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Lifelong learning as a must-have for employees
Personnel managers, departmental managers and business owners have long since recognised the need for continuous further training in the company and initiated appropriate measures. However, this trend towards establishing a professional employee base has not yet arrived everywhere. It is often left to the employees to inform themselves about their own further training in the company via appropriate sources. So some deficit in MBO discussions is uncovered and fixed into the new calendar year. The personal development in enterprises plays thereby likewise an important role like the current procurement of information, in order to secure the entrepreneurial success. What use are “old” ways of thinking when we have to go different ways in the digital age than we did twenty years ago?

Further training does not necessarily have to be associated with costs. There are hundreds, even thousands of free online courses available on the internet that can close gaps in education. The so-called “MOOC” courses are here a first touchpoint for imparting new practical knowledge in short form. These courses are made publicly available via e-learning platforms and are often tutorials for beginners but also videos for professionals at academic level who want to refresh or intensify their knowledge. Renowned universities, colleges and educational institutions such as MIT, Harvard or TUM publish their courses free of charge and make extracts of their knowledge available to the public. MOOC courses appeal to the masses, i.e. the courses can be completed at any time and at any place via the company PC or mobile devices, even without a high school diploma or corresponding previous training. In a few cases, alumni receive a certificate of attendance after completion of the course, and it may even be possible to earn credit points (often for a fee).

In the technical environment, online courses are very trendy. Portals such as edx, Hpi, Udacity or Coursera are dedicated to courses for engineers, technicians and computer scientists in their own categories, which continue to cluster in their respective occupational fields. Particularly strongly in demand online courses are for example Robotics: artificial intelligence, 3D pressure revolution, project management for engineers, embedded systems, augmented reality, big data, IoT and english for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There are also a number of computer science courses, ranging from the basic elements of programming to robotic engineering.

Blended learning is a promising alternative to costly seminars and on-site training, but it cannot completely replace them and an intended or completed course of study. Especially online courses lack the mutual exchange and direct contact to the tutors, which is important for open questions, group work or examinations. They are only intended to support the further training phase in the company and provide an initial insight into new topics and problems. Alternatively, classic courses such as foreign languages, office tools or computer courses can be completely mapped using MOOC courses.
The procurement of information only becomes more difficult as soon as niche technologies are occupied for which only a few MOOCs have been published. It is worth subscribing to corresponding newsletters and print magazines in order to consider innovations from competitors and technology drivers as training by the job.

Continuous further training primarily serves to maintain and promote the success of the company. Trained employees represent the most important resource in the company and must adapt to the fast-moving times, especially in the age of digital change, which generates new innovations and changes month after month. Of course, personnel development also includes a corresponding appreciation of the employee, which results in motivated and efficient working methods.

Medium-sized companies, large enterprises and corporate groups provide in-house training for their employees. Internal training officers or external moderators replace learning via the Internet and at the same time serve as lecturers for any questions and group discussions. Classical in-house courses and trainings are IT application programs, e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as self and time management.
In-house courses are in contrast associated with high costs. If one considers the long-term success that accompanies the training measures for the staff, these represent a strategic necessity whose benefits pay off in a short period of time.
Logically, those who continue to improve their skills can make a much greater contribution to the company. This commitment promotes the standing in the company and possibly salary negotiations, which in most cases, however, can only be accomplished with appropriate evidence (certificates). Nevertheless, thanks to the Internet, free online courses can be found on any topic and in any industry, so that personal and professional development can be achieved from any location and with any devices.


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