June 17, 2019

Continuous learning as the new mindset in a changing world


Find the best ways to keep your skills fresh and test your assumptions regularly

The impact of all these changes on the business landscape has been profound. And to keep up with those changes, we must update and prepare ourselves for them. This requires us to inspire and nurture a mindset for continuous learning in ourselves and the people we lead. After all, it is learning that allows us to face different challenges, overcome them and achieve our goals.

 

Mindset is made up of our experiences, values, and beliefs, and although it can be rigid, it is one of those elements in this world that you actually have control over. Mindset is what causes you to view things in a certain way. It will also determine whether you will be able to build on the important skills you learn.

 

A learning mindset is essential for achieving success as well as sustaining it. We can’t rely on our past success or the usual way of doing things if we want to succeed in the future. What can work today may no longer work tomorrow. The knowledge we possess today could also become redundant tomorrow.

 

For all these reasons, we need a lifelong learning mindset. Here are four things to keep in mind when nurturing this essential attribute.

 

The first point to keep in mind is the importance of reskilling. Reskilling is a process by which learners update their knowledge and skills to fit the current landscape, or they acquire new knowledge and skills to take on a different scope of tasks and jobs.

 

The importance of reskilling is underlined dramatically in studies quoted in The Future of Jobs Report 2018 by the World Economic Forum. It compares the skill demands of 2018 and 2022 and predicts that in just a few years, skills in personnel management, memorization, and even manual dexterity will become redundant. Meanwhile, skills in active learning, analytical thinking and innovation, and emotional intelligence will rise.

 

Nothing lasts forever and although the knowledge and skills we learn to stay with us for life, we need to also update and polish them because times do change.

 

The second point is learning how to learn. This may sound silly to some since learning comes naturally to some people, but the fact is that it might not be so natural for others. Oftentimes, the reason is that they have mistaken learning for studying.

 

Although similar in terms of acquiring knowledge, what distinguishes learning from studying is that learning also means putting that knowledge into practice. Practicing new and updated knowledge that you acquired through learning is important for testing your assumptions and ensuring that you will retain what you learned better.

 

The third point is to have a well-rounded learning ecosystem. Learning doesn’t just happen inside the four walls of a classroom. Today, learning can happen beyond a classroom but can take the form of engaging with other peers, reading books and articles or online courses and instructional videos.

 

Personalized learning is a great way to create a full learning ecosystem. This approach pulls together different types of learning that you can mix and match. This ultimately gives learners the power to customize their learning to match their preferences and needs, and thus is more effective for them.

 

The fourth point is allowing mistakes and failure to be your teacher. Failure isn’t desirable, but if controlled, it is an important experience on the road to success. Instill into your mindset that mistakes and failure are lessons to be learned from, not the reason for your downfall.

 

All in all, the new mindset for our changing world is one that embraces lifelong learning. Learning isn’t a destination where we all end up knowing everything. It is a constant journey of self-discovery and self-development which in turns improves everything around us. It is about opening your mind to new things to continue growing. As Steve Jobs has once said, we must always “stay foolish, stay hungry”. It is only then that we’ll be able to realize our full potential.

 


Arinya Talerngsri is Chief Capability Officer and Managing Director at SEAC (formerly APMGroup) Southeast Asia’s Lifelong Learning Center. She can be reached by email at arinya_t@seasiacenter.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/arinya-talerngsri-53b81aa. Experience our lifelong learning ecosystem today at https://www.yournextu.com/