Expand your network and get career advice Can online learning communities help you thrive in the 21st century workplace?

Continuously learning and updating skills to match the needs of the future workplace might sound like a lonely endeavor. Luckily, there are online learning communities that can help you connect and learn together with others working on similar goals around the world.

The changing nature of work and learning environments

You might have noticed that learning is something that does not stop when you graduate, receive your diploma and land your first job. It is a lifelong journey of updating your knowledge and skills to stay competitive in the 21st century workplace - a workplace that has never existed before, a workplace characterized by automation, globalization and the need to tackle environmental challenges.

This means that we cannot rely on formal education alone to provide us with critical skills around employability, such as communication, analytical thinking and leadership, but we need to take charge of becoming self-empowered learners ourselves.

The wonderful power of learning with an online community

The journey of lifelong learning shouldn’t be a lonely one and it does not need to be: digitalization has given rise to platforms which allow us to foster online communities that bring learners together within an international landscape.

Sharing lessons and experiences with others is not only beneficial in broadening your knowledge, but it also allows you to engage in active learning, which allows information to travel from short-term to long-term memory.

Do you think you’re doing enough to help turn the information you’ve acquired into knowledge? Are you reflecting and discussing your learnings with others?

For information to turn into knowledge, you need to take part in activities that allow you to process and reflect on the information you have gained. That is precisely what happens when you engage in conversations with a range of people from different backgrounds and worldviews.

Join Funzi’s global community for career and personal development

With more than 8 million users worldwide learning on Funzi, we realized that there is a need for a platform where like-minded learners can come together and support one another in their pursuit of becoming the best versions of themselves. That’s why we created the “Funzi: Personal & Career Development Hub” Facebook group.

In the group, we discuss courses, exchange career and life tips, knowledge, reflect on where we are and help each other overcome challenges on a daily basis. We keep each other accountable to our goals and celebrate one another’s achievements. We support each other on our journeys to thrive in the 21st century workplace.

As Alana, a group member from South Africa, put it:

I absolutely love being a part of the Funzi Hub on Facebook. Being a part of and learning in a collaborative community is so much better than doing it on your own. Sharing in the group is encouraging, supportive and makes it so much more enjoyable than it would have been had I done it alone. Something that I’ve really enjoyed and put great value on is meeting all of the incredible, interesting and wonderful new people from different cultures and countries all over the world.

Join our Facebook group to learn and grow alongside people from around the globe!

Funzi: Personal & Career development hub

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