In our current times of higher unemployment, we are faced to make decisions about the future. Almost five years ago, over 25% of adults participated in formal work-related courses*. This is the highest concentration as opposed to participating in personal interest or college courses. *National Center of Education Statistics 04-05 http://nces.ed.gov
What’s interesting about this now is would the current data reflect a decline in adults participating in work related courses? Or will there be an increase in college courses or personal interest, since those unemployed may have more time to pursue other needs.
Regardless of the statistics, there is a viable opportunity for corporations, and any other learning organizations or institutions. In my view, the adult may no longer have a choice between learning for work, school, or personal interest, but are forced to combine all three. Producers of courses may want to revise their curriculum that is more comprehensive to current employees or students that address the whole person.
This is also an opportunity for the learners themselves. Instead of learning for a job, which is insecure in our times, start learning how to create a vocation based on a sober assessment of skills, talents, and passion, instead of a list of competencies or even prior experience.
In our darkest cloud, there is still hope for sunshine; and even if it rains, it washes us for a clearer view ahead. Today, we will all be faced with making choices in learning, what will be yours?