Lifelong Learning

When it's in our culture to spend years becoming experts in our field and working our way up to the top, it becomes increasingly challenging to admit our inadequacies and gaps in our knowledge.

Whilst this might not seem like a big deal - it's bigger than we can comprehend because although technology might not take away our jobs entirely, it does force change upon many people. And with this type of stigmatisation towards knowledge, we're limiting our opportunities for life-long learning; one of the key components to the future world of work. 

In a rapidly changing market where the jobs of today might not exist in five years time, there will be a large percentage of us who will need to re-train and in some respect, start over in our careers. For anyone of us, starting over can be anxiety-inducing and demoralising after having already invested time and money into developing our existing skills.

However, understanding it's a possibility for us all, where does this leave us as school leavers, graduates, employees, the unemployed and employers? How do we cultivate life-long learning within ourselves and our teams to prepare us for the future and what's needed to stay ahead?

Whilst we can't be sure of what technical skills will be asked of us, we are aware of the foundational skills and those include play, creativity, curiosity, adaptability, empathy, self-management, communication, learning velocity. You might say some of these reflect what we see in our children today, and are sadly skills that we begin to abandon out of fear of appearing improper and childlike. 

But if we're going to set the stage for new innovations and stay aligned with technology rather than be overwhelmed by it, it doesn't matter what age you are and how far along you are in your career, learning and developing these foundational skills will prepare you as well as enable you to map out your career for the future...

Time to reignite our child-selves. 

Robyn Dooley