No Skills, No Party

Albert Einstein said “once you stop learning, you start dying”. At professional and managerial level, we can affirm the same: once you stop learning, you start losing your employability.

It’s quite obvious that our own development is important and we need to take care about it. However, it is the first thing people often sacrifice for lack of time or, even worse, due to their self-conceit.

I would focus on the first category: those managers and professionals who have a stable job and are overwhelmed by their daily routine. They sometimes underestimate their continuous learning and they are used to focusing only on their working experience or some rare internal trainings organized by their employers.

This is their (aware) choice and it could work until they keep their current job. What would happen if, suddenly, something unexpected changed?

If they have been working for the same employer for years, it could be a serious issue not having attended at least some inter – company trainings for a long time. Yes, they still have their own experience and strengths. However, will it be enough to face a labor market asking for higher skills, innovation, flexibility and new approaches?

Outside and different perspectives are strategic to have a wider vision.

Attending an MBA, external trainings or advanced certifications enlarges your own competences and employability on the market, which could be even an internal promotion as well. It’s worth it even if it requires time and energy.

I’m wondering: if it is so obvious, why do people decide to ignore it so often?

Some people invest on their skill development only if they are “forced” by unemployment or unhappiness in the current job…. in other words: they start too late, giving other job seekers an advantage inside the competition.

It is very difficult to help the job seeker who has not invested in his skills proactively and constantly. He usually needs more time than others to find a new fulfilling job, despite he is doing the same number of interviews…

My piece of advice for those who would like to prepare themselves for “a sunny or a rainy day” is to evaluate carefully what really matters for them, strengthening skills and capabilities in order to be in step with the surrounding environment and the market.

As George Clooney would say: no skills, no party. You never know what will happen tomorrow, but my suggestion is to be always ready! Don’t be shortsighted, enhance yourself and get ready to have fun 🙂

Enza Artino,
International Service Manager c/o Wyser; Coaching Competence Center Manager c/o Gi Group