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Global Business School & Research Centre

Guest Session on Willingness to learn

Thursday, August 08, 2019 |Global Business School & Research Centre, Tathawade, Pune |Guest Lecture

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Agarwalvisited Global Business and School Research Centre on 08th August, 2019 to conduct a session ‘Willingness to Learn’

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Agarwal isworking as a Regional Director of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India– Western India Regional Council since 1st Feb, 2018. He has worked as Directorof ICSI – Centre for Corporate Governance, Research, and training from 4th July2104 – 31st Jan 2018. He has a rich work experience of 6 yrs as AssociateProfessor (Pune University).

He commenced the session bygiving an introduction to how an Individual can adapt to the process oflearning. Where he stated that willingness to learn expresses the human desire,cheerfully consenting or readiness to know new things and to improve oneself.In the business aspect, willingness to learn means a personwho wants to be more qualified and wants to be up to date with changes andtendencies in the professional area.

Being motivated to learnnew skills is the attribute executives say is most critical for employeeslooking to get ahead.


Moving Forward heelaborated the point on five career-advancement tips wherein he divided thestudents into 10 groups and gave them a case study to think and discuss upon,the learning points came out as:-

1. Get involved: Joining industryassociations is a good way to learn new skills and keep up to date on thetrends affecting one’s profession.

2. Volunteer: Volunteering for anonprofit organization can help enhance skills. In addition, these types ofexperiences provide opportunities to grow and learn.

3. Keep learning: Earning an advanceddegree or certification is a good way to demonstrate the employer’s willingnessto continue learning new skills. It also helps cement to expertise within thefield.

4. Hone your communicationskills: When communicating inthe workplace, it is important to observe body language, make eye contact andlisten fully to what the other person is saying. When speaking to importantaudiences, it can also be helpful to rehearse what one is going to say. Thosewho need to work on their public speaking should consider joining aprofessional organization like Toastmasters.

5. Think long term: People always want tothink about the big picture. This type of mindset can help them in making morestrategic decisions and put in a better position to get ahead.

Lastly, he concludedsaying, 

· Good learners arecurious. ...

· They pursue understandingdiligently. ...

· Recognize that a lot oflearning is fun. ...

· Failure frightens goodlearners, but they know it's beneficial. ...

· Good learners makeknowledge of their own. ...

· They never run out ofquestions. ...

· Nevertheless they sharewhat they've learned.