How do you learn best? If you don’t know, you should find out and perfect it. You may be hands-on, needing to perform a task with your own hands to understand how and why you’re doing it. You may be a diligent note-taker because writing it down helps it to stick into your brain so you can repeat it later. You may be visual and need to watch someone perform the task at which point you can likely repeat it down to every detail. So, which of these are you? Or in what combination? Scientists claim that on any given day, your brain has the capacity to store approximately 30 gigabytes (GB) of information which is equivalent to around 30 movies or 600 songs. Whether you’re learning a new tik tock dance or a new software system at your job, it’s important that you get out there a learn!
For our purposes, knowing how you learn best applies tremendously to your career. With remote work at an all-time high, and unemployment rates decreasing it is likely that you are (or will be) adapting to some changes in your workplace, if not a whole new role. If you are remote, most if not all of your training will be given remotely as well. It’s important that you understand how you best learn new information because it is entirely up to you to learn and apply it to your everyday responsibilities. You will not have someone right next to you holding your hand, feeding you the information. We recommend always having a notepad close to jot down any questions you may have as you will not have the liberty of walking into your coworker or manager’s office for a quick answer.
If you’re lucky enough to be training in an office side-by-side with your trainer, please remember that though you are privy to asking a question and receiving an immediate answer, it is still up to you to process and learn the information you are being given. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Your trainer can provide you with every piece of information possible but it’s up to you to learn it and be able to apply it to the job you are expected to perform on your own. Take pages full of notes, reiterate everything the trainer says or simply stare and absorb the information. Do whatever it is you have to do to learn and understand the information. Don’t get hung up on the “why.” Some information should be taken at face value. It’s important that you are diligent during your training process as your lack of understanding could lead your employer to believe you are not capable of performing the job at the level required.
Though knowing how you learn best is Step #1, the pace at which you learn information is Step #2. This applies to the role you may currently be in. Unfortunately, The Great Resignation has caused a domino effect, causing workers to absorb the workload that their coworker Susan left behind when she quit. Singapore-based HR Manager, Sara has seen team members quit and their replacements delayed – or not hired at all. If you’re not already experiencing an increased workload, you likely will in the near future. Workers are being forced to “wear many hats,” taking on new tasks to ensure the job is getting done. That being said, the pace at which you can absorb new information may come in handy when being tasked with more responsibility. As stressful as it can be, it is ultimately a great learning opportunity and if successful could be cause for promotion. This could be your opportunity to achieve the growth you’ve been looking for so run with it!
If you are someone who has been absorbing an extra workload with no end in sight and you need a change, give us a call at (518) 275-4816. We are happy to help in your job search. If you’re a company looking to alleviate the workload of an open position give us a call where we are happy to assist in finding a qualified candidate to fill it!
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