Monday, April 27, 2015

Do Education and Learning Ever End?

I was talking with a senior nursing manager recently who made the comment that when she moved from clinical practice to management, all of a sudden she was expected to know about budgeting, performance management and leadership.

Although exceptionally well qualified in several areas of nursing and midwifery, she has no business or management training and limited skills in those areas.

This is a common challenge for professionals who are expert and hopefully exemplars in their fields who are promoted to management positions.

More organised and better funded organisations have a management develop program or at least provide ad hoc training in a variety of topics to help new managers perform better.

Others simply hope that new managers will learn through some kind of osmosis ... or perhaps through trial and error.

What this means for all of us is that we have to take charge of our own learning and development. Be proactive. Learning these days is a womb to tomb activity. You don't finish university with a nice shiny degree parchment and that's the end of it.

I have always taken charge of my own learning and enrolled in courses I felt would help me do a better job.

If you are fortunate enough to know what new skills you will need in future, you can train before you need it - just in time training. If not and you are in a job where you find your skills are lacking, don't sit around waiting for someone to help you, get off your chair and go do something for yourself.

Australia is a land of opportunity when it comes to training and development. There are thousands of Registered Training Organisations, universities and Vocational, Educational and Training colleges to choose from.

If you can't afford to enrol, there are also dozens of "how to" books and computer aided instructional programs that will help.

Find either a course, a book or a program of instruction and commit to learning what you need. Everyone will benefit from it.


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