The importance of learning beyond your degree or diploma

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Not only will you be able to impress potential employers with your wealth of current and relevant information but you can also bolster up your resume with more acquired skills.

As I continue to post new articles every week, I am sure you will begin to see a central theme: Building ourselves into more well-rounded people (and potential employees).

Today I want to talk about supplementing your knowledge beyond your education. I am glad I realized this as early in my life as did because it is a very valuable tool.

We are living in a time when the world is at our fingertips and information is plentiful, so we should be taking full advantage of it. By reading books, blogs and websites, and listening to podcasts, you can gain a lot of information from people in the industry you are interested in.

You can also learn new languages, become more web-savvy and learn how to solve difficult problems.

Visiting sites like TED where you can watch really informative talks on a variety of topics can really broaden your understanding of any particular topic. You should also try to find informative blogs on your particular points of interest so you can learn from people in the industry.

Staying up on current news surrounding your interests shows you truly interested in the world around you. Try to use a variety of news sources because they will all cover different things, with different opinions and biases.

EggTalentEgg Tip: Set up a Google Reader account (if you already use Gmail, just login with your Google ID) and add the RSS feeds of your favourite sites so you don’t have to go back over and over again. It will automatically gather the latest posts from blogs, websites and news sources.

Finally: read books! Search up books written by leaders in your industry. Books are valuable sources of information written by people who have lived the life and decided to write about it. They can offer great insight to what skills you really need to survive in the real world. If you’re tight on cash, head to the library or see if the book you want to read is available as a free e-book.

Okay so with all of that said you are probably thinking: Why?

Not only will you be able to impress potential employers with your wealth of current and relevant information but you can also bolster up your resume with more acquired skills. Finally, it also really helps when trying to network, because it shows you have value that you can add to some one else’s life and shows prospective contacts that you stay informed.

What are your favourite industry-related blogs, podcasts and books?

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About the author

David-Paul Williams is a second-year marketing student at York University who is passionate about marketing, social media and changing the world. He believes the future of the world is a more connected and transparent one. He blogs about the future of marketing over at davidpaulw.posterous.com. Inspire. Strengthen. Build.