Why I work here.
January 6, 2015 Leave a comment
It is that time of year where everyone thinks about the year ahead and what they want to do and achieve, but sometimes amongst all of these thoughts and plans it is easy to forget the why behind the things that we do. I was reminded of that today by a post by a friend on LinkedIn. We talk about compliance and standards, about how to improve the things that we do, about best practice, trends and new technologies. We talk about training needs and delivery processes, how to fund and manage learning. We talk about policy and theory and academic positions and theories, informal and formal learning, elearning, mlearning and all of the things we would like to do or try it we had the time and the resources. While this is all fine it is very easy to lose sight of the simple facts about the sector that we all work in, it is about the participants and more importantly every single day this sector changes people’s lives. Not just the lives of individuals but of their families, those around them and their communities.
We need to remember the person who failed at school but who has learnt new skills through a well structured adult learning program
We need to remember the staff who through the things that we provide are able to life their careers and their lives to heights they never thought possible
We need to remember the clients and stakeholders who get better quality of service and outcomes and walk away happy rather than disgruntled and take that happiness into other parts of their lives
And most importantly we need to remember that working in this sector more than many others gives us such an opportunity to have a real and lasting effect on the lives of others.
And I for one and grateful to have such a wonderful opportunity.