Invest in learning and build agile skills to grow in the AI age

To overcome barriers to upskilling, professionals are resorting to ‘Loud Learning’, or the act that allows them to be vocal and intentional about their learning ambitions in the workplace. This proactive approach fosters a sense of empowerment and significantly supports career growth. The research shows that 79% of professionals in India believe engaging in ‘Loud Learning’ can boost their career growth. This includes sharing their learnings with teammates (40%), sharing their learning journey or accomplishments on LinkedIn (40%), and informing their team members of their learning time blocks (35%). Surprisingly, 64% of professionals in India are already engaging in Loud Learning, demonstrating their commitment to personal and professional development.

According to LinkedIn data, skills needed for a job in India are expected to change by 64% by 2030, so professionals must be highly focused on learning.

While leaders struggle with learning and skilling their employees, cultivating a purposeful vision with agile skills is essential. Here is how organisations can do that and make learning more impactful.

The power of Analytics

Aligning learning programs to business strategies is not just a priority; it’s a strategic move that empowers companies to make informed decisions and drive growth. By leveraging data analytics, companies data track the effectiveness of their learning initiatives, ensuring that every investment in learning is a step toward achieving business objectives. It’s no surprise that more and more professionals are cultivating their data literacy.

Build the right metrics

Aligning learning to business objectives is still a new exercise for many companies. Many are still preoccupied with “vanity metrics,” such as employee satisfaction or the number of training sessions delivered, regardless of efficacy. Success starts with small experiments to gauge progress on critical priorities. Productivity, performance, and employee retention are the most common objectives for those tracking business outcomes.

Polish your soft skills

Taking a deeper dive into skill trends, professionals globally continue to hone their human or soft skills to meet the demands and opportunities of the AI era. These include interpersonal skills, such as communication and collaboration, problem-solving, analytical, and presentation skills.

Embrace the power of continuous growth

Learning and growth will be central to jobs as skills evolve to meet AI opportunities. This is not a daunting prospect but an exciting one. Daily work will increasingly include microlearning (or even “nano learning”) — short bursts of instruction to help people progress in small bites. This engaging, personalised, and flexible learning in the work flow will allow people to solve specific problems and invest in their futures without missing an opportunity.