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Learning and Development, why it matters?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

So, you have just graduated from university and lined up a great new job for yourself. Well done, you should be proud of yourself. After numerous all-night study sessions, drinking copious amounts of Red Bull to get through your finals, you have probably loudly declared you are never studying again. Well I have news for you. Your learning is only just beginning…

With the rapid advances in technology, the business environment is changing beyond recognition. The pace of change is faster than it ever has been. It is quite possible the skills learned in your third level institution will be out of date by the time you sign your contract of employment. You can’t afford to stand still, or you will get left behind as your skills and knowledge quickly become outdated.

As professionals we need to adopt a mindset of lifelong learning throughout our careers, constantly updating our skills to stay relevant. Ongoing learning and development is the key to staying up to date with changing trends in the environment ensuring competency in your profession. A knowledgeable employee is more effective in the workplace. Employers are safeguarded, confident that their employees are up to date with the relevant knowledge to provide a professional service to clients.

Learning can and does open the door to advancement and promotion. Recruitment is an expensive process. By and large employers prefer to recruit from within if possible. A well trained confident and knowledgeable employee will stand out head and shoulders above their peers easing the path to progression.

Job satisfaction and productivity increases when employees are confident that they have the necessary skills to do their job. Employees want to be challenged and excel in their roles. Happier employees are less likely to leave an organisation reducing the costs of hiring and on-boarding replacements. If you want to retain high performing employees, develop a transformative culture of learning and development.