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Take Charge of Your Learning at Work

Are you a lifelong learner? Are you finding new opportunities to learn? Find out with this online quiz. Then take charge of your own learning at work.

Lifelong learning is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your career. So why not invest in yourself by learning on the job?

Here are some signs that you’re learning at work:

  • You always try to improve how you do your job.
  • You regularly ask for feedback.
  • You choose your own training activities.
  • You look for training opportunities.

Managing your own learning activities and goals and upgrading your skills can help you earn more money and qualify for promotions. It can also make it easier to find better jobs.

Be proactive. Many workplaces invest in their employees’ training and development. Check regularly with your supervisor or human resources department to make sure you know about all the opportunities that may be open to you.

Be creative. If your workplace doesn’t offer formal learning opportunities, you can take advantage of other ways to learn on the job. For example, depending on your work, you may be able to:

  • Read industry newsletters or magazines
  • Teach yourself to do more with the software you have
  • Ask for increasing responsibilities
  • Ask co-workers about their jobs

Be independent. If you have the time and money, enroll in a course or workshop outside of working hours. Choose a course where you can learn a skill that will help you in your current job or make it easier to get promoted.

Take the Work and Learning Quiz

These suggestions are meant to help you:

  • Track your learning and development activities.
  • Assess how effective you are at leading your own learning.
  • Think about ways to learn more, on and off the job.

Check the statements that best reflect how you learn at work:

___ I regularly ask for feedback from my supervisor and customers.
___ I make sure they know what kind of feedback is most useful for me.
___ I regularly ask co-workers to observe me and give me feedback.
___ I always review my own performance.
___ I try to see my performance from my co-workers’ or customers’ points of view.
___ I base my learning activities on my career plan.
___ I try to attend conferences and workshops that match my career goals.
___ I read websites, books and journal articles to support my learning.
___ I learn from colleagues in my field and contact them regularly.
___ I keep track of my career plan, learning and goals and update my progress.
___ I am willing to try new approaches and get involved in projects that require me to grow and learn.
___ I have a mentor.
___ I am a mentor.
___ I write about my field in blogs, websites, newsletters or journals.
___ I give presentations and talks about my work.
___ I teach others in my field.
___ I supervise others.
___ I have an annual budget for learning outside of my workplace.
___ I regularly take time for learning outside of work.
___ I know about the learning opportunities available to me, from weekend workshops to online courses.

___ Total

Scoring instructions

Add the total number of check marks. Use the table below to see what your score means. By the way: there is no scientific basis to the scoring system. The test is designed to get you thinking about your own learning.

Interpret your score

0-5: You may be letting others control your learning.
6-10: You could enhance your learning by taking more control of it.
11-15: You are managing your own learning well, but you could be doing more.
16-20: Congratulations! You are in charge of your own learning.

Be responsible for your learning at work

By taking advantage of formal and informal learning opportunities, you can increase your value as an employee, renew your interest in your work and open up new directions for your career. Ultimately, by leading your own learning, you can make sure you’re going in the direction you want.

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