Keeping skills fresh, relevant and in demand is the recipe for surviving in the new normal – and learning as a service (LaaS) is a great way to do it. Now you can get a free 7-day trial subscription to HPE Digital Learner.

In difficult times, we have all experienced the strain of life disruptions and felt emptied of our efforts to act in a chaotic situation. Whether you’re looking for a new role or adapting to the changes in your current job, we all want to feel safer in our careers.

We can learn adaptability from mountaineers and preschool teachers. To succeed, we must remain calm and adapt quickly to our new circumstances. In many cases, when we are presented with a new normal, we do the opposite. Fear, uncertainty and doubt dominate our minds and we freeze – it’s just human nature. The key is to deliberately choose the way we adapt and come to the other side better than we used to. I invite you to acknowledge your unintentional biological reactions – you are just human – and then direct yourself to a more precise state of mind.

In difficult times when so many things are beyond your control, choosing to grow is vital to self-empowerment. Here are some strategies to serve you:

Remember that knowledge is power

Grow your intellectual capital. You have the power to add the skills you bring to the table – even if the table happens to be in your living room.

Identify gaps in your skills

Consider your technical skills that you have right now and whether they are relevant in the new normal situation. If so, look for ways to strengthen them. For example, ask yourself if you take advantage of all the features of the technology tools you already use. When you first started using this technique, you might hit the ground and not spend time on a complete ramp practice. If you were asked to run all the features of existing technical tools, would you be ready? If not, then choose your expertise and confirm the importance of your career.

Notice the people who are thriving in your industry and pay attention to their skill set. Also be aware of the people who will succeed in your next level of role and the skills they will use. These are skills that you can choose to learn. You may already have some new skills in mind that you want to learn.

Choose self-paced learning

By choosing self-paced learning, you ensure that time is your own. You can structure your learning time in the way that works best for you.

Learn in the community

Choose e-learning that gives you a way to learn in the community. According to social psychologist and neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman, our brains are connected to connect, and we feel happiest when we are connected to a tribe. Give yourself the brain power of online learning in the community. Your classmates can learn as you share your questions or views, and benefit from questions and answers from your online learning community.

Showcase your new skills with a digital sign

Look for courses that give you visible recognition (e.g., a Badge of Honor) so you can show off your new skills. Digital marks are usually earned as part of completing a course and passing an assessment or exam. In many cases, digital signs can easily be posted to sites – such as LinkedIn – so colleagues, peers, and other employers can see your unique qualifications. This can add value to your business and increase your willingness to potential employers.

Consider, as a learning service, leveraging the online learning model in the new normal

Learning as a Service (LaaS) takes the best technology, future-oriented trends and personal development training and divides everything into bite-sized modules for effective consumption. Because LaaS is a subscription and includes e-learning – which means you can do it on your personal computer at home – you can learn any module at your own pace, when, where and how you want, access to updated content for a year. You can even participate in a live virtual instructor-led class for real-time community collaboration and direct interaction with instructor subject matter experts. LaaS also offers alternatives to personal training events and hands-on experiences in virtual laboratories.

LaaS is a continuous learning channel that closes the skills gap in real time by providing the latest training when needed and in a way that keeps you connected to others – with a simple and economical order-based approach.

Focus on a positive outcome

Nothing drives you forward like practicing for a good outcome. Instead of imagining everything that might go wrong, Imagine how great it feels to achieve your goals. Imagine how confident and powerful you will feel as you put your new skills into practice and look well-equipped to serve.

Remember: action is the antidote to anxiety

Action is an antidote to stress. You can channel the same amount of energy that you could have spent by worrying, turning that energy into positive action, and working toward a meaningful goal to strengthen your skills.

HPE is here to help

To honor your commitment to growing your skills and choosing personal growth in challenging times, HPE offers 7-day free trial subscription HPE digital learner, our e-learning program anytime, anywhere. In minutes, you can access exclusive HPE technology training; some of the hottest topics in IT (like Blockchain, Security, and DevOps); and an extensive library of more than 4,500 personal development courses on project management, finance, management, and many other topics.

You have this! Click the link below for more information and to start your journey today.

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Drew Westra
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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