Con­tin­u­ous learn­ing through e-learn­ing

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORKING PEOPLE -

Amer­i­can writer An­thony J. D'An­gelo once said, "De­velop a pas­sion for learn­ing. If you do, you will never cease to grow."

This is some­thing that ev­ery grad­u­at­ing col­lege stu­dents should bear in mind. It is never a guar­an­tee that suc­cess will come along the way to ev­ery­one who have a diploma. A big­ger truth is that each one of us, whether young or old, should con­tinue to strive to be bet­ter and learn new things be­cause no mat­ter how fast the world changes, the op­por­tu­ni­ties for devel­op­ment are end­less.

In this era of tech-savvy dig­i­tal na­tives, just about ev­ery hu­man need can now be de­liv­ered by tech­nol­ogy--- from meet­ing new friends (and fu­ture spouses) to shop­ping and or­der­ing meals to do­ing busi­ness with other peo­ple--with just a few clicks on our mo­bile phones.

There are a lot of peo­ple who even found ca­reers online like vir­tual as­sis­tants Jem Al­varado and Mitch Cortez Carvalho. The in­ter­net has been a great medium for them to learn in­de­pen­dently and earn at the same time. And there's no need for them to choose be­tween ca­reer and fam­ily.

Tech blog­ger Raffy Pe­dra­jita con­fessed he learned to use the in­ter­net to make his life easy and earn de­cent money to pay the rent and bills while at home. Other blog­gers also shared the ben­e­fits they gained through online learn­ing. Marc Teng said more than the tech­ni­cal skills, learn­ing the art of net­work­ing helped him suc­ceed in this in­dus­try. Denise Sarmiento ad­mit­ted that she is a non-techie per­son but was able learn tech­ni­cal as­pects of work­ing online through the help of crowd sourc­ing via so­cial me­dia. Chel Inu­mer­able added that if one is pa­tient enough to learn, he will def­i­nitely reap what he sow.

Mom­preneur Mary Jane Dionela dis­cov­ered e-com­merce and is proud that she is able to sus­tain the fam­ily needs while spend­ing quality time with them. Mar­gaux He­mady-Ranosa who main­tains a kids apparel online shop sec­onded and shared that she was able to cover dif­fer­ent parts of the Philip­pines and even the world through the in­ter­net.

Ed­u­ca­tion has fol­lowed suit with e-learn­ing or online learn­ing. In the Philip­pines, e-learn­ing is said to be an emerg­ing busi­ness sec­tor that has been part of the busi­ness pro­cesses out­sourc­ing sec­tor for the last decade, tak­ing a frac­tion of the Philip­pines' $20 bil­lion in­dus­try.

We asked work­ing peo­ple from var­i­ous in­dus­tries and be­low are their re­sponses to the ques­tion: "What have you learned online that made an im­pact in your ca­reer?"

Anne Tiangco, pub­lic re­la­tions head. Be­ing ex­posed to di­ver­sity. There are mil­lions of peo­ple on the In­ter­net with dif­fer­ent views, dif­fer­ent stands, dif­fer­ent po­si­tions but at the end of the day, it's up to you to em­brace pos­i­tiv­ity amidst di­ver­sity or get wal­lowed in a sea of nega­tiv­ity. Your choice is just a click away.

Jeng Bauto, senior op­er­a­tions man­ager. The in­ter­net has been my source of best pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to ev­ery sit­u­a­tion in the work­place - be it on man­ag­ing be­hav­iors, im­ple­ment­ing guide­lines on new and ex­ist­ing projects, adapt­able in­cen­tives to the de­mands of to­day's work­force, and the tech­nolo­gies that put the busi­ness way ahead of com­pe­ti­tion - name it, it's there.

David D'An­gelo, Sr. web­site de­signer. When our web devel­oper left I had to pick up the job. With zero knowl­edge, I learned how to set-up a web­site through e-learn­ing.

Nancy May Fran­cisco-Lu­ga­ti­man, re­cruit­ment/ com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant. In­ter­net made me al­ways in­for­ma­tion-ready and more pro-ac­tive in my work. It helps pro­vide the leads or the info I need to de­liver bet­ter in my job.

Renz De Je­sus Al­can­tara, con­ver­sion spe­cial­ist. I learned about search en­gine op­ti­miza­tion (SEO) and search en­gine mar­ket­ing (SEM) back in 2009 and it has been the start­ing point of my ca­reer as a work-at-home mom or WAHM. I ba­si­cally learned all my skills online too and it has honedme to be­come an ef­fi­cient online worker.

Kisty Mea, Il­lus­tra­tor. Thanks to the In­ter­net, I've learned that any­thing is pos­si­ble. There are so many won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties out there and all you have to do is choose which path to take, give your 100%, and be kind to ev­ery­one you meet.

Ralph Huer­tas, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. With the in­ter­net's seam­less fea­ture, I've learned that op­por­tu­ni­ties are ev­ery­where, all you need to do is har­ness your core skills and per­se­vere to ex­cel.

Hana Abello, Team Leader. I have taught my­self so­cial me­dia when I was start­ing out in the in­dus­try through var­i­ous online cour­ses, and this is a small feat com­pared to those who have taught them­selves how to play an in­stru­ment or learned es­sen­tial life skills through the power of the in­ter­net.

Roselle Car­los-Toledo, as­so­ciate edi­tor. I've learned that there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn and earn. I would have been stuck in my of­fice cu­bi­cle as an ac­coun­tant un­til now had I not de­cided to take a life-al­ter­ing de­ci­sion in 2008.

Grace Bon­dad Ni­co­las, en­gi­neer. Good brand­ing, con­sis­tency and be as­so­ci­ated with lead­ers. Learn the art of re­mov­ing the noises online and just fo­cus on the ob­jec­tive of help­ing oth­ers to be suc­cess­ful.

Earth Rul­lan, Problog­ger and En­abler. The in­ter­net made it pos­si­ble for stay at home moms to be­come work-at-home-moms. Be it through be­ing a con­tent provider, an online store owner, vir­tual as­sis­tant and more. All you need is good con­nec­tion and there goes your vir­tual of­fice.

Resly Ge­orge Amador, web ad­min. I learned about so­cial me­dia and web­site de­sign­ing which are ac­tu­ally the knowl­edge I needed in my cur­rent job.

Josephine Bon­sol, mas­ter teacher 2. I learned more about learn­ers' pref­er­ences and the vast online learn­ing re­sources fa­cil­i­tat­ing lan­guage learn­ing and cam­pus jour­nal­ism in class­room be­cause of so­cial me­dia

Marco Polo Jan­toc Demo, com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor. I learned two things--- to search and to ex­e­cute. Online is a good av­enue to learn new things but it's up to you if you use it or not. For me, I did and gave me a new path to take.

Cristal Mara­mag, dig­i­tal of­fi­cer cod­ing. I learned how to pro­gram and it en­hances my cod­ing skills us­ing dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming lan­guages, i.e. php, java, etc.

Ab­del Sab­dani, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing. The in­ter­net made a com­mu­nity where peo­ple can be eas­ily ac­cessed, com­mu­ni­cated and maketed. In one click I can choose my au­di­ence and my tar­get mar­ket, some­thing that I can­not ex­e­cute in an in­stance with B2B trans­ac­tions.

In the Philip­pines, the Asian In­sti­tute of Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment (AIHRM) has part­nered with Ce­gos, a world leader in eLearn­ing ed­u­ca­tion, in set­ting-up an e-learn­ing por­tal of award-win­ning, ready-made, ped­a­gog­i­cally sound, pro­fes­sional e-learn­ing mod­ules for man­agers and teams.

AIHRM is the train­ing arm of the Peo­ple Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (PMAP), the premier or­ga­ni­za­tion of peo­ple man­agers and HR prac­ti­tion­ers in the coun­try. PMAP has agreed with Ce­gos to carry and mar­ket in the coun­try around 200 multi-lan­guage e-learn­ing mod­ules on the fol­low­ing main area of ex­per­tise: Man­age­ment; Lead­er­ship; Per­sonal Ef­fec­tive­ness, Sales; Project Man­age­ment; Mar­ket­ing and in­no­va­tion; and Fi­nance. For more in­for­ma­tion you may visit aihrm.pmap.org.ph, call 7261532 or email pmap@pmap.org.ph.

In­deed, through ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy and peo­ple con­nec­tiv­ity, e-learn­ing helps var­i­ous busi­nesses dis­pense in­for­ma­tion quickly, cost-ef­fi­ciently, and con­sis­tently.

One good way of look­ing at the ad­van­tages that e-learn­ing brings is how Blair Vil­lanueva, whose job ti­tle is Mil­len­nial Con­sul­tant, de­scribes her ex­pe­ri­ence. She said, "I've learn that there are many win­dows, doors and grand gates of op­por­tu­ni­ties online. All you have to do is to pick and learn the ways. The only bound­aries are your own lim­its."

Richard Ma­muyac is the Head of the L&D De­part­ment of the Peo­ple Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (PMAP), the premier or­ga­ni­za­tion of HR prac­ti­tion­ers and peo­ple man­agers in the coun­try. To con­tact PMAP, you may call 7261532, email pmap@pmap.org.ph, visit www.pmap.org.ph or like www.fb.com/PMAP1956.

RAM­BLING RICHARDMAMUYAC

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