19 Mar Adaptability: Skills for the future
- Interdisciplinary Learning
- Jobs are transforming according to technological advancements into cross-functional roles.
- Traditional approach in learning only one area of specialty is not anymore, the way forward.
- Employees at present and in the future will be expected to have technical, social and analytical skills.
- To prepare to “live at intersections,” integrating subject areas to promote cross-disciplinary learning helps sharpen interdisciplinary adaptability as well as learning new areas and knowing how to adapt in the concepts of the different areas.
- Resilience as key
- Encouraging resilience is one of the keys to promoting adaptability.
- Resilience refers to one’s ability to handle adversity, allowing them to deal with change in positive ways.
- A simple way to harness resilience is through engaging with others, build trusting relationships with caring adults (feel safe to explore and learn new experiences), sticking to a program (during a time of major stress, map out a routine and stick to it), taking care of self, give self a break and put things in perspective (reflection).
- Promote Self-regulation
- Self-regulation is a process on how to manage emotions, thoughts and behaviour when faced with challenging situations.
- In a rapidly changing society, we must be able to adapt to new and unexpected changes without exhibiting negative damaging behaviours.
- Overcoming frustration to solve a difficult math problem or to remain calm when a peer is acting unfriendly, through understanding their emotions and being able to manage their thought processes, help to promote self-regulation.
- Eliminate the Fear of Failure
- With change comes risk, and success comes from the ability to embrace failure.
- Eliminating fear of failure can start by recognizing effort, establishing a judgment-free zone and building community among peers.
- Being afraid to fail hinders motivation to learn, which can negatively impact the ability to adapt to changes in their future roles.
- Encourage Continuous Learning
- Learning becomes boring and mundane when the meaning behind the process is not clearly understood.
- Having to understand the meaning and curiosity behind learning helps promote better learning.
- Example, If I am unable to understand the reason behind learning math, I will simply hate math. But If I understand the reason behind doing math and curious to find the solutions in math, I will learn to love math.
- The key is to look beyond extrinsic motivations, like grades and recognition, and tap into the intrinsic rewards of learning.
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