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Learn new things by finding meaning and joy, for your own sake and for the world

Mirva Puranen, Development Manager, Employment Services

Continuous learning, or lifelong learning, has become a career mantra over the last few years. When you take a look at how fast the world is changing and how people are trying to navigate it, it is easy to understand why. Fortunately, many people are already aware of the constant need to acquire new skills. Keep reading if you need tips on learning and clarifying what things matter the most to you!

In the YTK spring membership survey*, 60% of respondents estimated that they will need new skills or knowledge in the next few years. Almost 70% also said that they know what kind of skills they will need in the future.

This means that 30% are unsure of their future skills needs. How could we make them understand what skills they should develop next? And how could we get the remaining 40% to think about how their skills will very likely become obsolete in the future? 

It is natural that in the middle of all the duties and commitments of everyday life, a webinar, professional development book or training comes second. Perhaps it would help your competence development journey if you clarified what things are the most meaningful to you. If you have not yet done this background work, here are a couple of tips to help you get started!

Helpful tools for understanding competence development

Let’s start with more traditional ways of analysing your skills and learning. Did you know that competence development methods are often divided into three areas with the 70-20-10 model? According to this model, 70% of learning happens on the job through projects, assignments and tasks. 20% of learning comes from other people through teamwork or feedback. Only 10% of learning happens through courses, literature and webinars.

If you think about your skills within this framework, what things from your palette of skills would you list under each of these three areas? If this framework feels strange to you, you can also use a “learning hand” to understand your skills.

*Jäsenpulssi membership survey, March 2022, n = 19,749

Things that are meaningful to you define the direction of competence development

Prior to writing this, I listened to Jaakko Sahimaa’s training on meaning and purpose (which you can, by the way, find in the online training library included in your membership benefits). One of the frameworks he used to describe meaning and purpose is ikigai, a Japanese concept for what makes life meaningful and gives it a purpose. What if you approached competence development with the dimensions of ikigai?

You can start building your own ikigai by answering four questions:

  1. What you love
  2. What you are good at
  3. What the world needs
  4. What you can get paid for

After giving thought to these four questions, you will find your passion, mission, calling and profession – your own ikigai. By using these questions as your direction for competence development, you will promote your sense of purpose and take a few steps towards a more meaningful life and career.

When you clarify the different dimensions of your competence, you will also gain great material to use in your job application, LinkedIn profile or other professional settings.

Choose the paths of competence development that are meaningful to you and find the joy of learning. At the same time, you can make sure that you will enjoy your job – or future jobs – and be confident about your skills and abilities. That’s professional well-being at its best.

More tips

The online training library for working life and online trainings by Eduhouse are included in your YTK Association membership – don’t forget to take advantage of your benefits!

When you update your skills with trainings by Eduhouse, you will get a certificate or a transcript of record of your courses to prove your skills. By completing a combination of trainings on the same subject area, you can incorporate entirely new areas into your skill set and put what you have learned into practice in your job.

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