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by Gavin Heaton
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Learning and career deveiopment is tne responsi|iiitv o| eacn individuai. in todav’s com-
petitive |usiness environment. tnose wno pro-activeiv manage tneir on-going iearning and
skiiis deveiopment are at a signi|cant advantage wnen it comes to career opportunities.
compared to tnose wno sit |ack and wait |or training to |e o||ered to tnem!
Crasp everv opportunitv vou can to ennance vour skiiis and knowiedge and em|race tne
pniiosopnv o| “ii|e iong iearning”. :ot oniv wiii it keep vou motivated and cnaiienged. |ut
it wiii ensure career success too!
At ·Ai we are nere to support vou in vour quest to |e tne verv |est vou can |e! Cur iearn-
ing options are |road and varied and i| vou need additionai support. piease don’t nesitate to
reacn out to us!
Aii tne verv |est in vour career.
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“The best way to predict the future is to build it.”
— Douglas Adams
i |ound tnis quote in a |ascinating paper. 2020 and Beyond. |v lans iaanen and Keri iacer
|rom tne lK’s iuture La|. and wniie tne |ocus o| tne paper is on tne lducation sector. tnere
are manv iessons tnat we can appiv to our personai iearning and tne management o| our
career now. and weii into tne |uture.
1ne paper iooks at |ve areas o| tecnnicai innovation and tnen imagines scenarios in wnicn
tnese innovations |ecome part o| evervdav ii|e. lased on tnese scenarios. tne autnors pose
questions |or educators – wnat is important. wnat snouid |e considered. and wnat snouid
we |e doing in tne immediate and near term. lv using scenario modeiiing and |ocusing on
our careers we can |egin to imagine tne patns o| education and iearning tnat we need to
|egin :C\ in order to reacn our desired end goai.
1ne areas o| innovation identi|ed in tne paper are.
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1nis is aiso a great wav to tnink a|out tne creation o| our own “iersonai Learning lnviron-
ments”. \nen we create a personai iearning environment ´iLl. we are |ocusing on our
own skiiiing needs and creating a space wnicn aiiows us to.
Catner in|ormation and knowiedge
iiiter and process tnis data
Act on tne knowiedge tnat we nave acquired
in tnis cnapter i wiii provide vou witn some tnings vou need to consider in creating a iLl.
in tne |oiiowing. |rie| cnapters i discuss tne practicaiities o| iLls – inciuding toois and
tecnnoiogies. now vou can use “sociai iearning” in vour iLl and piaces to source |ree. and
|or |ee. iearning content.
lut |e|ore tnat. iet’s take a iook at now tnese |ve areas o| innovation appiv to iLls. \nat
can we iearn. now can we iearn and wnat is tne |est approacn to using a iLl as |rom a per-
sonai career point o| view:
\nen it comes to iLls. we want to empiov tecnnoiogv to streamiine and ennance our ex-
perience – not make it worse. 1nis means adequateiv understanding our own personai use
o| tecnnoiogv. 1nink a|out tne devices vou nave convenient access to.
iesktop computers ´work
iesktop computers ´nome
·mart pnones ´liacklerrv. iinone. Android
iiodporta|ie music and data devices
PLE Aim: \nerever possi|ie. vou want to remove anv |arrier to vour iearning. i| vou are
iacking time. consider a porta|ie device wnicn wiii aiiow vou to consume “iearning snacks”
´smaii pieces o| iearning.
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it is essentiai tnat vou esta|iisn a personai space wnicn is conducive to vour own iearning.
1nis can |e a pnvsicai space. |ut it can just as easiiv |e a virtuai space. :o matter wnetner
vour space is pnvsicai or virtuai. it’s important |or vou to tnink o| it as “vour own”. You
need to |eei com|orta|ie inusing it. so do wnat vou can to personaiize it.
i| vou nappen to use a personai device. sucn as a smartpnone or a computer. tnis wiii nave a
nuge impact on vour iLl – and its e||ectiveness. ior exampie. i| vou spend an nour or more
eacn dav commuting to work. a mo|iie device can prove to |e a nigniv e||ective and conve-
nient metnod |or acceierating vour personai iearning.
1nink a|out it – even i| vou were to devote an nour per dav on vour wav to or |rom
work. tnis gives vou |ve nours o| iearning per week. 1nat is aimost tne equivaient o| a |uii
ciassroom dav eacn week. in a vear. vou wiii nave devoted approximateiv z¯o nours to vour
personai iearning – or a wnopping six working weeks. io vou tnink tnis sort o| e||ort wiii
give vou an advantage in tne jo| market: io vou tnink it wiii acceierate vour career: C|
course it wiii.
PLE Aim: Keeping in mind tnat ever-increasing quantities o| iearning content are avaiia|ie
oniine. tnink a|out now |otn vour pnvsicai and virtuai spaces can neip save vou time in tne
sourcing o| vour iearning content.
“1ne network” is now making tne consumption o| iearning-reiated content avaiia|ie at
times and in piaces wnicn are convenient to vou. ·o no matter wnetner vou are at work.
nome or traveiiing |etween tne two. computing in|rastructure is going to neip vou acceier-
ate vour skiiiing process. introduce vou to tne rignt in|ormation at tne rignt time and even
connect vou witn peopie wno wiii neip vou grow vour career.
1urn tnis äexi|iiitv to vour advantage |v using sociai and pro|essionai networking sites.
gatnering content and connecting to smart pro|essionais working in vour industrv.
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PLE Aim: ·etup I·· |eeds. downioads etc and store tnem on vour mo|iie device readv |or
vour commute to work.
\no do we trust wnen it comes to iearning: \nicn we|sites provide us witn vaiue and
wnicn |orums deiiver quaiitv discussion: it is a question o| |otn securitv and trust. increas-
ingiv. our internet identitv reäects not just our “sociai” persona. |ut aiso our pro|essionai
pro|ie and reputation. 1nis means tnat our iLl must aiso consider tne impact o| our per-
sonai |rand – and now tnis can |e |est ieveraged tnrougnout our careers.
PLE Aim: ·tart tracking tne opinion o| tnose wno vou respect and wno provide insignt and
vaiue in vour |eid o| expertise. Iead tneir |ooks. su|scri|e to tneir |iogs – and i| vou |eei
com|orta|ie. comment on tneir discussion.
\e are |ecoming increasingiv com|orta|ie witn di||erent tvpes o| inter|aces – |rom com-
puter screens to 1\s and across to our porta|ie devices – wnerever digitai content can |e
deiivered. we can |e iearning or interacting witn our iLl.
PLE Aim: legin to tnink di||erentiv a|out “iearning” – make it part o| eacn and everv dav.
lse tne äexi|iiitv o| avaiia|ie inter|aces to |ring iearning into vour ii|e at a time and piace
tnat is convenient to vou.
Cne o| tne most important aspects o| iLls. in mv opinion. is tne wav in wnicn tnev can |e
structured to |ring a sociai aspect to our iearning experiences. 1nis is particuiariv impor-
tant wnen it comes to iCi:C sometning witn vour iearning – tnis can mean downioading
some triai so|tware or writing a |iog post a|out vour experiments witn processes or tne
tecnnoiogies tnat vou are using. 1rv to make vour iearning as A(1i\l as possi|ie.
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Cne o| mv |rst jo|s out o| universitv was witn a pu|iisner. As part o| mv introduction to tne
|usiness. i spent tne |rst week visiting eacn o| tne di||erent divisions iearning a iittie a|out
now eacn contri|uted to tne overaii |usiness. it was a great opportunitv to not just meet
manv o| tne peopie tnat i wouid |e working witn. it gave me an opportunitv to near tnem
taik a|out tneir jo|s in tneir own words. You couid reaiiv near and |eei tne passion.
lut one o| tne tnings tnat amazed me was tnat some o| tne senior peopie nad worked in
tne same jo| |or tneir entire working ii|e. 1nere was a reai sense o| a “jo| |or ii|e”. A tidai
wave o| cnange swept tnrougn pu|iisning a coupie o| vears iater and manv o| tnese peopie
reskiiied. retired or moved to new empiovers – it was tne end o| an era. lut one o| tnese
men. an eariv mentor o| mine. expiained tnat no one wiii ever care a|out mv career as
mucn as me. le suggested tnat i snouid activeiv |uiid mv skiiis and manage mv own career.
and not wait |or tne |usiness. tne lI department or mv manager to map out mv |uture.
·ince tnis time. tne concept o| “personai iearning” nas deveioped. \e nave aiso |ecome
mucn more aware o| tne di||erent wavs in wnicn iearning takes piace – and witn tne rise o|
\e| z.o toois. it nas never |een easier to take controi o| vour own iearning – and one o| tne
|est wavs is to create a “iersonai Learning lnvironment” ´iLl.
As expiained eariier. tnere are tnree aspects to a iLl tnat can neip us to.
Catner in|ormation and knowiedge
iiiter and process tnis data
Act on tne knowiedge tnat we nave acquired.
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in tnis cnapter i wiii iook at tne |rst step – gatnering in|ormation and knowiedge and sug-
gest wavs to streamiine tnis process.
Before you get started
\anv |reeiv avaiia|ie \e| z.o toois can |e used to neip vou construct vour iLl. 1o start witn
vou wiii need to esta|iisn some accounts on a num|er o| \e| z.o piat|orms ´i| vou naven’t
aireadv – aiternativeiv vou can manuaiiv coiiate notes. iinks and ideas in a moieskin note-
|ook or simiiar. lse|ui sites inciude.
ieiicious |or |ookmarking and categorizing use|ui in|ormation. \ake sure tnat
vou setup tne ieiicious |ookmarkiet in vour we| |rowser so tnat vou can add
new |ookmarks wniie vou are sur|ng tne we|.
Coogie Ieader |or gatnering and categorizing |iog |eeds. Again. use tne |ookmar-
kiet to |e a|ie to quickiv and easiiv su|scri|e to I·· |eeds as and wnen vou |nd
1um|ir to write notes and organize in|ormation
i1unes or simiiar to manage vour podcast su|scriptions
:etvi|es. iageäakes or iosterous to create vour own portai.
i| vou are taking tne anaiog approacn. tnen i recommend using ta|s in vour notepad to
divide up vour notes in a use|ui wav. 1nink a|out tne categories o| in|ormation sources tnat
vou wiii use and tne wavs tnat vou can re|erence more detaiied in|ormation eisewnere.
Cnce vou nave esta|iisned accounts on various we|sites. vou wiii want to start gatner-
ing content. iinks and materiais to |egin popuiating vour iLl. 1o do tnis most e||cientiv.
vou wiii nave instaiied |otn tne Coogie Ieader and ieiicious |ookmarkiets into vour we|
|rowser. \nen vou su|scri|e to an I·· |eed or add a site or post to vour ieiicious |ook-
marks. take care to categorise and tag tne in|ormation so tnat it is easier to |nd iater.
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\nen it comes to gatnering in|ormation. one o| tne |est sources o| new knowiedge are
|iogs. You can certainiv start |v taking a iook tnrougn tne |iogs tnat are pu|iisned across
tne ·Ai (ommunitv :etwork. Let vour interests and passions iead vou in tne rignt direc-
tion and vou wiii soon |nd writers wno “ciick” |or vou. You can start witn.
lusiness C|jects |iogs
·(: iodcasts iirectorv.
le sure to tnen extend tnis iist o| readings. Look to tecnnicai and |usiness pu|iisners as weii
as to otner |ioggers wno write on ·Ai and reiated enterprise topics.
\nen vou |nd a |iog or a |iog post ´or articie tnat vou |nd use|ui. vou wiii want to mark
it in some wav.
i| tne wnoie |iog or we|site iooks iike it wiii nave a |roader use |or vou. i recom-
mend su|scri|ing to tne site’s I·· |eed
i| a particuiar articie or |iog post is aii vou are interested in. i recommend |ook-
marking it using ieiicious.
·u|scri|ing to good ongoing news and knowiedge sources is a reiativeiv simpiv wav |or vou
to stav up-to-date. ·u|scri|ing aiiows vou to “puii” tne iatest news. ratner tnan naving to
seek it out |or voursei| on tne we| or via |ookmarks. i use Coogie Ieader to |otn su|scri|e
to |iogs and to categorize tnem. 1nere are pientv o| simiiar toois. lut Coogie Ieader aiso
provides otner |ene|ts wnicn i wiii cover wnen it comes to iiitering and Acting on tne
in|ormation tnat vou nave gatnered. \nicnever |eed reader vou cnoose. trv to |nd one tnat
nas o|äine capa|iiitv so tnat vou can use it wnen vou are on-tne-go ´or o|äine.
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(onsider aiso |uiiding a soiid reading iist. You can use Amazon and |egin |uiiding a wisn
iist oniine i| tnat is easv |or vou ´remem|er tne aim o| tnis is to make it lA·Y |or vou to
iearn sometning eacn and everv dav. (neck out tne tities avaiia|ie tnrougn ·Ai iress. And
|or tnose liXers. don’t |orget to deive into irocess iirst ´tne coiia|orative |ook created |v
\arco ten \aannoit and tne liX (ommunitv. 1nere are a coupie o| oniine |ook tagging
toois tnat can aiso neip vou manage vour reading iist – inciuding ·nei|ari and look1agger
or vou can add tne |ook product pages to vour ieiicious |ookmarks.
1ne good tning a|out tnese “sociai” toois is tnat tnev use recommendation engines to sug-
gest otner |ooks tnat mav |e o| interest to vou. ·nei|ari. look1agger and Amazon aii use
recommendatoin engines and tnev reaiiv can |e use|ui – provided vou put some e||ort in
to |uiid vour own oniine coiiection. \ake sure vou take a |ew moments to cneck out tne
suggestions and. importantiv. to rate and review tne |ooks tnat vou nave aireadv read. 1nis
is a simpie wav to |egin contri|uting to tne communitv o| iikeminds tnat vou wiii |nd via
tnese sociai sites.
in anv personai iearning environment. it is aiso important to |uiid |ormaiiv recognized
skiiis. 1nis can mean attending a course. taking a virtuai iive ciass or doing some eLearn-
ing. (on|erences sucn as ·Ai 1ecnld are great skiii acceierators ´and aiso provide a great
wav to network witn vour iike minded ·Ai lcosvstem coiieagues. (onsider aiso tne wider
skiii set tnat wiii |e required to make vou success|ui – tnink project management. so|t skiiis
´sucn as negotiation and communication and o||ce so|tware skiiis. 1nese aii add deptn to
vour skiii |ase and aiiow vou to take on |roader and ricner working opportunities wnicn.
in turn. |rings tne deep knowiedge tnat oniv comes witn practicai experience ´and project
\nen vou |nd we|sites or iinks to particuiar courses tnat interest vou ´or are required |or
vour pro|essionai certi|cation and add tnese to a speciai tag – ·AiLearning\isniist – on
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ieiicious. 1nen as vou are pianning wnicn courses to take or |ooks to purcnase. vou wiii
nave a iist readv at vour |ngertips.
Ad hoc learning
As vou |egin researcning sources o| content. vou wiii aiso |nd a varietv o| |ree or ad noc
iearning opportunities. 1nis can inciude wnitepapers or tnougnt ieadersnip articies on a
varietv o| topics. we|inars. recorded seminars or even |ree ciasses via i1unesl. ior exampie.
tnis |ree iecture |v larack C|ama on America’s Leadersnip in (iean lnergv wouid |e par-
ticuiariv use|ui |or tnose interested in sustaina|iiitv. \itn vour |ookmarkiets at tne readv.
vou can keep track o| compeiiing knowiedge as vou |nd it.
At tnis stage o| |uiiding vour iLl. it is aii a|out identi|ving and gatnering. ion’t stop to read
tnrougn tne detaiis o| evervtning vou |nd. identi|v in|ormation tnat vou tnink wiii |e use-
|ui. categorize it using tags or ieiicious |ookmarks and tnen move on.
1ne next cnapter wiii expiain now vou |iter and manage tnis in|ormation in a wav tnat
directiv |ocuses on vour skiiiing needs and vour career aspirations.
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in tne previous cnapter. i expiained one o| tne wavs tnat vou can get started |uiiding vour
personai iearning environment ´iLl.
i see iLls as operating in tnree distinct wavs.
Catnering in|ormation and knowiedge ´tnis is part ¡
iiitering and process tnis data
Acting on tne knowiedge tnat we nave acquired
Cnce vou nave registered witn tne various we|sites and |egun coiiating vour in|ormation
as per tne previous cnapter. it’s time to |iter and process tne data. lut don’t worrv. tnis is
not a|out doing it on vour own! Cnce vou set tnis up tne rignt wav. vour sociai network
and oniine toois wiii not oniv neip vou |iter content. |ut aiso iead vou to quaiitv. recom-
mended sources o| iearning materiai.
:ow we need to do a |ew tnings.
(reate vour own iLl repositorv
\ake vour |ookmarks tastv ´ok. ieiicious
legin consuming knowiedge
Creating your own PLE repository
Cne o| tne |rst tnings vou want to do to |egin processing and |itering data is to create a
space wnere vou can store vour personai iearning resources. Cne o| tne easiest wavs o| doing
tnis is to use a site sucn as iosterous. lere is a iosterous site tnat i created eariier
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to give vou a sense o| now easv it is to
use – and wnat it mav iook iike a|ter
vou nave |een using it |or a wniie. 1o
get started. aii vou need to do is send
an emaii to post 'at[ posterous 'dot[
You wiii receive an emaii |rom ioster-
ous recommending tnat vou set a
password |or vour iosterous site. You
most de|niteiv ·lClLi do tnis – not
just |or securitv – |ut to unieasn a
wnoie range o| otner |ene|ts – it
aiiows vou to see aii vour own iearning in|ormation in a |eed reader. it aiiows otners to
su|scri|e to vour iLl and vou can even customise tne iook and |eei to make it |eei more iike
YClI personai iearning environment. lut one o| tne most use|ui aspects is tne wav tnat
vou can pu|iisn content to vour iLl using a singie integrated |ookmarkiet |utton on vour
A|ter vou nave set vour password. vou wiii |e given tne cnance to instaii tne iosterous |ook-
markiet. ·impiv drag tne |ookmarkiet to vour |rowser’s tooi|ar and vou wiii |e pu|iisn
straignt to vour iLl witn a singie ciick.
:ow. as vou are sur|ng tne we|. take tne time to consider wnetner sometning vou are view-
ing needs to |e read straignt awav or wnetner it can |e saved to vour iLl |or iater viewing.
1nink a|out wnicn categorv o| iearning it |eiongs to and wnetner otners wiii |ene|t |rom
tnis content. Iemem|er. vou oniv get out o| vour iLl wnat vou put in. and tnat doesn’t
just mean iinks. it means context.
This is all it takes to get started with your own personal
learning environment – you can get started with a single
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PLE tip: \nen vou ciick tne lookmarkiet |utton vou wiii see tnat tnere is a |eid into wnicn
vou can write vour own comment. lse tnis space to expiain tne reason wnv vou are captur-
ing tnis in|ormation. wnv it is use|ui and wnen vou ´and otners snouid use tnis tvpe o|
knowiedge. :ow. wnen vou iater return to tnis in|ormation vou wiii nave an expianation
tnat vou can use.
The importance of tagging
Cnce vou nave started coiiecting data. tne |rst step
in processing and |itering tne materiai is to tag it.
1nis wiii make it easier to |nd at a iater date.
A|ter pu|iisning an item to vour iLl repositorv.
iogin and cneck vour post. \ake sure tnat vou nave
correctiv created iinks to tne originai content source
and tnat vou nave expiained tne context o| tne
in|ormation in enougn detaii tnat it makes sense to
someone eise wno mignt nappen to read it. Iemem|er tnat wniie tne iLl is |or vour use.
otners wiii aiso |nd vaiue in it.
You wiii notice tnat vou wnen vou scroii over tne titie o| vour pu|iisned item tnat tne 1ag
(iick tne 1ag option
1vpe a reievant tag into tne space provided
iress lnter to create tne tag.
it is important to esta|iisn tnis as a discipiine |or eacn post tnat vou create. A|ter aii. vou
want to get tne maximum vaiue |rom vour iLl – and tagging neips vou identi|v aii tne di|-
|erent sources |or vour emerging iearning tnemes and topics.
Tagging in Posterous is very simple and
helps make the data in your PLE much
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Making your bookmarks tasty
lv now. vou snouid nave started using ieiicious ´or some otner sociai |ookmarking ser-
vice. i| vou nave not. simpiv nead over to ieiicious and sign up |or an account. \ake sure
tnat vou aiso instaii tne ieiicious |ookmarkiet as weii – |or ease o| use vou mav want to
create a iLl |oider in vour tooi|ar so tnat vou can keep vour iLl toois togetner.
Cnce vou nave vour ieiicious account setup.
import vour existing |ookmarks
iut a pu|iic domain or creative commons iicense on vour |ookmark coiiection to
make it easier |or otners to snare in vour knowiedge ´vou are going to |e receiving
neip |rom otners. |e sure to reciprocate!
Ieview vour |ookmarks
(reate a new categorv caiied ·AiLearning\isniist – using tnis tag wiii aiiow otn-
ers to snare tneir wisniist witn vou
:ow. as vou |egin to review vour |ookmarks. quickiv run vour eve over tne categories.
\ake sure tnat tnev make sense to vou |rom a LlAI:i:C point o| view. ·tep tnrougn vour
|ookmarks one tag at a time ´i know tnis is time consuming |ut it wiii |e wortnwniie.
ior eacn tag.
(neck tnat |ookmarked items are correctiv piaced
\ake sure tnere are additionai tags tnat provide context |or tne particuiar item
´|or exampie mv ·AiLearning\isniist snows not just tnose courses or we|inars
i wouid iike to attend. |ut aiso tne main domain in wnicn tnat knowiedge sits
– sucn as (I\
(neck now manv otner peopie nave |ookmarked tne same page as vou – vou wiii
notice a smaii square witn a num|er inside it. tnis is tne num|er o| otner peopie
wno nave aiso |ookmarked tnis piece o| in|ormation. 1nis is use|ui |ecause.
ieopie wno are interested in tne same topic as vou mav nave a di||erent and
1nev mav nave otner iinks tnat wiii |e use|ui to vour personai iearning
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You can su|scri|e to tneir lookmark I·· |eed so tnat vou can iearn more
witnout naving to ·ClI(l tnat iearning
Putting some discipline into your knowledge surfng
:ow tnat vou nave a wav to remem|er and nigniignt good sources o| content ´|ookmarks
as weii as a wav o| providing context ´tnrougn iosterous. now vou need to start to |e disci-
piined witn tne wav tnat vou source interesting and use|ui iearning content. As vou identi|v
new pieces o| use|ui knowiedge.
lookmark and tag tne in|ormation using ieiicious
\rite a snort note on wnv it is use|ui to vou and post it to vour iLl ´ie iosterous
1ag vour iosterous articie so tnat it is easv to return to.
Next Step: Consuming knowledge
1ne next step is wnere vou |egin cnanneiiing aii vour iearning sources into a |ramework
tnat is |ocused towards vour career am|itions.
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Acting on your new
As anv good project manager knows. vou need a pian and vou need activitv to ensure
tnat vou reaiiv do acnieve vour goais. 1ne same appiies to personai iearning. ·o no matter
wnetner vou are an experienced ·Ai pro|essionai or just starting out on vour ·Ai career.
creating a personai iearning environment ´iLl is one o| tne |est wavs to ensure tnat vou
are up-to-date witn tne iatest in|ormation. connected witn vour communitv. and working
towards acnieving vour career goais.
in tnis cnapter. we iook at now to set vour career goais. \e aiso tnen |oiiow tnis tnrougn
witn tne daiiv steps tnat vou need to take to acnieve tnem – witn particuiar |ocus on tne
practicaiities o| using vour iLl to act on vour new knowiedge as a wav o| acnieving vour
Setting your career goals
Your career goais wiii sni|t and cnange over time. nowever. tnev are an important |actor in
neiping vou squeeze tne most out o| everv opportunitv. ior exampie. goais neip vou.
iocus on wnat’s important wnen time is tignt and deadiines approacn
\ork tnrougn cnaiienging environments ´keep vour eves on tne prize
\anouevre vour career |v working on projects wnicn |uiid. expand or |roaden
vour skiii |ase ´tnis cnanges over time
in tne Learning on iemand |v ·Ai (areer ireparation elook. we taik a|out tne tnree
stages o| vour career.
(areer |uiider – generaiiv tne |rst ¡o-¡¯ vears o| vour career wnere vou are |uiid-
ing connections. gaining experience and acceierating vour iearning
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·kiii consoiidation – tnis is tne next ¡o÷ vears wnere vour |ocus |ecomes more
narrow. it is a time o| consoiidating vour skiiis and demonstrating vour expertise
(areer contri|ution – tnis iast pnase o| vour career is a|out cementing vour repu-
tation in vour organization and across vour industrv sector.
Accordingiv. our career expectations and aspirations wiii cnange over time. lowever. career
goais wiii generaiiv |aii into tne |oiiowing categories – wnat we caii tne iour Is.
Iemuneration – wnat ievei o| |nanciai |ene|t do vou want to acnieve witn eacn
stage o| vour career:
Ieputation – wnat do vou want to |e known |or:
Iesponsi|iiitv – now mucn responsi|iiitv ´and autnoritv can vou reaiisticaiiv
Ieaiization – wnat do vou know now and wnere wiii tnat knowiedge take vou:
\nen vou are setting vour career goais. vou need to take into account tnese |our core
Short, medium and long term goals
it is not untii vou start to put vour career goais into a context tnat tnev reaiiv |ecome use|ui
to vou. 1ake a moment to consider tne iour Is and tnen trv |iiing in tne |oiiowing ta|ie. it
is important to make tne e||ort to \Ii1l down vour goais – tne simpie act o| committing
tnem to paper neips to rein|orce now important tnese goais are to us. and to our |uture.
1nev aiso give us sometning to work towards.
in eacn o| tne rows. under eacn o| tne neadings. write a description o| vour end-goai. 1nen
expand on tnis across tne coiumns. \nat are tne snort. medium and iong term goais tnat
must |e reacned |or vou to acnieve vour end-goai: ·et as manv goais as vou iike. |ut do trv
to |e as speci|c as possi|ie.
i| vou are |eeiing particuiariv inspired. vou can repiace tne neadings “snort term”. “medium
term” and “iong term” witn actuai dates.
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Goal Long term Medium term Short term
Turning goals into actions
:ow tnat vou nave set out some career goais. tne next step is to prioritize tnem and write
out a pian o| now to reacn tnem. Let’s start witn vour snort term goais.
irioritize vour snort term goais and tnen write tnem. in order. into tne |oiiowing ta|ie.
·peci|v tne steps tnat are required to acnieve eacn o| tnese goais. witn particuiar
|ocus on tne iiI·1 step tnat vou need to take
iocument tne neip tnat vou wiii require to acnieve tnis goai. (onsider wnetner
tnis neip is |nanciai. time-|ased or peopie-|ocused in nature. ior exampie. do vou
need |unds to neip vou pav |or training: do vou need to take a sa||aticai: or do
vou need new contacts or a mentor
\ake sure to speci|v a due date |or vour goai. le reaiistic.
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Goal Steps required Help required Due by
Share your goals with others
A|ter vou nave prioritized vour goais and written out tne steps tnat vou need to take and
considered tne tvpe o| neip vou are going to need. vou are readv to |egin snaring vour goais
witn otners. i| vou nave a mentor. now is a good time to snare vour tnougnts and pians. i|
vou don’t nave a mentor. discuss tnem witn vour |oss or a trusted coiieague. ion’t |orget
tnat vour |amiiv can aiso |e a vaiua|ie source o| advice wnen it comes to careers. Ask |or
constructive |eed|ack – in|ormation tnat vou can use to cnange or improve vour goai pian-
ning – |ut remem|er. tnis is YClI career and YClI pian. \nat stavs in. wnat is added and
wnat comes out is entireiv up to vou.
iinaiiv. wnen vou nave a good. soiid set o| goais tnat vou are com|orta|ie witn ´or even
siigntiv cnaiienged |v. write tnem out and piace tnem in vour iLl. Yes. tnat’s rignt. iut
tnem somewnere tnat vou can see tnem o|ten. 1nat mav mean writing tnem onto a sneet
o| paper and pinning tnem a|ove vour desk. or it mav mean pu|iisning tnem to tne side|ar
o| vour oniine iLl repositorv ´eg iosterous. 1ne advantage to pu|iisning vour goais oniine
is tnat otners mav see tnem and suggest resources and otner |orms o| assistance – |or ex-
ampie. one o| vour goais mav |e to |nd a mentor. \riting tnis on vour iLl wiii aiiow otners
to see tnat vou are serious a|out vour career progression. it mav aiso make it easv |or tne
per|ect mentor to |nd vou.
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From plans to action
As vou can see. tnere are manv tnings to
consider wnen it comes to personai iearn-
ing. |ut tne |est tning to do is to just get
started. lv now vou wiii nave created a pri-
oritized iist o| goais. setup vour |ookmarks
and created a iLl repositorv. ·o. tne next
step is starting to get tne juicv goodness
out o| vour iLl – moving |rom pianning
to action. 1nis is wnere vour daiiv iearning
process kicks in!
it is easv to |eei overwneimed witn I·· |eeds. new ·Ai courses. upgrades and so on. Leave
it a |ew davs and it vour unread |eed iist can go crazv. 1ake a coupie o| weeks ieave and vou
mav as weii deiete evervtning and start over!
lv naving vour in|ormation and knowiedge |eeds aggregated tnrougn a |eed reading service
sucn as Coogie Ieader. vou can save a great deai o| time and e||ort. 1nis is not just a |unc-
tion o| simpiicitv – |ut aiso o| ease o| use. Cne o| tne most easv-to-use |eed readers i nave
come across is ieediv. 1nis iire|ox extension takes vour cataiogued |eed iist |rom Coogie
Ieader and turns it into a daiivweekiv digest o| categorised in|ormation. Let’s just take a
quick iook at now tnis mignt work |or vou.
Aii o| tne |eeds tnat i nave created in Coogie Ieader now äow tnrougn to tne categories
snown down tne ie|t nand side o| mv ieediv reader. And |or eacn o| tne categorv areas.
ieediv automaticaiiv cnecks |or tne most wideiv read articies and pusnes tnem into a “iea-
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notes ´wnicn are tnen routed as comments to Coogie Ieader – vou are e||ectiveiv now
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1ne tning to remem|er a|out a iLl is tnat it is not jl·1 |or vou. it is aiso |or vour mentor
´i| vou nave one and coiieagues in vour network wno are interested in tne same pro|es-
sionai topics tnat vou are. 1nis two-wav dvnamic aiiows vou to.
·nare vour in|ormation. iists. aspirations |v pu|iisning tnem
Ieceive |eed|ack. suggestions and recommendations
iiiter in|ormation tnrougn tnis |eed|ack mecnanism
iistri|ute aii tnis across vour network via I·· |eeds etc
\nen vou start using toois and piat|orms sucn as iosterous and ieediv. vou are not just
creating vaiue |or voursei|. vou are creating vaiue |or otners – and vour personai recom-
mendations ´ie votingsnaring etc automaticaiiv |egin appearing across tne we|. ·o now. as
vou iearn. vou are aiso contri|uting to vour communitv and siowiv. |ut sureiv. |uiiding a
As vou grow more con|dent. vou can |ring otner tecnnoiogies ´sucn as 1witter into vour
personai iearning environment. just remem|er. vou need to consider voursei| a pu|iisner
´even i| it is |or an audience o| one – and |v creating tagging. in|ormation and context
around vour personai iearning. vou wiii |e a|ie to grow vour knowiedge and vour skiiis in
a wav tnat |ene|ts vour own career. And it mav just |ene|t tne careers o| otners too – and
tnat’s not a |ad tning!
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