What does it take to learn? Interested in learning but are you teachable? At Jidaw we let our students know that they must be teachable to survive and thrive in the IT industry and profession.
In the world of software, wireless, databases and broadband, there is no escape. The rich self development experience combines learning what to learn and how to learn. Our focus is usually on the “what” not the “how”. But knowing what to learn is one thing, how to learn is a different animal entirely. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is the “what”, but without practice, where do you think you are going? If your “how” lacks substance, the train is not leaving the station. What to learn is not enough. You must be teachable.
To be teachable is to realize that we live in an environment where your ability to learn is fundamental to success. To be teachable is to acknowledge that we all have more than one teacher. The constant learning environment is one of many teachers. Get your mind out of straight jacket thinking. Learning may be full time or part time, formal or informal, paid or unpaid, in the physical classroom, during work experience or online.
Jidaw is of the opinion that you have all sorts of teachers – work experience, professional trainers, client engagements, employers, employees, managers, colleagues, clients, etc. There will be formal lessons, informal lessons, or even indirect learning. Everyone and everything around you is your teacher. Indeed life itself is a great teacher. Some teachers will be kind, others will be brutal. But what is most important is that they teach and you learn. Period! Jidaw recommends that you use these teachers not for robotic copycatting but for your own self discovery – waking yourself up to the potentials within you. New or old experience, learning is a two way street.
Jidaw asks: Did you pay attention to the customer’s complaint? How seriously do you take after class assignments? Are you sure you understand how your colleague solved that network problem? Every day, inside and outside the classroom, teachers will teach but are you teachable?
Enthusiasm is at the heart of teachability. How strong is your desire to learn? Or is your focus simply the certificate? At Jidaw we caution that learning isn’t stuffing your head with information and cramming stuff. You cram today, but can see how learning adds value in the workplace? You cram today, but can you apply it in a practical sense? You can pass the Network configuration exam in your sleep but in real life you can’t network yourself out of a paper bag.
I come in peace, buy really why should you think you are growing if you don’t understand what you are doing? Just asking. I find it strange when people equate cramming to pass an exam with progress in career development. Don’t you? “As long as you pass the exam you are moving forward.” Give me a break! Forget cramming to pass exams. In the IT field, Jidaw advises that you never confuse repetition with practice or learning. Be Wise. Mindless repetition on its own is cramming. Crammers are not teachable. Repetition must be combined with analysis and understanding to be of benefit to you.
Jidaw warns that your mind should be in the right place. If your mind and interests are not engaged, learning will be difficult. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but without a genuine desire to learn, whatever we are doing could end up being a waste of time. Why should a whole human being just sit down marking time? Jidaw recommends that teachability should be inbuilt into whatever we do, wherever we find ourselves.
We have many teachers – our manager, the tech support guy fixing your laptop, the student developing websites in the cybercafé, the organized and persuasive client, the marketers selling tablets, etc. How eager are we to learn from them? Learning works best when you are enthusiastic, when you are diligent and committed in seeking knowledge. In concluding Jidaw urges that you should constantly want to learn and go beyond your present capabilities and skills (tech or non-tech). There are no fullstops.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you Teachable? How have you have strengthened your teachability? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting