“For today’s students the picture is extremely challenging. It is estimated that current learners will have more than 10 jobs by the age of 38.” Jobs for life are a thing of the past, so it’s time to get thinking about self-managed careers, Mary Kirkland, EDP 24, 13 August 2012Your employer will train you to do your existing job (e.g. how to use IT systems or carry out company processes) but is unlikely to develop you professionally.
“Taking charge of your professional development has become even more important since the recession, because some companies no longer have the funds to help employees grow beyond their basic duties. And since employees tend to have shorter stays with companies than they did years ago, companies may not see the value in training an employee they could lose.” Take Charge of Your Professional Development, Alexis Grant, US News, 17 August 2011Your current skills will be out of date in 5 years. What you learned yesterday is already the past.
“A bachelor’s degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an expected shelf life of only five years according to extensive work we’ve done in conjunction with Deloitte’s Shift Index. The key takeaway? The lessons learned in school can become outdated long before student loans are paid off.” Mind the (skills) gap, William D. Eggers, John Hagel and Owen Sanderson, HBR Blog Network, 22 September 2012
What this means for Knowledge Workers
It means you need to take charge of your own professional development to ensure you are ready and marketable for your next job.
“There are many barriers to directing your professional development from inside your organization, but almost none outside the workplace, other than time and motivation. Do not wait to take control of your professional development, Harold Jarche, 24 September 2012This doesn't just mean attending a conference every year or taking a course from time to time, professional learning and development needs to be an ongoing process.
“Commit yourself to lifelong learning and you’ll be prepared for that next job, as well as the decisions you’ll need to make about which job to take. It’s all about the adventure.” 5 ways to prep for you next, better job, Alice Korngold, Fast Company 23 May 2013It's also not just about learning "the old" - i.e. existing bodies of knowledge or skills, but learning "the new" - keeping up to speed with the new thinking and ideas in an industry and profession.
“Unless you are actively (and constantly) seeking to learn something new, you will not be ready for the transition which is just down the road. And by new, I don’t just mean that next version of software that just came out, or the new accounting regulation that FASB just passed. I mean something entirely new. Something outside of your comfort zone.” The Job of a Lifetime, No Longer Lasts a Lifetime, Social-Hire.com, 23 May 2013Immersing yourself in the constant flow of new ideas requires a new set of personal knowledge management (PKM) skills ...
“At its core, PKM is a way to deal with an ever-increasing amount of digital information. It requires an open attitude toward learning and finding new things. Each person needs to develop individualized processes of filing, classifying and annotating information for later retrieval.” Harold Jarche, Jarche.com… as well as a personal toolkit of online social media tools, networks and services. At the Connected Knowledge Lab we can help you develop these new personal skills and build your toolset, so that you can
- seek out opportunities to keep up to date with what is happening in your industry or profession
- make sense of what you find
- share what you know with others; as well as
- develop an online presence to promote yourself to future employers
“Learning the new is therefore a very different “learning” experience; it is about being in the flow of new ideas, making sense of what we hear and find out, ie by “joining the dots” ourselves, and by sharing our thoughts, experiences, etc with others in our teams, groups, communities and networks. It’s not about waiting for someone to come along to teach us this new knowledge or new skills; but rather to continuously learn for ourselves.” “ “Learning the new” vs ” the old”, Jane Hart, 15 November 2012As a member of the Connected Knowledge Lab you will be able to …
- participate in monthly online mini-workshops and web meetings on a variety of topics
- access a growing collection of online resources on personal knowledge management, online tools and services, and more
- join a trusted space to converse with the Lab hosts and other members
- as well as benefit from reduced rates for one-to-one coaching from the Lab hosts, Harold Jarche and Jane Hart.