We live in a world which is challenging and competitive. Whatever experience you have under your belt and the growth through promotions you must have had in your career, learning is never-ending. There is so much knowledge out there and so many new things that you can continuously keep learning.
Individuals should never stick to one thing when it comes to learning especially in their job careers. They should always be positive and eager to learn new things whether it’s from a job experience or a career. Nowadays even organizations are incorporating continuous learning programs for employees which gives them ample opportunity to learn and develop themselves.
“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” ~ David Rockefeller
Importance of continual learning
It is important for individuals to be updated with the current happenings and educate themselves by reading news, watching TEDx talks, exploring the local library and various other ways. This helps to learn new things as well as sustain your professional creativity and passion, learning keeps you relevant in our advancing world. To be on a continuous learning mode is the best skill you can have and always keep upgrading your own bar.
Toby Barnard a Talent and Engagement Consultant in IBM, Europe says that “Organizations can’t keep transforming if their employees aren’t learning and their skills aren’t aligned with shifting business demands. All managers should make learning a core goal for their employees. It is directly related to their team’s and their company’s success. Employees should get the time and support to achieve learning – and be recognized for it.”
If everyone took the responsibility and made the goals of learning it would make a wonderful journey of self-education.
Think of what you want to learn
The first step to analyze is how and in what way you want to develop yourself. Do detailed research and select topics/subjects which arouse your curiosity. Read as much as possible and do not stick to one genre instead broaden your spectrum and go beyond your regular comfort zone. On your way through this exploration, there would be topics that might catch your interest and inspire you along the way.
Many companies offer continuous learning programs for their employees and make their resources accessible too. There are some organizations that have licenses to some amazing online portals and even incorporate a library in the company to boost the habit of reading.
It is vital for companies to recognize the world is constantly changing and should include various learning methods to empower learning in their employees with the latest technology and tools. If your company doesn’t offer any such benefits then don’t be disappointed but be curious and find online and offline platforms sources through which you can learn.
“There are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life: never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.” ~ Roy Bennett