I am a huge advocate for lifelong learning. I think it’s important to continuously develop oneself, learn new things, and gain new skills.
While I am currently enrolled in a formal learning program, finishing my Bachelors in Business, I don’t think formal learning programs are always the best way to learn. They certainly don’t hurt, and employers recognize formal programs, not informal learning, so it will pay off in the long run, but after I finish my degree in August I have every intention to continue to learn.
Aside from perhaps going back to get my Masters in a few years, most of my post-college learning will be informal.
While lots of what I’ve learned from school has certainly be absorbed (after all, teachers DO love to drive things into your head), It’s amazing how much I’ve been absorbing without even knowing that I’ve been learning things.
One thing I love about blogging is the sharing of knowledge. There’s just so much out there and I read all of my favorite blogs by choice, so I absorb a lot of information while reading them that I may not if I were reading a textbook. My instructors always reprimand us for using blogs as sources when doing a paper, because they consider blogs unreliable.
While certainly some of them are, I like to give my blogger peers more credit than that.
I’ve been blogging for almost two years now, and have been reading other people’s blogs for about that amount of time. I think I’ve learned a lot, and that was proven recently.
Since I’m currently doing my final courses of my degree, we have a major field test (MFT) that we have to do, which ranks the university that I go to against other universities in North America (and other universities against each other). The MFT is done by all business school students and is a tool for comparison.
Much of the test is finance centered, despite there being several other focuses that one can study in business (Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, etc). I had one finance class, which I am taking right now, so my previous learning has been almost non existent in the formal sense of the word.
We were warned to begin with that most students would likely pass but not by much, unless they were finance or accounting majors. When I took the test last week, it did prove to be very finance centered.
I got my mark back for the test last week. I didn’t study at all prior to the test (what? It didn’t affect my mark ) and I learned that I got one of the best marks in my class – what would translate to a B+ if it translated over to marks.
I definitely attribute my success on this test to the blogs I read on financial topics. While I don’t really care what I got on the test, I love that my grade clearly reflects, to me, the quality of information that bloggers know and share.
Do you trust the information given to you by bloggers?