I’m sorry, but when someone says “Lifelong Learning” I immediately think:
and when they ask me to “improve myself”, like say, thru #SkillsFuture, I think
Am I the only one?
“Lifelong Learning” – yeah, yeah, easier said than done, especially when most of us are busy making ends meet…
But there’s an SGfuture Labour Movement recently put in play…
But before you start picturing this:
We need you to keep an open mind.
There’s a quote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Many have used it for travel… but the power is in the final phrase. He should have said “move or die” and we’d still get it. The great affair is to move. Whether it’s up at work, or on with life, or out of the country every 6 months…
just keep moving.
The point is there is a need to see Singaporeans “up our level” so that we can stay ahead, (not afloat nor just alive… that’s for losers… ahead, okay, ahead… that’s what winners do) as we advance #TowardsSG100
stay with me here…
Singapore. towards SG100. stay ahead. yeah, sounds good
At its recent townhall, NTUC communities shared some project ideas to “get us there”. There was also an address by the Secretary General of NTUC: Chan Chun Sing.
Here are some of the highlights:
“Start Sharing Good Ideas”
… it’s easy (now) to use social networks to garner support and spread ideas. Everybody can be a publisher. Talk to the correct person and a great idea can spread. Leverage upon good networks…NTUC itself has many communities, and is possibly “the largest not-secret association in Singapore”… Start sharing good ideas, from how to get people excited about initiatives, to making health and safety devices for the elderly…
If you want senior citizens to try out something advanced, you’ve got to make technology relevant to them. Instead of teaching them “CTRL+ALT+DEL” for laptops, teach them how to check 4D on their mobiles! Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is relevance.
People are fearful of being displaced by technology, but technology creates many new jobs. But be mindful that it depends on a whole chain of people upgrading themselves for those at the bottom to be able to move up; it means that people in the middle cannot be comfortable. If they don’t move, the lower, first person cannot move. There are 2.5 million people and 4 million jobs. The problem is not total jobs, it’s the fit.
Dare To Collaborate
Some think that the labour movement partnering LinkedIN is cavorting with the enemy. It is, however, in the best interests of the labour market to put everyone into jobs that they are interested in, and are most skilled to do. Helping people network, link up, and finding their calling is the priority.
Start Small to Make it Big
Facebook started so guys could get to know girls…
starting small and being focused allowed Facebook to grow into the social media superpower it is today, connecting people around the globe. I hope some of the ideas put forth for lifelong learning will “catch fire” and even if things are uncertain, if each of us does our part, we will be there to see SG100.
If You’re Young and Able…
i.e. PMETs (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians)
Expect to be part of youth career networks! Match-up with mentors, get career coaching and attend networking sessions.
Also, get to apply yourself. There would be more “learning through caring”, projects where you can put your skills to good use by helping the needy… low income groups, etc.
If You’re Gold and Silver (that means old)…
The focus is on “plugging (you) into the next generation”.
Exposure to technology for instance… Expect heightened cross-generational interactions; at cooperation between young and old, and your experience to matter.
If You’re Female…
Faced with unique challenges of balancing work, life and their aspirations, some of the activities in the pipeline include forming the U-Women Network, mentoring women by women, and designating Woman’s Learning Day.