Never Stop Learning: A Challenge to the Modern Workforce

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Leonardo Da Vinci (artist): Learning never exhausts the mind.

John F. Kennedy (politician): Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Sheryl Sandberg (business executive): The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.

Jack Nicklaus (athlete):  Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.

Whether you’re an artist, politician, executive, or athlete, learning is critical to success and longevity.

As the world continues to evolve at an accelerated pace, gone are the days in which a conventional four-year degree fully prepares graduates for the workplace. What you learned a few years ago may no longer apply today. Experience and tenure were the currencies of yesterday— but today’s unpredictable environment demands that we let go of our instincts to try and implement “what we’ve always done,” and instead reward our ability to recognize and treat all challenges as new.

A Modern Model

Organizations and universities need to strategize new teaching and training models in an effort to close the gap between college graduates who believe they’re equipped for the workplace and hiring managers who discover the opposite. The traditional model of preparing and transitioning individuals with very specific skill sets no longer aligns with the dynamic and complex job roles within various industries.

Changing Times – and Interests

From millennials to baby boomers, the personal interests and environments of those in the workforce has changed at the same rate of technology. Accordingly, education needs to be incorporated throughout our entire lives in order to keep pace with the evolving business landscape as well as to satisfy our innate curiosity and desire for personal growth.

Further, while being equipped with technical skills is important, there is a growing emphasis today for workers who aren’t simply “button pushers.” To keep up, more and more organizations are seeking adaptive leaders with a holistic skill set, including strong leadership, technical, and communication skills. This new ideal employee is someone who can not only execute work, but can also contribute to collaboration, innovation, and the strategic decision-making process.

An emphasis on ongoing education and on-the-job training can provide employees with these valuable skills while also benefitting the company.

Talent Investment

Companies can better tap into their full potential by investing in the core of their business –people. When workers feel that their personal growth and development is supported, they are more likely to feel engaged in the work that they do. As a result, organizations are more likely to retain top talent rather than turn them over.

Adapting a modern model of education that cultivates a culture of learning in the workplace will shape the future generations of the workforce as well as the trajectory of business. To stay ahead of the curve and contribute to career growth and success, it is critical for professionals today to invest in their development by seeking opportunities for continuous learning.

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