How learning can stay alive throughout life: TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning at the Human Resource Management Congress

Why do we want to pursue the approach of lifelong learning – and how can we promote it? At the Human Resources Management Congress 2021, this was discussed by HR managers at the digital panel “Learning for the digital transformation” of the TUM Institute for LifeLong as part of the TUM Learning Festival 2021. Claudia Paul-Helten, Director Networking at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), moderated the session.

In his keynote speech, which preceded the panel, Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar advocated learning not in spite of the pandemic, but with (“con Covid”), shaping change and dealing with it in coexistence. In combination with the central topics of sustainability and climate change, this results in an “exciting mix,” explained the internationally recognized economist, Founding Dean and representative of the president of the TUM Campus Heilbronn.

Lifelong learning becomes the new normal

According to him, the “new normal” also means that people’s productivity time is expanding due to longer working lives. In this situation, he said, it is important to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital transformation, to keep trying out new things and to enjoy the practice of self-transformation. This would result, for example, in different leadership behavior, but also in the shifting of activities within occupational groups. The more confidence grows in artificial intelligence activities, the more opportunities would arise to confidently shape the future with its help.

Olivia Pita-Gonzalez (c) Santander

In this context, Olivia Pita-Gonzalez of the Santander bank highlights the ethical question of the professional future of many employees whose jobs will be transformed, for example, by the practice of the platform economy in banking. “It is a challenge to prepare people for this.” This requires a good exchange among each other – especially in times when colleagues rarely meet and are collaborating remotely.


Learning also means making mistakes

Birgit Oßendorf-Will (c) Ströer

Birgit Oßendorf-Will, Ströer, a company which is active in the marketing of online and outdoor advertising, sees this process already in full swing in her company. She attaches importance to the fact that mistakes are also allowed to be made while learning, so that something changes for the future. “We want to do pilot projects, test whether something works – and if it doesn’t, then we change the whole thing. That’s how a different, new creativity emerges.”

The fact that this procedure can be exhausting should be addressed openly, emphasizes Jessica Richter, Infineon Technologies. Infineon has had good experiences with one-hour learning impulses on specific topics – following the mantra: “What you need to know about hybrid leadership now.

TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning supports with learning formats

The impulses from the various faculties of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning are perceived as important inspiration by all panel participants in the context of learning for the digital transformation.

Jessica Richter (c) Infineon

“Our talents benefit from contact with science and research, which is often not possible otherwise in day-to-day business,” reports Birgit Oßendorf-Will from Ströer. At Infineon, scientific input from TUM is woven into leadership development, says Jessica Richter. Olivia Pita-Gonzalez appreciates TUM’s solutions and ideas, which have enabled many new digital formats at Santander Bank.

All participants agreed that the implementation of digital technologies in everyday working life still poses a number of hurdles. The “new normal” still needs to gain structure, for example in the design of digital encounters: How much privacy is allowed in video conferences? How can hybrid conferences be designed so that everyone feels equally included? According to Professor Krcmar, individual answers must be found for these questions.

Learning from Leaders: New event series as part of the TUM Learning Festival 2021

From October 11th on, we are welcoming Harald Krüger, Managing Director and Founder, KC&C Consult & Connect GmbH, Petra Scharner-Wolff, Member of the Executive Board of the Otto Group, and Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies back at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning: As part of the TUM Learning Festival, we are very pleased that the three experts will each be guests once again in the unique event series “Learning from Leaders”. Register here for the individual events.

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