The concept of lifelong learning is divided into two branches:
1) Learning through the whole lifetime “from the cradle to the grave”. The individual will and should continue to learn through the whole life also after the primary education has finished.
2) Life broad learning, learning across subject fields. Learning does not only happen in educational institutions, but also trough life at work places, in social connections etc.
Identifying the “learning sculpture” or learning history of each individual is essential before setting the goal, defining learning methods and deciding on assessment of the learning outcomes. This is also helpful when analysing the diversity of PhD students or researchers in a training program when conducting courses, programs and training camps. I also utilize the lifelong learning approach when running career development workshops for early career and experienced researchers as well as when mentoring.