There is a major disconnect between the expectations of those who are new to the work force and today’s employers. Add to that the challenge of companies to transform their business models and strategies to take advantage of new opportunities, and you have a lot of unhappy workers.
Unhappy workers either stay and don’t live up to their capabilities or they leave—frequently job hopping to what they perceive to be greener pastures. This creates a massive dilemma for everyone involved in business!
JobOutlook2018 pointed out a key element of this dilemma as the difference in the perception of proficiency in career readiness competencies. Students who have invested four (or more) years of their lives and many thousands of dollars in higher education perceive that education as having prepared them for the real world of business. Employers know otherwise.
How do competitive employers attract top talent, help them build the skills necessary to close the proficiency gap, and engage them sufficiently to prevent job hopping? The answer is what is called “Edge Learning.” Edge Learning involves both internal and external skills that prepare newcomers to the world of business for long-term, success in their careers.
Edge learning is that continuous process of developing the peripheral skills that have the most impact on a person’s ability to obtain a successful and fulfilled life. Edge Learning is not about memorizing facts. Instead it seeks to develop a person’s soft skills through real-world experiences and mentoring from leading experts and entrepreneurs.
The two primary Edge Learning skill types are:
- Cultural Etiquette
- Relationship Building
- Time Creation
- Validation (Certification)
For today’s graduates, Edge Learning is one of the most desired employee benefits. Young workers who feel disengaged from their jobs seek employment elsewhere. Employers that can provide both personal and career development training will increase morale and retention of top talent.
Some of the soft skills involved in Edge Learning can come from older workers. Their experience has created a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and insight. While those three words may appear synonymous, they are not. While they all refer to the mind and an accumulation of thoughts and experiences, they are very different in the essence of their meanings and applications.
Older workers, especially those who have been with their companies a long time, can provide excellent mentorship to the young. Gaining an understanding of the trials, tribulations and successes a company or industry has already gone through can help to prevent the repeat of negative history and the continuation of success.
Today’s most successful tech titans have founders who had mentors. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Apple’s Steve Jobs. Jobs was mentored by Mike Markkula, an early investor and executive at Apple. Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google were mentored by Eric Schmidt. Mentorship by experts is a process that industry titans have tapped for generations.
The intelligence, curiosity of exuberance of youth, combined with the wisdom and experience of mature workers is proving to be a winning combination for the leading businesses in today’s marketplace. This combination was demonstrated in the 2015 movie, The Intern, with Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. More mature workers who still have the drive and curiosity to develop their own Edge Learning skills while mentoring others create a win-win-win situation for employers.
The success of employees depends on the subtle Edge Learning skills individuals need to develop outside of their formal education. Future-minded businesses understand that providing Edge Learning through both skill training and mentorship will make the biggest impact on their future success.
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XTRAcredits is on a Mission. Patrick’s deep-rooted passion for learning, and her mission; ‘to bring World Class Expertise to the world’s first digital platform Edge Learning so anyone can receive affordable education at the highest level.’
XTRAcredits is the marketplace where those professionals seeking Edge
Learning come to learn from the best and learn how to reach the next level of success in their career and in business.
More about Lisa Patrick
Working with some of the most recognized thought-leaders in the world has given Lisa the opportunity to learn and develop her unique skill to ‘see through things’ and opportunities that others miss! These relationships have also provided her insights into the distinctive points of view of risk and opportunities facing the education marketplace, experts and their businesses. These learning experiences have contributed to her success!
Lisa is a highly successful entrepreneur, podcast host of Coffee With Lisa, and a professional speaker. She is relentlessly optimistic, entrepreneurial, and future-focused. She encourages contrarian thinking and rapid experimentation.