A couple of days ago, someone reached out to me on LinkedIn for some advice. He was in a very good job but was keen to learn more in order to build his career. He was sensing some changes in his organization and felt uncomfortable with them. That was perhaps the trigger to start looking outwards and think about "what more, what else"
So we fixed up a call and spent close to 20 minutes talking about learning opportunities and avenues in his area of work. We did not speak about job search/ climbing the ladder etc. The agenda was plain and simple : His Learning
As I reflected on this, here are a few things that I realized:
While I was in my marketing career, my learning was on the job rather than anything else. Perhaps there was no time for anything else. Or perhaps, it was not on my agenda. When I felt my learning had saturated, I became dissatisfied and started wondering "what more, what else" That is how my second career happened.
The avenues of learning are exploding for professionals today... there's Linked In Learning, platforms like Udemy, a thousand networking events to go to, professional bodies offering certifications...everything is available at the click of a button. I wish it were that accessible then.
However, I routinely meet people through my work, who have an underlying discontent that there isn't enough learning happening. This is perhaps accentuated by the fear that in a technology driven world, things are becoming obsolete faster than before..and perhaps skills of the future are yet unknown. Yet they are waiting for someone to push them into learning.
So when I find someone reaching out for advice on learning, it demonstrates that this is an individual who has taken complete ownership of their growth as a professional, who has not left it to their organization to decide what they need to be learning, who has a vision of where they would like their career headed. Being such a professional has multiple benefits.
Goes without saying that Learning will be high. You will acquire new skills making you an asset to your current and future employers.
Clarity of Career Vision will emerge as you expose yourself to different learning opportunities...what is it that I like or am energised by and also what is it that I do not want to pursue.
Building networks will happen on the side as you meet different like-minded people through a course, event or workshop.
You will bring Outside In thinking into your organization, thus creating more value through new initiatives, thanks to your latest knowledge.
Finally, and perhaps more importantly, you will feel the joy of investing in yourself and of your growth as an individual. What more, what else does one want?
About the author:
Yoshita Swarup Sharma is an internationally certified executive coach who specializes in enabling leaders transition into senior and top leadership roles with ease and grace. Take charge of your growth as a leader. Reach out to her, if you are ready to embark on your learning journey. Areas of expertise: Stakeholder management, Executive Presence, Leading Change, High Impact Communication