“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 Take Charge of Your Professional Development, Alexis Grant, US News, 17 August 2011Your current skills will be out of date in 5 years.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 The lessons learned in school can become outdated long before student loans are paid off.”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
“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 …
Online social workshop at the Social Learning Centre starts Monday 27 May.
Organising a formal online social learning experience for the workplace is much more than just requiring people to use some social media tools in an online course, rather it means applying 5 fundamental pedagogical principles:
You can read more about the importance of these principles for underpinning a successful formal online social learning experience in my blog post, 5 principles for a successful formal online social learning experience.
This workshop will help you plan a formal online social learning experience as well as scaffold its framework. It will also provide the opportunity for you to run a short session yourself with the other participants.
Although this workshop is primarily aimed at those active in workplace learning, it will also be suitable for those in education.
Part 1 : 27 MAY - 7 JUNE
Week 1: Planning your workshop
Weeks 2-3: Scaffolding the framework
Break to allow time for you to work on your own online social learning experience
Part 2 : 15 JULY - 7 AUGUST
Weeks 4-5: Running your own mini online social learning session. Members are encouraged to participate in as many as of the other online social expereinces they can.
Week 6: Review: reflections on your own experience both as an organiser and participant.
Book a place
To register for this online social workshop, please complete the registration form HERE
“A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia)
I've had such a lot of interest in the new book I'm working on, The Workplace Learning Revolution, that I decided to create a free mini e-book version.
This 24 page document provides an overview of how the Internet is changing the way we learn at work and how organisations can support these new ways of learning.
It also provides links to the more comprehensive version that I am building online.
I've put the document on Slideshare, where you can download a copy, but below is the embedded version.
As part of the Learning & Performance Institute's Webinar programme:
Date: Wednesday 8th May 2013
Starts: 3.00pm (UK BST)
Finishes: 4.00pm (UK BST)
Presenters: Harold Jarche & Jane Hart
In the digitally connected enterprise everyone will need a new set of personal and social workplace skills, including:
In this webinar, Harold Jarche and Jane Hart will discuss these new skills, and how L&D can build and support them in their organisations.
They will also talk about the new Certificate and Diploma programme to be offered through the Learning & Performance Institute, so that learning professionals can become certified in this new area of connected work.