Oh, the Places You’ll Go
To quote Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Growing up, teachers and parents always stressed the importance of an education. But what happens when formal schooling is over? Lifelong learning is defined as the self-motivated practice of continuing to learn throughout one’s entire life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competencies.
I embarked on my own learning journey several years ago, to enhance my professional skills. At the time, I was a client service associate, but interested in learning more about fixed income. I had been working closely with the director of fixed income, learning all about bonds and felt I needed some more formal economic and financial analysis training to really be proficient in bond trading. Starting the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program with a full time job and two young children seemed daunting and, to be frank, a little crazy as well. I forewarned my husband of the recommended time commitment of 300 hours per exam and got to work. With such a dense curriculum, I can honestly say the CFA program was the most difficult thing that I have ever attempted, academically. After countless hours of studying, as well as numerous missed family events and social engagements, I can proudly look up at my CFA charter hanging on the wall.
Not every educational pursuit needs to be quite as demanding, and many activities can put you on the path to becoming a well-rounded person. Whether it be learning a new language, picking up a new sport or an artistic endeavor, there are a number of benefits to continued learning. Attaining a new skillset or certification can not only help you professionally, but personally as well. It can improve your self-esteem, connect you with a new community, and keep your brain healthy and active. Here at West Financial we value continued education, as many members of our team have committed to earning professional credentials. Outside of work, we are involved in a variety of pastimes, ranging from music, gardening, and even horse shows. As a large part of our client base is now enjoying retirement, we’d love to hear about ways you all are continuing to learn as well.
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