In the fast-paced and constantly changing job market, one of the most important skills you must develop is your ability to learn. Today, being literate does not only mean being able to read and write, it also means being able to learn, unlearn and relearn. You really need to be a life-long learner.

The jobs that generate the highest paychecks usually require extensive training and learning. Employers want employees who will adapt to the workplace and learn the tasks quickly. Put simply, the faster and more effectively you can absorb new knowledge and professional skills, the more you increase your opportunities and the more successful you will be in your career.

This is true regardless of the career path you choose. Don’t be afraid of positive change – learning experiences help you grow and constantly become better. If you cannot learn new skills and increase your knowledge, others in your field who are eager to improve will move right past you. While you are stagnated, they will keep getting better and outperform you.

To become a good learner, start by seeking out more information about things you don’t know and also about things you already know about. When you come across something you don’t understand, be sure to ask questions to find answers – this is what successful people do.

In A Guide to Career Success: How to Get and Keep a Job, you will find more helpful tips and much more advice and real­life examples of how to apply this.

Remember, your willingness to learn, to change and adopt new, better ways to do your job are what will ultimately determine your success.