Tanssii tähtien kanssa MTV3-kanavalla ja MTV Katsomossa sunnuntaisin klo 19.30. Kuva: MTV / Onni Ojala

Striving for a beginner's mind

Ilona Kangas, toiminnanjohtaja

We simply cannot succeed in our careers if we are not able to look at things from a new perspective from time to time. “The future forces us to become beginners” noted futurist Perttu Pölönen at the 4T Summit event. Cultivating a beginner’s mind is easier for some than for others. One excellent example of a beginner’s mind is the show Dancing with the Stars, which is currently aired on TV. What lessons can we draw from for our career?

My mother worked as a bank advisor back in the days when bank buildings were landmarks in city centres. Staff were served delicious breakfasts, lunches and a few coffee breaks during the day. Works by distinguished artists from all over the country were hung in prominent places of the bank halls, and people came through the impressive doors hat in hand to do business. Today, I tap open an app on my phone and take care of my banking as a self-service, transfer money to friends by MobilePay or Siirto, and if I come across a banknote, I suspect it of being a counterfeit. Stories like this one are everywhere. The nature of work has changed, and old jobs have disappeared.

You too must have witnessed many changes over the past years and decades. As I write this, a couple of food delivery robots are bustling past my window delivering groceries to people's homes.

It goes without saying, then, that we must be able to change even the way we see the world around us – let alone learn new skills that allow us to hold on to a job throughout our lives.  My retirement age is likely to be over the age of 70, but what if I feel stuck by the time I reach my 50s? We simply cannot succeed in our careers if we are not able to look at things from a new perspective from time to time. By cultivating a beginner’s mind, as futurist Perttu Pölönen noted at the 4T Summit event by YTK and Eduhouse in September.

In the footsteps of dancing stars

Cultivating a beginner’s mind is easier for some than for others. Age, education, perceived life experiences and innate characteristics all play a part. However, mental flexibility is something that is useful to practice, which why we encourage all YTK members to do so. We offer you a wide range of opportunities for developing your way of thinking and learning new skills. You can start with the online training library for working life or by listening to Henkka Hyppönen's thought-provoking presentation on how humans and AI can live side by side in the future.

One excellent example of a beginner’s mind is the show Dancing with the Stars, which is currently aired on TV. The show features a number of top dance professionals as well as several total beginners. The celebrities taking part have an enviably brave attitude to trying something new, jumping straight to live TV on a national network and the mercy of tabloids. I have huge respect for everyone who enters the competition with no dancing skills whatsoever. And how we all loved MP Antti Kaikkonen's ability to throw himself into the show!

Dancing with the Stars is also an excellent demonstration of brilliant teamwork: The amateur is coached by a professional. The dance professional must know how to design a routine with the right difficulty level. Additional help comes from costume designers, make-up artists, musicians, lighting artists and directors. The beginner gets to shine when surrounded by the right team of supporters.

That’s how we at YTK like to think about our role in the lives of our members. We support you in the twists and turns of work and life so that you can shine. Learn more in the online training library You can also start by learning an entirely new way to do your daily chores, for example – try that online store now if you haven't had time before.


Tanssii tähtien kanssa on channel MTV3 and MTV Katsomo on Sundays at 19.30. Pictures: MTV / Onni Ojala

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