'Learning agility': Why employees should keep learning in today's workplace


Posted at Apr 12 2018 11:59 AM | Updated as of Apr 12 2018 12:55 PM

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MANILA – Employees need continuous learning to stay relevant in today’s rapidly changing career and business landscapes, a former LinkedIn executive said on Thursday.

Learning agility is the “one crucial skill” people need in order to succeed, Kelly Palmer, Chief Learning Officer of Degreed, a learning platform, told ANC.

“People who have learning agility and who want to learn all the time and understand what the changes are in the workforce - those are the ones who will become most successful,” she said.

Palmer said skills learned from 10 to 15 years ago are no longer enough to compete in the workplace today. To avoid being obsolete, employees need to learn from 5 to 10 hours a week, she said.

Degreed discovered that 65 percent of children below 5 years old today will have jobs that are not invented yet.

“We’re trying to say it’s hard to predict exactly what skills people will need for the jobs and problems of the future and that’s why having people learning continuously throughout their careers are so critically important,” Palmer said.

Companies who invest in employees are likely to attract the best workers since jobseekers consider growth opportunities when deciding who to work for, she said.