The induction process of any new job is tedious and dull, you sit around listening to others telling you what your job really is (as opposed to the one advertised) and get handed a pile of documents that hopefully tell you how to do it.
This is normally supplemented by hours upon hours of sitting next to someone and watching them go slowly through these documents and explain complicated concepts such as copy and paste and using the long way to save a file. You have to sit there while you scream use Ctrl+S and please learn the Alt+ESV method of pasting values. If only this style of learning wasn’t the form of education that riles me.
I’m a tinkerer, I learn by being given something that I can take apart and work out its constituent parts. I want to understand the inner workings, what makes a process fail and if there are any issues which may cause someone to question my findings and results. I suppose if I was a character from a 2000′s NBC TV show that could have been amazing but failed to live up to its promise then I would be Sylar.
Even better is being given a new piece of work where I can develop and build it as I go. I learn through discovery and by working it out myself, in this way I have managed to teach myself:
- Google Analytics
- Adobe Omniture
- Numerous corporate systems
The ability to either press F1 or do a quick Google search helps, but I seem to be able to pick up new pieces of information by wanting to find the answer to a question (I have a certificate from Google that certifies me as a ‘Power Searcher’).
Put me in a class, or in front of a screen and talk to me and all you are going to get is an interested appearance covering the boredom I am feeling. When I get bored I get bad, I am the clever kid who turns naughty because he’s not being challenged enough. The only plus point is that the induction process gives me a lot of brain downtime that I can use to catch up on my sleep.
What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
Source: Learning Style