There’s no one way to learn. This is especially true for professionals in the workplace who approach learning with unique motivations and needs. Some might prefer learning alone, while others welcome the direction of more traditional teaching. Common to all workplace learners, though, is that when companies embrace their distinct learning styles, it creates an engaging and successful learning experience for all involved.

Udemy surveyed 12,000 global learners to uncover what makes each learner tick. Through this research, we identified five common learner profiles, each with its own approach to motivation, mindset, and definition of success. In this article, we look at the Emerging Learner, someone likely earlier in their career, changing careers, or acquiring skills in an unfamiliar topic. 

The Emerging Learner’s approach to learning

Emerging Learners are establishing confidence in their capabilities and are less likely than other colleagues to seek out learning opportunities proactively. They appreciate clear direction and defined outcomes when starting on a learning journey. Learning is a serious endeavor for Emerging Learners, as they want to use their new skills to boost the confidence their manager and team have in them. 

How Emerging Learners like to learn

The Emerging Learner values structured learning experiences where others explain materials to them — similar to traditional classroom settings where extended periods of time are dedicated to learning with a teacher. Feedback is best received at the end of a learning program so that the Emerging Learner feels confident they have a solid foundation in the topic and are ready to build on that by taking action on feedback. 

How to help Emerging Learners thrive

Emerging Learners may require more guidance and support at the start of a learning program. If this profile relates to you, discuss the following learning design principles created to help Emerging Learners flourish with your manager:

Emerging Learners are excited to take on challenges and appreciate guidance from leaders as they boost their confidence in new skills. By understanding this learning style and those of others, we can create a culture rooted in growth.

Curious about other learning styles? Explore more on the Devoted, Social, Confident, and Practical Learners. 

Learning styles shape learning outcomes

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