accounting
•    Meet a Mentor for Graduates of Technology
•    Sydney Big Data and Analytics

Visit www.meetup.com for more information on meet up groups available in your city.

Actively Use LinkedIn

With a network of over 300 million contacts, there is a plethora of information available to you on LinkedIn. Professionals post industry related articles on a daily basis on LinkedIn which will enable you to find out about any changes in your field and hence enhance your knowledge and skills.
Companies also have LinkedIn pages which are updated on a daily basis with news articles, information on new product launches, annual reports etc. There are also discussion groups that you can join. These services are all free!

Join Membership Organisations

As an IT or Accounting graduate it is worth joining membership organisations such as the Australian Computer Society, CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Other industries also have membership organisations you can join.

These organisations offer seminars and networking events which are presented by industry experts as well as careers fairs and magazine subscriptions which are exclusive to members.

Find a Mentor

Reach out to a friend, colleague or even a University lecturer whom you trust and have a chat about their experiences. You can talk about career growth, politics or etiquette which will help you to learn and increase your knowledge.

By following a few of these simple steps you will become more knowledgeable, more employable and well-respected by your peers. 
 
The learning doesn’t have to stop after you graduate and our placement consultants and mentors will help you learn about the job market and recruitment process for finding industry placements.