Learning is a continuous process. Managing learning is our own responsibility. It has got four main aspects.
- Planning- To plan learning, first we need to recognise our core competencies and desired goals. From there the gaps can be identified.
- Organising- Next step is to organise the learning. It can be through a mentor, peer support, online resources or professional development programs. Learning does not necessarily take place in a controlled or formal environment. It also comes naturally when an individual is doing different task at work.
- Motivation- One must be willing and motivated to learn. Investing time and effort in learning always pay-off. Learning contributes to personal as well as professional development. New skills boosts confidence and gives you an edge over peers and you become an asset.
- Control- Self-reflection plays a very important role in all phases of life. Reflect on what you have learnt and check what else do you need to learn more to upskill yourself.
To maximise the benefits, it is very important to know one’s learning style. According to VARK model, people can be Visual, Auditory, Read-Write learners or Kinaesthetic. Choose the way you learn best. Community learning is another way to enhance or comprehend your own learning in which people brainstorm, interrogate each other’s ideas and then converge on to a final consensus and reflect on the output. Since team members work towards a common goal, everyone is working to improvise the system and process. This cycle keeps on going and has an implicit effect of self-learning and developing into a strong team.
To address technical issues, one must know how to apply technical learning to practical environment. As, in people issues, human feelings and emotions are involved, strong interpersonal skills including empathy, excellent communication skills are required. Therefore, transfer and interpersonal skills play a vital role. Also, if the person is close-minded and think very high of himself, it becomes impossible to learn new concepts. So Open mindedness is another important characteristic required for learning. We must keep learning these skills and strive for continual improvement.
“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you”.
So, Keep Learning and Keep Growing!