Business Unusual

Learning is a lifelong requirement now

You may have completed primary, secondary and tertiary education, now start your continuing education.

While all forms of education have long been available for those with the aptitude and access, the need for universal primary and secondary education has developed since the Industrial Revolution and there has been a much greater demand for tertiary education since the beginning of the information age starting in the 1950s.

Life is more complex than ever now and so too is work, preparing to perform the role you are required to at work requires more training than before. Once you are fully qualified you can expect more change which may result in your role being automated or requiring additional training.

Not only is there a risk of a job function being automated, but there is also a growing shift for work to be outsourced or made freelance. In order to get contracts, your skillset will need to remain up to date.

While a skill once learnt in the past may have remained useful for a period of 30 years, the World Economic Forum now calculates that to be 6 years.

These are some of the reasons we will no longer be able to stop continuing education.

Once you recover from the shock of having to go back to school, you can begin considering the options that will work best for you.

Short courses

The first step is to sign up for a short course, ideally about something you have a passion for already or perhaps a course that helps you learn how to learn again.

Part of that process is to reflect on whether you have the kind of attitude that embraces change and learning new things which is ideal or if you tend to see your skills and abilities as fixed and opt to stop trying if you don’t succeed with your first attempts.

That is not to say anyone can do anything, but those with so-called fixed mindsets tend to not challenge themselves as much as those with a growth mindset.

Next, you need to decide how you will do the short course. There are a wide variety of options, but I will focus on those that have grown in popularity in the last decade, online courses.

From a video series hosted on YouTube to a lecture series made available as a podcast to an online course consisting of audio, text and video.

Some will go a step further and offer certification and formal qualifications for the work completed. This should be your ultimate goal, but if you are new to it, don’t sign up for the full course until you have tried a few that are free.

Once you have created the time needed to dedicate to the learning you can consider which courses your current employer would see as an advantage or you can look at which courses would help you pursue a new career direction.

Is this for me?

I would suggest that everyone should get comfortable with continuing education and the sooner the better.

For high school students, look for courses related to subjects you are interested in to help get a better sense of what direction you might want to go after school.

For those that have completed Matric but are unsure about what to study or did not gain entrance to your preferred course, look to take an online version to build the necessary skills and credits to gain entrance at a later date.

You might think those in tertiary education would have no need for additional short courses, but for life skills like your financial planning, or how to use the tools most often used in business like spreadsheets, word processing and even basic coding will make your transition to the workspace easier.

For those that are already employed the options are to extend your knowledge, specialise or branch out to understand the industry more broadly. Every business is being impacted by a need to do more with data, courses to improve your ability to work with data would work well with courses to give you at least an introduction to computational thinking and basic coding.

What now?

There are plenty of options to choose from, here are a few links to get you started.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
How to support outdoor entertainment indoors

How to support outdoor entertainment indoors

Theatres across the world have gone dark, but you can still support and watch the arts while at home

A tipping point for video conferencing

A tipping point for video conferencing

A business tool for older generations, a staple for younger ones

Innovation in a time of crisis

Innovation in a time of crisis

A collection of stories about how to do business in very unusual times

Writing the operating manual for humans

Writing the operating manual for humans

Tech companies are looking to take data collection to a new level and it’s not to sell ads.

Using cat videos to get you to Mars

Using cat videos to get you to Mars

SpaceX is looking to fund its trips to Mars by building an internet company

What your business can do to deal with a potentially unusual 2020 flu season

What your business can do to deal with a potentially unusual 2020 flu season

It is an issue every year, but with Covid-19 still spreading, this flu season will be an unusual one.

Popular articles
President Cyril Ramaphosa extends lockdown by 2 weeks

President Cyril Ramaphosa extends lockdown by 2 weeks

We all want it to be over but our immediate priority must be saving the lives of our fellow South Africans, says President Ramaphosa.

[WATCH LIVE] President Ramaphosa addresses nation on efforts to contain Covid-19

[WATCH LIVE] President Ramaphosa addresses nation on efforts to contain Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the nation on society’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

How to start a side hustle in South Africa

How to start a side hustle in South Africa

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield asks serial entrepreneur Nic Haralambous for advice on starting a side hustle.

'‘Government must allow e-commerce during lockdown like China did in Wuhan'

'‘Government must allow e-commerce during lockdown like China did in Wuhan'

Should e-commerce expand during the lockdown? Bruce Whitfield interviews Takealot’s Kim Reid and Adrian Zelter (Coronation).

Even if SA recovers it won't help tourism if Covid-19 remains elsewhere

Even if SA recovers it won't help tourism if Covid-19 remains elsewhere

SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona on how the government is assisting and how the industry might recover and grow after Covid-19.

[LISTEN] Teddy Bear clinic launches campaign for chidlren's masks

[LISTEN] Teddy Bear clinic launches campaign for chidlren's masks

Joanne Joseph speaks to Teddy Bear Clinic director Dr Shaheda Omar about the project.

Chris Hani family to launch youth development foundation

Chris Hani family to launch youth development foundation

Granddaughter Nosipho Hani-Khumalo says the foundation will focus on creating opportunities for youth.

Rahima Moosa Nursing College ditches finger-scanners for facial recognition

Rahima Moosa Nursing College ditches finger-scanners for facial recognition

Vice-principal Jazmin Gassiep says she was motivated by listening to 702's coverage of COVID-19 to upgrade their system.

Johannesburg is COVID-19 epicentre with more than 400 confirmed cases

Johannesburg is COVID-19 epicentre with more than 400 confirmed cases

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka gives an update from Premier David Makhura's briefing on coronavirus.

Why are few companies applying for UIF's COVID-19 relief?

Why are few companies applying for UIF's COVID-19 relief?

A study has revealed that most companies are not applying for the Unemployment Insurance Fund offer.