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When you’ve stopped learning on the job, it’s time to quit.

After looking at all the jobs I’ve had, I realized one thing: when I stopped learning, I became much more keenly aware of other job factors like salary, office space, and vacation time. Boredom makes it way easier to obsess about money and perks.

The jobs where I learned the most were the ones I stayed the longest. I’ve been at DDO for over three years and expect to be here for a long time.

Why?

Because the office has a culture of learning, sharing, and mentoring. We even get an education budget every year. Free classes? Hell yeah.

A job that teaches you keeps you interested. It also makes you nimble and adaptable when major changes happen—like a downfall in the economy or a shift in technology standards. This versatility makes you more employable now and in the future.

Of course, money and perks matter too. But they’re not permanent. The skills and knowledge you learn on a job stick with you for a lifetime. The education you gain can’t be taken away from you.

7 Comments

  • Michael

    gravatarMay 6, 2010
    7:23 am

    Good article. Not enough people realize this. Just an FYI, you may want to look into updating your sharing link to include Twitter as an option.

  • Dennis Cheatham

    gravatarMay 6, 2010
    9:39 am

    There’s never enough emphasis placed on the importance of learning and furthering one’s abilities. Otherwise, what we do as communicators becomes like a big conveyor belt of ideas: cold, mechanical, and dull.

    In fact, what we learn from a job is so important that I like to read that “what I learned” on a resume. It’s the narrative that shows the deeper story beyond responsibilities and accomplishments, etc. and reveals that a designer sees the importance of being teachable and of taking those lessons with them.

  • Chanpory Rith

    gravatarMay 6, 2010
    11:05 am

    @Michael. Good point about twitter. So much has changed since I’ve been gone! :-)

  • Strega_Rossa

    gravatarMay 11, 2010
    11:47 am

    Oh yeah what about the company that deters you from learning… Run as fast as you can when you realize that.

  • Denise

    gravatarMay 13, 2010
    2:36 pm

    When I started my new job, I was really interested to learn. But then I found out that there wasn’t anything I could learn here that I couldn’t learn on my own. It’s sad that I’m just staying here for the money. I don’t think I’ll last long here.

    When I think about it, I’ve stayed longer in long-term freelance jobs than in any full time job that required me to work in an office. The clients were the ones who actually bailed, for one reason or another.

  • data recovery

    gravatarAug 17, 2010
    4:10 am

    Yes you are very right, when are not learning anything in our job then why are doing it, let leave it and have a life. Life stops there if we are not getting or learning anything, so its better to decide what to do if not learning atleast something.

  • David

    gravatarAug 21, 2010
    11:22 am

    I’d go one further and ask people : why do you need to work for a company? Why not utilise your skills via self-employment? Self-employment forces you to push yourself to the limit because you have to stand on your own two feet. So many people get lazy in large companies – the comfort zone is too easy to find. It sounds like you’re the right sort to start up their own business as companies rarely push their employees in terms of learning and training.