How to keep up with the changes in working life? Read tips for continuous learning and shaping your own skills

Emmi Keskiaho, Communications Specialist

Would you like to strengthen your own role in developing your competence? Do you feel like you need help identifying your skills? Are you wondering how to get the tools to help you develop continuously? Review the best parts of our Competence Design webinar and watch the recording in Finnish!

Perspectives on learning in constant change

In the webinar, instructor Paula Helle of Workday Designers challenged us to consider how our own work role has changed over the past five years. As the role and tasks change, the skill requirements also change.

In the (r)evolution of working life, the following are particularly emphasized:​​​​​​​

  • The right skills – not just a degree
    The change in competence requirements is so rapid that degrees may not necessarily keep up. Therefore, it is important to find new ways of learning and agilely update competences to meet the needs of working life. Working life is more meaningful when there is a demand for one's own competence.
  • More interactive and experimental learning
    In the past, it has been possible to learn through textbooks and from best practices. Nowadays, learning takes place more often through problem solving by studying and experimenting what works in different situations.
  • Transparency and accessibility of education
    Free trainings are available at any time – Elements of AI, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, etc. Even courses at top universities can be attended free of charge or for a small amount of compensation. Don't be afraid to try it out and look for the right information specifically for you!
  • Learning as one of the superpowers of the future
    People's role in working life is changing as artificial intelligence increases and handles routines. Future working life skills emphasise people's ability to learn, their creativity, problem-solving ability and interaction.

Design methods can be applied to learning

Do you get excited about constant learning, or does this make you tired sometimes? Both are part of the deal! Learning new things always happens to some extent in the discomfort zone. It's best to accept this and keep trying relentlessly.

Expertise can be developed by means of design:

  1. Look at your own motivation.
    What is important to you? What do you want to familiarize yourself with? What skills requirements does your work bring up? What are you already good at and how can you strengthen these skills? What things bring you joy of learning? From these, it is natural to continue and develop your own know-how. It's worth going towards your own interests, even if you don't know how to use them yet!
  2. Choose what you want to focus on.
    There may be too many needs rather than too little. You don't have to do everything at once. Choose those that are particularly useful or relevant to you.
  3. Brainstorm openly and boldly.
    How do you yourself best learn what you chose as your goal? Challenge yourself to think about what different practises might be appropriate to learn? Think about the situations in which you have learned something new particularly well or effectively? Could you learn together with a colleague, could you take on a challenging project. Find out and ask how others have learned.
  4. Try new learning ideas.
    Start with a low threshold and learn by trying! The best solutions become refined by testing. A prototype is a light way to try it out in practice. What kind of learning experiment could you do?
  5. Test what works!
    What suits others may not suit you. Ideas are refined through reflection, so regularly take a break for thinking. Think about how you're doing, have you learned what you wanted and what to do next? Did you learn something about yourself as a learner? Reflection is an important part of learning. This is done by implementing small learning moments. For example, for a week try to learn something new, and then reflect on it. How well you learn, whether I could increase the performance of something in some way or find a new way to learn. Did I notice obstacles to learning in myself or some new aspects of my thinking.
  6. Implement relentlessly and repeat
    ​​​​​​In order for learning to pay off and for you to reach your goals, you need that famous guts. Learning is a process in which through repetition something changes first in your thinking, then in your actions. Change is the best indicator.

Continuous learning and designing one's own competence is first and foremost the ability to see new opportunities and take a hold of them.

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