Did you know my first professional education was to become a teacher? A teacher in construction techniques, such as bricklaying, stucco and tiling. I had to train myself a lot to master these skills.
For my graduation project, I built a sandbox; not a square one but a star-shaped one. It included all kinds of challenges and techniques to be able to show (off) my mastery. I’m sure it’s the reason that I still like artisanal skills.
You know what’s strange about bricklaying, though? It is a skill that is still in demand these days, although it was already used by the Romans and even at 7000 to 6000 BC. Not many skills have a ‘shelf life’ that long.
Today, more and more skills become obsolete due to technological developments. That results in many initiatives around upskilling and reskilling; these themes are high on the agenda of organisations, governments and learning communities. Therefore, having attention for upskilling and reskilling brings interesting opportunities for learning professionals like you.
I hope this episode of the Learning Notes will help you take your chances.