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Why should you take our 30 Day Learning Challenges?

There’s no longer such thing as a job for life; only a job for life, as people are constantly moving around, we are now seeing the early stages of the so-called Freelance or Gig Economy. Individuals will need to be ready to drop in and out of jobs with up-to-date skills and knowledge, as required. In order to do that they need to take responsibility for their own career development; as they can’t rely on their company to support their career aspirations, as these quotes show ..

“… every one of us must have a career strategy, and that strategy should be guided by your industry’s trajectory. You should be fine-tuned to the intricacies of your profession. You have no choice. You have to self-develop to stay relevant. Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career  Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.”  (When it comes to career. it’s up to every individual to stay relevant, Talent Management and HR, 25 April)

“Don’t count on your employer to get you the right skills that’ll help you keep your job or land the next one.” (How to future-proof yourself at work, Forbes, 4 May 2016)

Intermittent training is no longer enough, so you need to be learning continuously in many different ways, not just for their current jobs but for their future jobs. This means more than than taking training or studying on courses, it also includes finding things out, solving learning and performance problems, keeping up to date with what happens in ones industry or profession, interacting with both content and people, and doing ones daily work. Continuously learning through all these types of experiences is the key to surviving and thriving in the new world of work.

Modern Professional Learning Guidelines

  1. Take responsibility for your own self-improvement, learning and development – it’s your career so you need to be in control of it. Intermittent training is no longer enough, you need to be continuously curious and finding things out.
  2. Spend some time reflecting on your daily work experiences – so that you can learn from your difficulties and challenges as well as your successes.
  3. Address your own performance problems – become self-reliant and learn to solve your own problems particularly by power-searching on the Web and validating your sources.
  4. Make the most of your manager – continuously ask for feedback on your current activities and help in moving forward in your work.
  5. Learn from your team members – ask them for help and to share their experiences – and share what you learn with them too.
  6. Make a point of learning something new every day – it doesn’t have to be work related and it certainly doesn’t have to involve study. Make the most that the Web has to offer.
  7. Keep up to date with what’s happening in your industry or profession – not just by attending an annual conference but continuously from daily knowledge flows that come from relevant curated resources. Connect the dots between random pieces of information, and avoid information overload.
  8. Build and maintain a diverse professional network – so that you have a collection of people around you who you value, and with whom you interact and  learn on an ongoing basis.
  9. Manage your own professional development  set your own professional goals, work on them in the right way for you, document your progress, and evidence your performance in a digital portfolio.
  10. Establish your own personal learning toolkit – build a set of resources, tools, networks and services that help you continuously learn, grow and develop.

Download these Guidelines as s a PDF

Thee 30 Day Learning Challenges will help kickstart new learning habits that will last a lifetime. This is how they map onto 12 key ways professionals learn in the modern era.