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Who’s responsible for learning?

by | Aug 5, 2014 | Career

Hint: you may think it’s the company you work for, but it’s probably you.

There’s been a change in the way work, well, works. Workers no longer have the job security that was once inherent in the system. And, plenty of people just wouldn’t want it if it were offered to them.”

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Hint: you may think it’s the company you work for, but it’s probably you.

There’s been a change in the way work, well, works. Workers no longer have the job security that was once inherent in the system. And, plenty of people just wouldn’t want it if it were offered to them.

Big corporations still offer training to their employees, but even they have seen a shift in the way they provide it. Instead of pushing learning on their employees, they’ve adjusted their materials to be available on a “pull” basis.

They’re often going to great lengths to bring in speakers that inspire and teach their employees, rather than bringing in the same old company experts to drone on.

Then there are all the smaller startup companies that subscribe to learning channels and MOOC platforms. Their employees are expected to decide what they need, and engage with learning on their own time – at their own speed.

In both these cases, learning and training are available, you just have to reach out and grab it.

But what happens when you’re looking for a job? Employers are interested in hiring people that never stop learning and who continue to seek out new ways to expand their horizons. Essentially, that puts you in the same position as any self-employed small business owner or freelancer.

However, what you learn is crucial. While you may want to take an English lit class for your own enjoyment, the courses you choose for work should match your career goals. And that means that you need to know what those goals are. Do you? Do you know what job you would want to do for the rest of your life?

Take action!

When learning is your responsibility, the best place to start is with yourself. And usually, it’s harder to assess on your own than you think. But, if you’re serious about career advancement or your own learning and development, then there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

  • We say it time and time again, but you should start by speaking to a coach. It doesn’t need to be our own CEO, Liz Scully, though she specialises in this area. Just make sure you’ve got someone to help you along the way. It makes a big difference when you need to achieve results quickly.
  • Figure out what you want to do as a career. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones, it never hurts to reassess the situation. And, yes, if you drop us a line we can point you in the right direction.
  • Join our mailing list. We never spam you, nor are we interested in giving away your details. But, we do send a weekly newsletter that’s filled with tips to make learning and working easier.

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