Why You Should Cultivate Learning Agility

Oftentimes taking courses to take an exam and graduating school is very different from what you need to do in real life. I remember the shock I felt after graduating from my dental assisting program at a community college and working in a dental office. I thought all the materials I learned in class including laboratory would be enough for me to be proficient at my job. I recognized early on I needed to ask the right questions, take lots of notes, observe the people around me, recognize patterns, and take time outside of work to go through my notes and company information, procedures, etc. It was the same when I got into oral surgery, public relations, and when I was in the Bachelor's of Nursing program. Reading and learning about giving injections in class vs actually giving injections to a real patient at the hospital was like night and day.

It didn't matter where I worked I was always eager to learn, spending time outside of work studying materials that would directly impact my job performance, eventually cultivating learning agility. You can become a more agile learner to get ahead at a new job, new career, or to help you advance within your company. Learning new skills quickly can alleviate a lot of stress and show your boss you are equipped to handle your roles and responsibilities competently.

The three important components to learning agility are

  1. Motivation to learn

  2. Potential to learn

  3. Adaptability to learn.

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