Learning- To Stay Relevant

This post is in response to the HBR article entitled, “To Stay Relevant, Your Company and Employees Must Keep Learning.”

Do you remember being in school? College? Grad school? High School…? Do you remember thinking something akin to, “I will be so glad when I am out of here, and don’t have to be learning or reading something ALL the time.” How did that work out for you?

If you’re like me, you’ve actually learned quite a bit since you got out of “school.” Learning seems to be the THE new business and career readiness competency.

The CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson, says in the article, “There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop….People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning will obsolete themselves…”

What does this mean from a career readiness perspective?

In this author’s opinion, we can and should be helping our students move toward knowing their learning style. What do they enjoy learning? How do they enjoy learning it? Hands-on, wrote, verbal, etc. We might also take another look how to best make a learning experience enjoyable. If you’re an educator, you might remember E.L. Thorndike‘s theory on effect.

People need to like learning and know how to do it well. They’ll be doing it their whole career.