Looking for joy in lifelong learning

It involves a quest for not just skills for your job, but values and wisdom. And these may not come from chasing academic certifications.

Trainees using the industrial 4.0 automation system at the Bosch Rexroth Regional Training Centre in Bishan. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
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A former colleague recently invited me for coffee to ask me about being a mature PhD candidate. An enthusiastic learner, she already has a master's degree under her belt and has taken courses ranging from Chinese literature to the Spanish language.

I offered some perspectives about the choice of universities and the thought process which I hoped was helpful. As we wrapped up our chat, she cheekily quipped: "Actually, if I didn't have to worry about livelihood, I would just be a student for life!"

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