- On 28 April 2021
Let’s open this article, dedicated not specifically to SAP, with the enlightening words of Piergiorgio Odifreddi, mathematician, science writer and essayist: “We are immersed in science every day: we communicate, work and carry out many activities only thanks to devices that are his children. The anti-Covid vaccines themselves are the result of scientific knowledge. Yet there is still a strong and anachronistic resistance towards these disciplines “.
We live in an era in which knowledge is constantly expanding; on the one hand this leads to the definitive extinction of the figure of the “all-rounder”, which has long been anachronistic, instead favoring highly specialized figures in a specific sector; on the other hand, however, it favors those who are able to have “interdisciplinary” skills, are also endowed with “lateral vision”, also possess those skills of organization, planning and communication (the so-called “soft skills” which in reality, as we shall see, both reading are not, but weigh heavily on the success of any activity) that facilitate, stimulate and make effective interactions with areas other than the one in which he is educated; this in order to avoid the emergence of “islands of knowledge” which, by hindering if not preventing the exchange of information, risk slowing down the progress and evolution of society. High level of competence in a specific area, therefore, but the ability to interrelate with other disciplines, so as to provide and receive stimuli for constant professional and personal growth.
We also analyze what has happened and is happening due to the Covid-19 pandemic: to guarantee health protection and avoid the uncontrolled spread of the virus, we have all been forced to change not only our habits, but also the ways in which we now we carry out (and will continue to carry out for some time) our activities, be they work or play. Meetings “in presence” are increasingly rare and, even when they do occur, we find ourselves with our faces half hidden by a mask; email, videoconferencing (or teleconferencing) and chat have become the predominant means of communication. All this has almost suddenly eliminated all the possibilities of “non-verbal” communication that we were used to and on which we relied, perhaps unconsciously, heavily: a smile, a look of approval or warning, the use of the tone of voice to underline or resize a concept, body posture and so on are difficult to use from behind a mask or through an email. Yet analogous effects can also be created through the new methods, in order to know their etiquette and techniques; this is why I wrote above that “soft skills” are not so light: industry experts continue to emphasize that the success or failure of an operation largely depends on non-verbal communication.
Then there is the need to become familiar with the new tools that technology makes available to us to make up for the impossibility of “sitting around a table”.
No less important is the ability to learn how to manage one’s time, working, family and personal, when the three dimensions are forced to coexist in a single space.
Placed in any precise context, the statement “one is worth one” becomes absolutely meaningless (assuming it has one); what counts is those who have a thorough knowledge of the context itself, or are equipped with the tools to master it, or who know how to use them best who is prepared to grasp the changes and is ready to adapt to them. Paraphrasing the great Charles Darwin: “whoever adapts faster to change is successful”; to obtain this result you cannot improvise, you have to be prepared and training must be continuous.
It is on the basis of all these considerations that it is surprising how, even today, little space and little weight is given to training, whether specialized or not.
Skills updating, learning how to use new tools and new technologies are topics that are treated lightly and not demanded either by companies or by their collaborators. Yet, we have such a wide range of learning channels at our disposal that we can truly provide or take advantage of a “tailor-made” training, tailored to everyone’s needs, both in terms of time available and personal characteristics in the acquisition of information.
Continuing education is a term that describes a variety of learning activities and methods. For example, on the one hand, there are courses and certifications that allow you to further develop skills and knowledge in specific areas for your career or profession. On the other hand, there are much simpler activities such as reading or participating in seminars. There is no right or wrong option. The real goal is to figure out which option works best for each and how to apply it to daily life.
Continuing education allows those who want to increase their career to become more qualified in order to progress to higher levels within their profession or organization to which they belong. But it is also able to give the confidence boost you need and serve as the basis for the next step you want to take in a given area of knowledge.
PL3 & Partners invests heavily in the training, not only in the SAP field, of its collaborators. In this way we are not only able to be ready for new technological solutions on the market, but also to equip ourselves with all the necessary tools, soft skills, which make us competitive in facing new challenges.
PL3 & Partners, does not offer only theoretical expertise: what we propose is exactly what we use firsthand. Over the years, in addition to having developed a strong collaboration with the SAP Academy, we have identified a series of valid companies specialized in providing knowledge and skills in the main areas useful for good professional and personal growth, using the most different methodologies, so to meet everyone’s needs and possibilities.
PL3 & Partners is therefore the ideal partner also to identify the best solution for the training courses of companies, being able to intervene directly in the case of specific SAP training, supporting its partners in identifying the growth path, the training structure to use, the objectives and their measurement.
As usual, we are not looking for the ideal solution, but for the ideal solution for you.
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