The purpose: Knowledge gives birth to Value
06:25 am on 2013-09-28
Why do you learn? How do you determine if your learning effort is worthwhile? And it isn't just about certificates or even the practical stuff alone. Is it knowledge that matters? Can you use the skills to make a difference, to make significant impact? Love technology but a slavish mentality won't do. For example, is all technology useful and relevant? Technology is not a "cure-all". Knowledge must add value. Otherwise what is the point? What does your knowledge of Java do for you and for others? Yes you can do more, but which barriers have been broken with your additional knowledge? Ability alone can only take you so far. Is your know-how the only purpose?
The question is: will your expertise make you more valuable? Can you use the knowledge and skills to solve problems and provide solutions that matter? It is the persistent question of the value in knowledge. Value means you and other stakeholders in your community must benefit from what you hold. Value is not a theoretical concept. It must add to others in a significant manner. Do your skills and knowledge make you, your clients and employers more productive, efficient and profitable? Feed your brain and remove all limits. It's an upward value push. Learning moves you from being a consumer to being an IT creator, to being a driver of IT developments.
How obvious is the value proposition you offer? Is your web development expertise enabling better customer connections? Has your wireless networking expertise been employed to improve business processes? Is the improved security of the new creative online solution based on your information protection skills?
Our slogan promoting empowerment is More Knowledge! More Power! But your knowledge is your power only when you use such knowledge to add value. In reality your value, not just your knowledge is your power. Expertise must translate to value. Your certifications are great. But you must come with more than qualifications.
The question you should ask yourself as you embark on that training program is: "how will I use the knowledge I acquire to create value"? At the end of the day, what are you bringing to the table?
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
Advisory Support and Consulting