Why You Should Invest in Learning and Development

Written by Alina Manaig

“Nature versus Nurture” is a topic you have probably heard of a million times already. This has always been a subject of debate, as well as one of the oldest issues discussed in the history of psychology. So how can an individual’s success be attributed to any of these two? I have heard parents battling over this — a child receives his first honor medal and the dad would say, “Oh he got that from my genes,” while the mom would say, “Well, if I did not go through the lessons with him and practice at home, then he would have ended up only either second or third honor.” The same thing goes with the old cliché, “Leaders are born and not made” or, for some, the other way around.

Which has a greater influence on a person’s behavior — genetics or environmental factors? Which plays a greater role in shaping one’s personality — inherited traits or life experiences? These are never-ending questions on nature versus nurture. The truth is, both factors play critical roles since both interact in important ways throughout a person’s life. But still, I believe that it is not enough that you are good with what you do just because you have it in you. Living in this disruptive world, where change is the only thing that has remained constant, one has to keep or continue learning.

“Investing in one’s learning & development is not just the responsibility of the employer/organization, but the individual’s as well.”

This is the reason why you should invest in learning and development. I am not only stating that employers must provide training for their employees, but as an individual, you should also plunge into the available learning programs your organization has to offer. Take advantage of those! Don’t think about sleepless nights (reading through case studies or similar materials), missing some work days (attending workshops), or missing out on weekends (if training is scheduled on a Saturday). These do not happen every day anyway and these opportunities may not come your way again, right?

What you should rather focus on are its benefits — new skills and knowledge are acquired; existing skills and knowledge are enhanced or updated; weaknesses are addressed; confidence, capability, and competence are improved. The bottom line is that you will be able to perform better and even realize your potential. It is great to know that you already have good attributes inherent in you, but nurturing these can bring you to the next level and unleash a greater possibility. As they say, “It always takes two to tango.”

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About the author:

Alina is currently the assistant vice president and business unit head, handling Recruitment Process Outsourcing Services of John Clements Consultants Professional Staffers Division. She has 25 years of professional experience in executive management consultancy, talent search and recruitment operations, sales and marketing. Within this professional period, her 16 years of executive work with John Clements has given her the opportunity to work with the top 500 corporations and conglomerates across several industries in the Philippines and in Asia. A graduate of BS Economics from University of Santo Tomas, Alina is married with three lovely children.