Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant


In Uncategorized on January 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Yesterday, I received a call from one of my best friends to tell me that I am invited to her daughter’s graduation from Tulane University in May.

It is important to realize that school is not the only thing we graduate from…or get to a point where we need to apply what we have learned in a new way. We may, for example, “graduate” from jobs that no longer offer us the same challenge they used to. We may realize we have grown more than some people in our lives who are not open to change.

Certain organizations, like the State of Michigan,  value continuous learning so much that they have identified it as a key competency needed for their organization to be successful in the future. Most organizations make an effort to develop their people, especially in better economic times.  But we need to be open to learning new things and taking on new roles.

When you continue to learn you may find yourself at a different level – and actually thinking differently –  than those who resist change. And you have the potential to actually offer your organization more long-term than people rooted in tradition.

Graduating from college is a big step. But it is not the only type of graduation we face in work, or in life. Some of us recognize that the cartoonist Doug Larsen was probably right when he said, “The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.” 

Taking some risks and volunteering for new opportunities and projects can provide our employers with the proof of our ability to handle more tomorrow than we are handling today.

So when I go to the graduation in May, I have confidence that the graduate I’m going to see will continue to learn, experience new things, and make herself more interesting and valuable to employers throughout her life. She has made the most of every opportunity she’s had so far, and I know she’ll do well in the future. As an honorary aunt, I know I’m biased. But I’m allowed my opinion.


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