Date: "2013"

Leveraging Informal Learning for Interns

Millennials Leveraging Informal Learning

College students spend nine months out of the year learning in a classroom style setting. The last thing they want for their summer internship is to spend the other three months doing the exact same thing.

While it might be more enjoyable for interns to ditch formal learning altogether, developing new skills in the workplace is crucial, especially for these younger workers trying to fine-tune their abilities. Striking the balance between intern engagement and effective learning can be difficult, but by leveraging social learning in the internship setting, such a balance can easily be achieved, avoiding the summer-school atmosphere altogether.

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The Importance of Learning Networks

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In the age of information overload, learning networks are an essential way to stay abreast of emerging knowledge and trends.

Throughout my career I have always found myself in roles that require in-depth knowledge of emerging trends and topics. Like many management consultants, I’ve spent days combing through documents, piecing together a story to inform a client meeting, proposal or solution outline. The challenge of finding valuable sources of information, categorizing them, filtering the output from each and curating the useful tidbits is one every professional faces. For individuals that like to read, such a challenge may seem like fun, but even my bookworm friends find staying on top of the fire hose of information available today overwhelming.

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Six Tips for Developing a Learning Network

Developing a Learning Network

In the age of information overload, learning networks are an essential way to stay abreast of emerging knowledge and trends. Take a look at Master Burnett's top 6 tips for developing a community based learning network.

1) Follow people not sources: Information sources can be great one day and completely useless the next.  Quality output from sources can fluctuate, however, people are relatively consistent in the quality and scope of content they contribute. 2) Formalize when possible: Formal networks are far more beneficial for more scientifically backed  or complex subjects.  In formal networks, where all of the participants have been introduced to one another, it can be helpful to combine insights and highlight new source discoveries to determine if certain sources are worth monitoring.

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Improving Talent Experience by Building Communities

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With more and more unskilled applicants entering the workforce, organizations are having trouble reaching out and finding talented candidates. However, just finding the right talent is not always enough, and many companies are unable to engage with their candidates to create a maximum return on expense. Using talent communities to involve all workforce participants, including candidates, employees, and alumni, organizations can improve their talent experience by

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Using Social Media to Engage Millennials

Using Social Media to Engage Millennials

The Millennial generation is becoming an increasingly sought-after demographic in the modern American workforce. Their natural fluidity with technology, and their blend of optimism and practicality makes these young workers some of the most natural choices for internships. Millennials primarily differ from their older Generation X counterparts in their needs for constant contact and peer driven learning. After understanding how these characteristics drive learning in the workplace, there is a clear path for employers to foster community to engage with their interns.

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