Bored, confused, or curious, young professionals are picking up learning
The realization that digital working is the foreseeable future is becoming increasingly evident as young professionals are joining the workforce while confined within their homes.
As they focus on their new assignments while seated on their couch, on their dining table, or even the bed as their workspace, they are going through a unique experience at the very beginning of their work life.
For Ashley Mathew, the fact that she is stuck at home in Richardson, also means that she has no one for company, definitely, no human being, was taking a toll on her.
“It's just me and all the other things - my couch, my fridge, that's all around. So there's nothing much to do,” she says, adding that she used to end up spending a lot of time on the phone, much like her other digitally-native peers who have also been driven indoors by the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, when Ahmad Farhan Jumat, who is located in Singapore, joined Infosys and didn’t have much of an idea about programming. He is definitely ready to go through the learning curve.
For professionals at such an early stage in their careers, learning is not only a matter of what is needed, but also something that gives them the chance to grow and generate an interest towards different technologies.
As is the case with Houston based Gabriel Ferrer, who says he is naturally curious and quite enjoys learning new things.
“That’s a part of me,” he emphasises.
Generating the drive to learn
Bored, confused, or curious, the pandemic has given many such young professionals an opportunity to learn. At Infosys, that learning takes place through Lex, a platform that was rolled out in 2018, for people across Infosys.
Once graduates join the organization, while they do go through an organized training program, learners feel that learning more definitely adds value to their ability to perform better. Through Lex they’re able to consistently upskill, reskill and cross-skill themselves.
Mathew says that even though she learned a lot during her training she didn't get to go too deep into a topic.
“So, I took the chance. Even if it was Java, Angular, etc. I learned everything in depth.”
“(Organizations) would require people who know how to work with the changes, and with the new features of that technology,” says Gabriel Ferrer.
Jumat is thankful that the platform pushed him to work harder and helped him a lot in learning essential skills. Tweet
Looking ahead into the future, Ferrer notes that new technologies appear every year, or every two years, and they come with their own set of features. And, according to him, any company looking to adopt the changes will adopt them quickly.
“(Organizations) would require people who know how to work with the changes, and with the new features of that technology,” he says.
Curating a unique learning experience
The young professionals believe that Lex gives them a lot of interesting learning experiences. For Mathew, at a time like this, it is the experience of learning through video that stands out.
“Right now, when you're in a self-learning situation, when you see the video and there is someone teaching you everything – that is really good,” says Mathew.
Jumat, who is graduated from a design school, appreciates the overall layout and the flow of the platform, and says, “Somehow, it is interacting with you.”
And then there is the anytime, anywhere availability where the learners can access it via their phone, or their laptops.
“(Playground) puts you in a place where you think like a programmer, and how like the infrastructure and architecture flows throughout,” says Ahmad Farhan Jumat. Tweet
The learners also rave about Playground, a feature that allows learners to apply what they learn. It allows them to make use of a range of resources and lets them play around with them. They can even change values and methods for their learning exercises with the feature.
“(Playground) puts you in a place where you think like a programmer, and how like the infrastructure and architecture flows throughout,” notes Jumat.
To ensure that the learning is effective, the young professionals go through tests on every topic, as well as assessments at the end, finally leading to certifications.
In the year FY-2021 more than 1.5 lakh learners received certifications on Lex, which is a 50% increase from the year before.
Getting ready for the future
Not only do they keep learning about different topics on the platform, and receive a certification, but it ensures that the learning is implementable by the end of it. The learners believe that it is important to utilize the available time to stay ready for project requirements.
For Mathew it is about learning before one gets into a project because it is more than just about saving a lot of time and effort once one is involved in a project.
“Even if it's in my future, I will learn. Even if it's if it takes a lot of time, I will learn it,” says Ashley Mathew. Tweet
“When you take extra time and learn all the things and come into a project it's like different experience,” she says. Ferrer believes that one needs to keep learning new skills and acquire new knowledge, as otherwise, they could be left behind.
Jumat considers it a good idea where one can utilize the spare time at home as an opportunity to learn something new.
For Mathew, who is planning out her career, learning has become a very important part of her life, and she believes that hard work will take her ahead.
“Even if it's in my future, I will learn. Even if it's if it takes a lot of time, I will learn it,” she says.