Lifelong learning as an employment strategy
The Covid-19 pandemic catalyzed a dramatic shift in the workforce. Before Covid-19 became a national emergency in the United States, the World Economic Forum announced in January 2020 its call for a global reskilling revolution. As a result, firms across the globe now seek entirely new skills of potential new hires. These skills include resilience, adaptability, and interpersonal comfortability.
Seeing as these skills became buzzwords before Covid-19 shifted the global economy upside down, it is now even more important for professionals to use these in-demand traits as guiding forces towards lifelong learning. Understanding how you learn best requires more than knowing if schedules or modalities work for you — or if you would rather listen to a podcast than watch a YouTube channel. But because our society waters down discussions of learning strategies to its tactics, we fail to think outside the box. Rarely do we think deeply about why learning matters and what joy it can bring to our professional lives.
Instead, you should know what prompts your inspiration to learn something. Understanding your educational inspirations, and communicating them during the hiring process, can help employers
identify whether you are a good fit for their organization. Simultaneously, having a better idea of what excites you and how you manifest that excitement will make career decisions on what lies ahead come much easier. How lifelong learning encourages professionals to meet and exceed their potential
When employees sincerely understand how they learn, they are more likely to reap significant rewards during performance reviews. A well-completed appraisal helps both the team leader and team member identify skills gaps. As a result, both the team member and team leader understand a path to improvement that specifically caters to the circumstances at hand.
Professionals should always try and maintain a genuine curiosity about what skills they demonstrate best and what skills empower their colleagues to succeed. Since employers and employees alike rely on the language of skills during performance management, it is crucial to develop an emotional intelligence surrounding our skill-sets. Some skills will come easily to us, while others may be more challenging to master no matter how badly we want to refine our craft. But the more one understands how they learn, the more they will understand how they succeed. How to develop positive habits for lifelong learning
To develop and maintain lifelong learning habits, you first want to identify which activities fit your personality, lifestyle, and working patterns. If you tend to spend a great deal of time on your phone every morning before you get out of bed, you may want to consider subscribing to a daily newsletter that you can read as soon as you open your eyes. Alternatively, you may opt to end your day with a nightly news program or an episode from a topical series that intrigues you. Regardless of what you choose, identifying activities calls into question what time of day, type of material, and areas of study work best for you.
Since information is more accessible than ever been, you may want to consider maintaining a series of lists to guide you on your learning conquests. For example, a handwritten “learned” and “to-learn” list can help you stay on track of acquired professional skills and skills that you look to refine in future workplace capacities. You can also use these lists as journaling prompts to reflect on how you acquired these skills and which strategies made skill acquisition possible. About Krishen Iyer Krishen Iyer
is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the California-based MAIS Consulting Group. The group builds on Iyer’s nearly two-decades-long experience collaborating with insurance distribution centers on their contracting and marketing strategies. Iyer helps the firm’s client partnerships by empowering his team to identify areas for improvement. Clients meet and exceed measurable business goals thanks to Iyer’s leadership
and the firm’s expert team.
A California native
, Iyer graduated from the San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration in 2003. In his free time, Iyer enjoys playing and watching golf and soccer.