Modern Professionals learn for many different reasons – not just because they have to – to become competent and compliant in their organisation – but because they want to, for their own personal and professional reasons. Here are some of those reasons:
- To acquire a new body of knowledge or a new skill
- To solve a performance problem
- To improve the work they currently do
- To keep up to date with what’s happening in their industry or profession
- To prepare for the future
- For inspiration
- To innovate (i.e. do or think differently)
- For the joy of learning
For Modern Professional Learners, learning is not something that happens just in education or training, but happens in many different ways every day both at work and on the Web – as shown on the diagram to the right. Hence modern professional learning skills are not just about how to study or take a course online, but how to make the most of all the different experiences and opportunities they seek out and encounter.
For Modern Professional Learners, learning is not something that has to be organised for them, they mostly organise it for themselves, and recognise that it can also happen accidentally or serendipitously as a by-product of doing something else.
Modern Professional Learners understand that learning is ultimately their own responsibility, and appreciate that although their organisation will provide them with training, e-learning and other learning opportunities, it can’t possibly provide them with everything they need throughout their career. In other words, they realise it is up to them to take charge of their own self-improvement (for the now) and self-development (for the future)..
In the modern workplace there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – so it’s up to everyone to continually update their knowledge and skills, and become an independent Modern Professional Learner. So how do you do this? This resource will show you how. Remember though, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to being a Modern Professional Learner, it will be up to you to find what works for you.