What a great article. I must admit that when I left University I really believed that I had all the relevant skills and knowledge to succeed in my career. Nearly 22 years on and my focus on personal development has never been so focused, not because I feel it is needed, but because learning energises, inspires and helps me to innovate in the environment around me. It keeps me relevant.
Until I enrolled on a LEAD programme (a non-academic, cohort led mini MBA) around 7 years ago, I did no proactive learning at all. Since then my week is filled with networking, reading, podcasts, social media scanning all with the objective of learning.
How do you ensure you stay relevant?
It’s not about learning a set of skills and then being “prepared” for life. It’s about learning to continuously learn over the course of your whole career. As AT&T CEO and Chair Randall Stephenson, recently told the New York Times, “There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop….People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning will obsolete themselves with the technology.”