So do you miss the training that your old employer used to give you?

by Barrie Hopson on April 15, 2016 · 1 comment

in New ways of working,portfolio careers

Not much is the usual answer I get from portfolio workers. Training unbelievably appears to be one of the first things cut in hard times. And politicians and commentators wonder why our productivity is relatively low compared with many other countries.
I don’t have hard data from the UK but recent research from the US clearly shows that most employees are taking responsibility for their own training rather than wait for employers to offer it. This, as any portfolio worker will recognise, is exactly what you have to do when beginning a portfolio career. So what this development shows is that swathes of workers are already beginning to behave like portfolio workers.

“Two-thirds of US human resources professionals who specialize in employee development admit their workers aren’t turning to them for learning. It seems employees are taking matters into their own hands.”

Increasingly you need to focus on what you need to learn to do your present job more effectively or to equip yourselves with skills that you will need to transit into another job or even other jobs. You are responsible for your learning. Don’t wait around to see if others will simply offer it to you.

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1 Darryl Howes April 19, 2016 at 11:57 am

Agree completely. Far too much of the training in my old traditional career seemed to ill thought out. ‘Courses’ (as they were called then) were supposed to be pre and post briefed, but never were due to time constraints. The assumption was, you’ve had the training, now you can do the job.
As a freelancer, I’m now so much more motivated to develop skills that are helpful to me and feel that I’ve become better in many more, and different, ways. For example, to improve my writing skills, I did an on-line course in journalism.
So, for me, in the same way that marketing has moved to an inbound, ‘pull’ model rather than the traditional ‘push’ advertising, so self-development is much more at the speed of need and via strong engagement with the learner.
Thanks for an interesting post Barrie.

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