The learning and development field has come a long way in the last decade or two.
For many businesses learning and development no longer involves merely providing domain-specific training to make employees more productive in their job roles and moving beyond compliance training in general. There’s a new “normal” in town.
Today, the career world of learning and development involves the requirement of a variety of skills to enable the end-to-end development of a workforce burdened with heavy workloads and overwhelmed with the speed of change. Not to mention one that is widely dispersed, working from all corners of the world.
A career in L&D requires developing, sourcing, and/or curating curriculum for soft skills training to diversity and inclusion, from behavioral change to mindset transformation. Depending on the hat you wear the job may necessitate strategy development, learning architecture, EdTech – all in the name of providing business impact and value. Connecting learning to KPI outcomes.
Therefore, as expected, the career requirements to become a learning and development professional has changed to reflect a modern workforce. In previous years, having a technical understanding of the job roles you serve, with access to a strong SME would be enough to get you started on any project. But today…you must also have a minimum working knowledge of the basics of human psychology, learning principles, digital technologies/tools, data analytics, change management, and emotional intelligence. Whew – that’s a mouthful.
It’s a career not for the faint of heart nor those with thin skins. You must be flexible, adaptable, and curiosity-driven, with a heap of business acumen to carry you through any given day.
A career in L&D ensures you’ll have opportunities to work with people from different career backgrounds with varying personalities and from all walks of life. When dealing with people, you’ll never get bored. You’ll discover exciting and ever-interesting aspects of the industry you work in and the people within it. If you love change…you’re in the right place.
As an L&D professional, you’ll be supporting people’s development every day. No one comes to work to fail. The programs/guidance/support you provide, the resources you share, and the communities you help nurture all help people succeed. You will be instrumental in helping to motivate and inspire employees through continuous learning and building on their existing skills and capabilities.
When you help lay the groundwork for a “culture of learning” in your organization, you directly impact people’s retention and motivation. Not only at work, but possibly in life.
So yes, there is a lot of good, some bad but mostly potential in the career field of L&D, so let’s get together and discuss how and why we do what we do. How we can help guide a new generation of Learning Professionals?
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