I am very excited about the dialog that Pearson English Business Solutions is creating around the future of jobs, and the need for continuous learning. Anyone who has been reading my personal blog knows that continuous learning is very important to me. I think continuous learning is critical to people staying relevant in the 21st Century job market.
New technologies launch every day. Sometimes they are just down the street from me in Silicon Valley, sometimes they are far away, (from me at least), in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Egypt, Morocco, Chile or Columbia. And we never know what these start-ups will force us to reconsider. Uber, Lyft, AirBNB and many others have spread far from their ori-gins to challenge long established business models like London Taxis. Not only are the disrup-tive technologies likely to come from anywhere, but because they can disrupt our business as-sumptions, we need to be much more aware of what is going on in the world, which means learning about cultures and economies outside of our personal experience.
From teams conducting market and technical research, to start-ups seeking funding and the people being hired to deliver services or sell products, many of the opportunities require a mastery of English to participate in collaborative work, to communicate with managers and customers — and while people willing to work are available, they may not have the English skills necessary to perform at the required level. And that is where businesses can help connect their local talent to continuous learning programs that help them bring English to their skill portfolio.
Mastery of English, like any other subject, requires discipline and dedication — and because the world is constantly changing, it requires learning how to learn continuously. To help with that, here are some of the key takeaways from my blog series on continuous learning:
The world of work is exciting and uncertain. The best insurance you can put into place against change is teaching yourself how to be agile and adaptive, and the best way I know to do that is to just keep learning.
Karine Allouche Salanon
Senior Vice President, General Manager
Pearson English Business Solutions