Here's What Thriving as a Learning Professional Means
You are always learning, staying up to date on your core skill set and expanding into arenas that are of personal interest or that are being demanded by your clients or by changing roles.
You experiment with learning tools and techniques, trying out new technologies and learning strategies by using yourself as a learner as your first test subject.
You dive into a particular niche to become an expert, keeping an eye on emerging skills and what peers and competitors are doing so that you can stay ahead.
You keep an eye toward the future, trying to anticipate the skills you’ll need to have to meet emerging learning needs.
To those ends, the essays in this eBook provide advice and guidance for your professional development. They draw from the rich history of our field, from my own experience, and from solid research to identify practices that are effective. They’re perhaps more long-form than you are used to because I have tried to detail easy-to-follow practices as well as capture nuance.
You can spend your entire career in L&D and never be bored. Opportunities abound. It’s important for you to take the lead in finding the L&D career path that matches your interest and skills. The essays in this section provide broad career advice.
Section 02 - TOOLS FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT
Learning how to learn provides the footing for your development, whatever your goals. Use the techniques in these essays to shape your own professional development strategies and share them with others who may want to do the same.
Section 03 - STRATEGIES FOR LEADING LEARNING
There are some skills we develop not to accelerate our own learning but to be better prepared to serve the needs of our clients. The essays in this final section take a look at some L&D techniques for developing learning strategies for clients and learners.
Appendix & Resource Links
SITES WITH ACTIVITY IDEAS
THE NUANCES AND CRITIQUES OF DESIGN THINKING
THE COMMUNITY OF INQUIRY FRAMEWORK
THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
It is our hope that compiling these recommendations into an eBook format will give you both food for thought and concrete actions that you can take to manage your own professional development. In L&D, we should never be like the cobbler’s children who have no shoes. Instead, the shoes we stand in should be the most modern and practical, with accessories that stand out without being too flashy. Your ongoing professional development will outfit you for the future.
Best wishes from your companion on the learning journey,