Modern Professional Learning: A new mindset, toolset and skillset

Today there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – and whereas your own organisation will provide you with training, e-learning and other learning opportunities, it can’t possibly provide you with everything you will need throughout your career. It is ultimately your responsibility to take charge of your own lifelong learning – that is your own continuous self-improvement (for the now) and self-development (for the future). To do this you need a new learning mindset as well as a new toolset and skillset.

New mindset

In the new world of work, 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. “Learning” is not something that has to be organised for you, you can do a lot for yourself, as well as recognise that it can also happen accidentally or serendipitously as a by-product of doing something else, i.e. working alongside others in the workplace.

New toolset

This therefore means that the tools for learning are not just those dedicated to taking courses or studying, but tools that help you learn in a multitude of ways. Here is a downloadable interactive infographic showing The Modern Professional’s Digital (Learning) Toolkit for 2019 that has been generated from the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018 compiled from the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools survey The infographic categorises the tools into 5 key tool areas. Click a tool to find more about it.


New skills

A new set of learning skills will also be required to help you make the most of all these tools as well as the different (learning) experiences and opportunities you seek out or encounter. This online resource will show you how. Remember though, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, it will be up to you to find what works for you.


This resource has been produced by Jane Hart.