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How To Setup A Learning Routine At Work

4 tips to grow your skills while being hired

Per Harald Borgen
Aug 29, 2016 · 4 min read

At Xeneta, all employees are encouraged to spend work hours to learn new stuff, as we believe employee skill growth directly impacts our success.

Throughout this year, I’ve tried to follow a consistent learning routine every week, and I’ve experienced how effective this can be. Likewise, I’ve also realized how easy it is to get off track, which is why I decided to write this article.

1. Ask for it

Your first challenge might be that your company doesn’t have a training program. And it might not be a culture for it either.

2. Set off specific hours

In the beginning, I squeezed in a little bit of learning here and there, whenever I didn’t have other tasks hanging over me. This is a bad idea.

Three straight hours of learning is better than an hour a day for three days.

Secondly, it’s easy to skip your learning sprints it if you don’t schedule time for it, as there are always tasks to be done. So save yourself the mental cost of having to choose between working or learning multiple times throughout the week, and simply add it to your calendar instead.

3. Plan your training ahead of time

This point is important. The difference between a fruitful learning session and three wasted hours is often whether or not I planned what I was going to learn.

  • Do next lecture in course B
  • Try to understand concept C.
Following a course online makes it easy to know what to do next. Here is a lecture from a course I’ve been taking this year (Stanford CS224D).

4. Put your skills to the test

This one is not critical, but it’s both fun and makes your knowledge stick. By finding a way to use your newly acquired skills at work, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and likely get motivated to learn even more.


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