The World Is Changing, So Should You

The world we live in is constantly changing. Shouldn’t we adapt to the changes?

For companies who are involved in global business operations, the ability to communicate effectively is of great importance. Companies need to state how their products and services differ from their competitors.

So it comes as no surprise that communication becomes a vital aspect in these business affairs. Knowing a second language or multiple languages will assist in opening the doors to the global market. Everyone wants a slice of the cake. However, only companies that can communicate cross-culturally effectively will become successful. 

If the world is changing, shouldn’t you change as well?

The world is changing so adapt to the change

Employees within a company must be capable of communicating in a non-native language if they want to acquire international clients or customers. So, only those who have the necessary skills to communicate cross-culturally will be in charge of global projects.

It is up to us as individuals to constantly assess our skills and qualities. We should consider personal development a lifelong process as that’s the only way to adapt to change.

The best development one can choose is to learn a second language. Learning a second language will allow you to stay adept at the demands of globalization. Also, no doubt having this kind of skill can lead to a promotion. 

However, this kind of personal development may be a challenge. But it is not impossible. So, let’s look at some of the ways to achieve this.

Adapt to the change, learn a second language

Classroom learning

For a long time, the education system has revolved around a classroom setting. It’s sitting through lectures, working in groups, and completing worksheets. 

Many institutions have teaching materials already prepared and readily available. However, in this setting, the curriculum is set for the entire course. There is no freedom to pause and no possibility of personalizing the course to meet individual needs.

You don’t want to stop the class from progressing to the next topic because you are struggling right?

Having a fixed curriculum may be perfect for a public education system. However, if you are no longer receiving public education, a personalized approach to learning may be better.

Self-learning

In recent years, self-learning has become popular. This is because self-learning allows you to have a lot more flexibility in your life. One of the greatest things about self-learning is that you are learning on your own time and at your own pace.

When you progress at your own pace, you can spend more time on the areas that you may be struggling with. Additionally, you are able to work and squeeze your learning in whenever you have free time. In a normal instructor-led course this would not be possible.

While this sounds awesome, most individuals tend to lack motivation and often find it to be lonely. The most important thing that helps to bring results when self-learning is having a clear sense of direction. If you lack structure, then you may become disorganized or might even lose focus.

Because you become the instructor and the student, you must find all the materials and teach yourself while trying not to create any bad habits. For some, this is just too much work.

But could there be a middle ground?

Tutor learning

Playing the role of both instructor and student can be extremely challenging. This is especially so for individuals who lack motivation.

In such a situation, a tutor is the perfect source of help. With tutoring, each lesson is tailored to your preferences and you get to have one-to-one learning sessions. In these sessions, you can ask questions, receive feedback and even address specific challenges. With the use of a personalized approach, a tutor can assess one’s strengths and weaknesses.

Tutoring has been proven to be beneficial for people who may be:

  • slow learners or advanced learners.
  • seeking to challenge themselves.
  • unmotivated or easily distracted.
  • searching for help (interview, homework, or test prep).
Adapt to the change, enhancing your learning

We know how difficult it is to decide on the best learning solution for yourself. There are so many options out there! But, the first step one should take is to understand what would be the best learning method for yourself.

To get a better understanding of your learning style, learnwithscience has incorporated matching tutors to students based on a personality test. You can read more about this method from the article Matching Tutors with MBTI.

Remember, the world is changing and so should you. Learn a second language to keep up with these changes.

Thanks for reading, until next time learnwithscience.

References:

Grasha, A. F. (2002). The dynamics of one-on-one teaching. College Teaching, 50(4), 139-146.

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