What if I don't understand it all the time? The answer is you're not going to understand it all the first time! None of us has. You didn't get it all the first time you played the piano or the first time you played football or the first time you did Math. It's a process. So one of the things I think adult learners need to acknowledge is that you're not going to get it all. Trust me, I've done career development training for a long time. Using discovery can help your learning journey. Here's how discovery works.
Taking a big step and acknowledging that you don't get it all the first time is huge.
There are steps to how you go about it. The average person usually needs to go over something at least three times before a light bulb goes off in their head and they get it. You are setting yourself up for some discouragement and perhaps even failure if you think that you will.
Learning as Discovery
I would say if you were brand new to career training classes, the first thing is that you need to recognize that you're not going to get it all. Treat your first pass as a discovery path and recognize that you don't know it all and you are just trying to get the big concepts of what is happening right now. Consider it a discovery.
Discovery depends a lot on what your background is. For example, a student once left this review.
"I am a new student here at New Horizon Group and have no computer knowledge. I seriously thought i would have not been able to comprehend or understand. But, the way Melodie teaches is so unique to me.i don't no how to explain it. But, when i start taking the tests,its like i can hear her positively calming voice in my head.And now i feel very confident, even when i don't feel it. "
This was from a gentleman that had been in construction his entire life. The he wanted to transition his career to become a policeman, but they told him that the police industry is so computerized now that he needed basic computer skills before he could even go to the police academy.
There's a quote that goes: "You really don't know what you don't know." And that is that is the truth as to what you are doing in computers. Especially if you're coming from an industry that is non-corporate like you're coming from more of a skill industry like construction or a factory job. You have to recognize that you don't know what you don't know.
You almost have to just step back and be a sponge and say to yourself, "I don't know this but I'm willing to discover what this could possibly be used for." And it's not just a discovery process with the instructor but you can learn from your fellow students too.
If you have never used a computer before, start with a free Introduction to Computers Class to learn the basics about a computer and discover it for the first time prior to any other computer class.
Learning from Other Students
I love having classes that have multiple levels in them. In these classes you have really new students and you also have some more experienced students. I love to have them share their stories of what they would use this for. The newer students get super excited about how much time this new skill is going to save them in their career.
If you're a brand new student just make a mental note about this and see that not only is the teacher saying that this is something you will use, but here's other students saying this too. Through this process you're discovering when those things happen those are things that you want to write down in your notebook. Revisit them again to make sure that you don't just discover this exists but you also go back and get a better understanding of it when you go through it the second time.
You Don't Know What You Don't Know
Years ago I had a woman in my class, she was an accountant and she didn't want to be in the class. I can still even picture what she was wearing. We were doing excel and it sounds so very basic, but sometimes when you are in a job and you get thrown into it you can make things work but you're not making them work the most efficiently.
Excel is a workbook program and it has sheets in it so that there are individual sheets for individual products, individual months, individual sales people. However you want to set it up. She inherited this spreadsheet and no one had ever showed her how to name her sheet and I remember showing her how to name their sheets and I thought she was going to cry. She was so excited.
Apparently she had actually had a chart up on her wall in her cubicle that said: Sheet 1 is Philadelphia, Sheet 2 is Chicago, etc. And that boggles my mind that somebody would have done it that way when all you had to do was double click on them and give them a name. But you don't know what you don't know.
Questions to Consider
What can you do going forward? You can rely on what you have learned in your current role and seek a promotion or another job. Or you can acquire new skills that increase your value to your current or future employer.
Education is the key to career advancement, but you don’t need a college degree or MBA to get ahead. Vocational and career training are an efficient and proven way to advance your career and acquire new job skills. Ask these questions when considering career training programs.