This activity is designed to help you identify your current abilities in relation to your passion or mission. You will also explore what the role looks like in the context of your mission, whether it is a role you are currently in or one you aspire to.
Next, you will focus on your current role and describe the problem or value it provides. You will also create a list of activities or steps you take to solve that problem. For example, this could be a freelancer's workflow as a musician or a design thinking methodology used by a UX designer.
Once you have a first pass workflow, share it with your team, specifically your leaders. Based on the strategic vision of the organisation, you can explore new opportunities for growth that serve both you and the organisation in the future. From this, you can start to identify new skillsets that you can work on, creating a clear idea of the knowledge you currently have and the target you will aim for in the future to become a more valuable professional. Use the Career-path mapping exercises to track progress towards these new skills.
Every learning institution has three main controllable variables when facilitating the learning process: the learning material, the method of learning, and the educator/mentor.
These three elements will guide the development of your personalised curriculum:
Given these three categories, take each skillset on your skills matrix and plan out a learning journey that will take you from your current knowledge to your target knowledge for that skillset. Consider what learning material and method of learning will be most effective for you, and identify a potential educator or mentor who can support you in this journey.
Staying up-to-date on industry trends and technological developments can help an organisation identify skills that may be in high demand in the future. Consulting with external experts, such as industry analysts or thought leaders, educators and freelance specialists, can provide valuable insights into skills that may be in high demand in the future, enabling the process of Role Forcasting.
Self-directed learning can be a challenging but rewarding process. To stay motivated, it is important to regularly review and adjust your personalised curriculum, celebrate your progress and accomplishments, and have a support system in place to keep you on track. Remember to be flexible and open to trying new things, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.