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clrmoney
clrmoney
1/18/2018 10:40:16 AM
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Upskilling Challenge
I think that whatever works or what needs to be done to sharpen their skills so that they will be better off in the future so I'm all for it whether it will mean more revenue for yourself or the company or to learn something new for the company.

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afwriter
afwriter
1/18/2018 12:11:51 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
This is a brilliant, albeit not exactly new, idea. There are a ton of professions out there that need to complete a certain number of training/learning hours every year in order to keep licenses or certifications. I personally think that these "upskilling" sessions are enriching for both personal and professional lives. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
1/18/2018 2:58:14 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
afwriter,

The biggest problem is that recertification/continuing education etc. programs tend to spawn "training" operations that exist only to feed the requirements, often diluting the effect (anyone who teaches finds themselves in "nothingburger" training classes from time to time, in which some administrator, desperate to provide continuing ed for the requirements, hired The Guy In A Suit Who Explains the Obvious).  Sadly, I've already seen a couple of "data science" classes offered that contain almost no data science, just exhortations to appreciated how much data science is going to make everything else more data science-y.  

So the step beyond will be (as it is with education, law, accounting, and many kinds of engineering and medicine) to start certifying the courses with some system, which in turn will also have to be monitored and operated ...

The price of professionalism, and of a more sophisticated future, is always-increasing overhead.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/20/2018 9:15:21 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
The alternative is automation, isn't it?   We can do better right?

The question is how.

 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/20/2018 9:16:59 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
It is up to us.    There is plenty of opportunities to stay involved in a way to make a difference--it requires a life-long investment of time and engagement.    Employers, though, seem to at times pay lipservice to it.

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 4:05:11 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@mp:

I hear you. Times have changed now. Unlike past, there are many choices now. There is no need to just wait for these corporate training alone. It is up to an individual to take an initiative, options are endless. But having these corporate mandatory training help people that lack initiative or self motivation. Atleast they get upskilled by force and get benefitted.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/21/2018 5:21:56 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
You and I had a brief "virtual colloquoy" on Culture.   I would argue that the tone must be set though by the leadership--Telenor seems to be the exception, not the rule.   There continues to be an implicit disregard for the Human Element (something that all here in TT have had me underscore)....

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 9:20:22 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@mp:

You are right, we have been...

I believe it varies from company to company, but agree with you that tone must be set by the leadership. Then things can evolve and be planned down the lane.

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afwriter
afwriter
1/22/2018 12:09:12 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
If nothing else it is a great way to sell yourself to future employers.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/22/2018 12:12:11 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@afwriter:

Good point. Sometimes that would help to add additional credentials to sell yourself in the market.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 3:56:27 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
Absoluely, Upskilling isn't completely new. It always existed in entreprise. There are some companies that treaditionally are continuing that with a strong belief that these kind of trainings help for employees professional and personal well being. I have been part of many such corporate training / upskilling sessions and personaly feel that they are very helpful in multiple aspects - for learning, networking as wells gives a nice break to ones routene at work.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 4:07:34 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
In general the way it works is: Companies have training departments. They develop training programs every year which is focussed inline with company's new vision or initiatives. Besides they also consider any new products that company is getting, so employees could be up to speed.

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afwriter
afwriter
1/22/2018 12:12:22 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
I think companies should always be looking to outside sources for their upskilling. If you just have employees going to company-created seminars there is only a recycling of ideas instead of a generation of new ones. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/22/2018 12:04:09 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
As I read through this discourse, I think what we're saying is that we agree--the question is how to align it to the company's long-term strategy and not merely pay it lipservice.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/22/2018 2:00:23 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@mpouraryan Absolutely. I notice that about so many programs that are meant to make companies sound forward-thinking, like sustainability initiatives, as well as commitments to diversity. But when you see what's really going on, they are more about appearances than working things out to make a real long-term difference.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 9:08:33 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@Ariella - I've really noticed that too. Even in non-profit organizations, there is a lot more that seems to be for show than actual, legitimate substance. Of course the leaders and managers are good at talking big game, but to anyone who is paying attention, it generally isn't hard to see that it is mostly just talk. Perhaps with some good intent.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/23/2018 9:15:41 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@elizabethv Yes, it happens both in nonprofits and for-profit organizations.  Some of this was spoofed very well in a British show about getting ready for the 2012 olympics in which the person in charge of sustainability insisted on useless wind turbine on the site. They also faked planting trees and things of that sort.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/24/2018 8:02:01 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@Ariella - That sounds hilarious. And it would be great timing for a spinoff. Perhaps about a person in charge of team relations, with North Korea supposedly deciding to join in the fun at the end of the year.  

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 9:15:07 AM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
@afwriter - I think that idea holds not only real merit, but truth. And it should certainly be employed. Upskilling internally rings more along the lines of indoctrination than a genuine concern for continued knowledge to remain competetitive. That said, at University of Phoenix, all upskilling was done internally. And I was  happy to leave when I did.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
1/31/2018 2:08:19 PM
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Re: Upskilling Challenge
I completely agree. I think its important for fresh, new ideas. Instead of going off another company and just building on it.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/21/2018 4:01:33 PM
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Focus areas
the focus for all should be on five key competency areas: digital marketing, digital channels, applied analytics, design and product development.

Thereis absolutely no debate nevessary about  need for upskilling in corporate world. It has multiple benefits besides learning like help networking, good source of recharging outside of routine daily responsibilities etc.


What really graed my attention is the key areas mentioned for upskilling, majority of them are around digitalization. That really speaks a lot about company's vision.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/23/2018 8:58:44 AM
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Nothing New?
Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke this week issued a challenge to his employee base, including more than 30,000 employees across 12 countries: to complete 40 hours of learning during 2018. 

 

Is it just me, or does this challenge almost seem behind the times? Continuing Education has been a focus at every job I've held for over 10 years now. Sometimes it drives me up a wall, but in general I can see the benefit of it. Esepcially in the technology field, I would think everyone would have been requiring this, well, years ago.

 

 

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