I call on the opinions of Professional Development practicians, on how they envision the future of their profession. I specifically have in mind the professionals working in training centers offering post university skills development.
I notice an increased appetite for byte size learning. I see more frequent career path changes, allowing a more motivating and intended diversified career path. With more workers with innate technology skills and given the increased conviviality of software apps that evolves more rapidly, I anticipate that technical courses development investments are shorter lived today and the demand is shifting to hands-on expertise tapping. Among all businesses, training centers must require to be the most agile of all in order to stay ahead of the business curve!
I suspect the continued success of training centers depends on their ability to curate the latest knowledge, to hire the experts in demand and surf the wave of a very time sensitive demand.They need to be on top of social networks, to attract practicians by featuring the right influencers, to deliver a high value interactive experience that will take their art to the next level. I imagine they would want to adopt a scaled down model of Singularity University. This university has a small nucleus of employees handling the core functions who work with less than a dozen domain leaders acting a talent recruiters borrowing just-in-time top notch expertise from the field for a pointed learning program.
I imagine these learning centers using the flipped classroom delivery model, devoting group time to learning activities in team while base knowledge is acquired during individual time. When you think about it, that's how learn on the job most of our career: on our own through our unique paths and in interaction with others to scale up the expertise. The wider accessibility of learning serves extremely well the current workforce: MOOCs, social learning, campaign driven mobile learning... Continuing studies support learners in the convenience of their homes, allowing continuous learning.
A training room is only attractive through the promise of a higher cognitive experience than is already available remotely. This is only appealing if this time out supports an immersion with subject matter experts and fellows, reunited for quality time to share, brainstorm and challenge the sweet spot of a given topic.
Is this future of Professional Development? Or perhaps, is it its new present? Flipped and Social.