In this blog I’ll discuss the need for continuous learning and why it should be so strongly emphasized and where we can inspire and coach those around us to achieve more and bring a sense of fulfillment, growth and contribution.
We are currently participating in the 4th Industrial Revolution in which this will demand we change our working and social habits, up-skill within our industries or take a new direction altogether.
We all go to work where (at times) there is huge pressure to be constantly productive, to focus our time on customer needs and meet requirements, to be one step ahead of the competition and satisfy our peers.
There can come a point at where we feel that life is controlling us and that we are unable to make time to find dedicated periods to learn, either within our existing job roles, between family life or if we are looking to invest time in learning something that will help us strive towards emerging industry trends or re-invent ourselves. We must ensure we address this and take appropriate action to ensure we have the opportunity to learn and grow.
Critical Skills Required
As the world and the workplace evolves, we need to be aware of a number of underlying skills that we will need to invest in for the future as we embark on a life long learning journey. We can no longer expect what we learnt at school, college or university to completely fulfill our future learning requirements. We also now live in a world where there is an acceptance that people no longer seek life long jobs or careers and that opportunities or growth will not happen in one place of work but will be gained through multiple industries and work opportunities.
21st Century Skills
21st century skills are seen as a baseline of skills that should be developed from the early years at school right through to adulthood. These will act as the solid foundations as future workers will be expected to adapt to alternative types of employment over their working life
Human Capital Index
At the heart of developing these skills and planning for both future workers and industries is the Human Capital Index. The index is designed to highlight how improvements in current education and health outcomes shape the productivity of the next generation of workers
Why do Organizations\People Procrastinate?
A sense of certainty that things will inevitably always be ok, that organizations are somewhat immune for global disruption and competition. The reality is that many organizations are looking at how they can leverage technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate processes and labour that will replace low skilled work(ers).
Common reasons for procrastination…….
- Employees strongly believe development is their employers problem to solve.
- Employers do not understand the value of investing in people
Approach to Learning
- Know your outcome and then work out how to do it
- Identify industry trends and research which skills will be required
- Identify which skills will become redundant
- Find someone who has already achieved the result and model their success
- Understand what your individual and preferred learning style is
- Research appropriate materials and select a number of different sources and don’t limit yourself.
- Don’t overburden yourself, start small, build momentum and a consistent approach to learning
- Make your employer aware of your learning intentions and ask for support
- Join community or user groups and attend meetups with like minded people to help you develop
- Contribute to community meet ups and help others.
- Subscribe to blogs to keep updated of changes within a specific industry
- Take time to research what you want to learn and give yourself a broad set of options
- Try learn something completely new and independent of skills required by your existing career – seek new horizons
- Be acutely aware when a method of learning is not giving you the outcome and change your approach