Everyone learns in different ways. Could your learning style influence your career choice?
Apprenticeships are all about learning and gaining real-world experience. But if you’re in a workplace that doesn’t match how your brain takes in information you may find it very difficult to learn things and retain them in your memory.
This is why you should take into consideration how you learn best, and what sectors/jobs would be best suited to you. If you know exactly what you want to do in your career, you’ll probably find that the sector you’ve chosen will come under your learning style. If you’re not sure what you want to do, looking at this list may give you an idea of what you’ll find easiest to learn, and the most enjoyable.
Auditory learners are people that learn best when talking to a colleague/tutor, or by being played a voice recording. The key here is communication, they may have trouble with reading, and writing tasks, but when it comes to interaction and learning on the job (phone work, sales…), they excel because that’s most likely what they feel most comfortable doing.
If you’re an auditory learner, you should consider a career that requires face to face or mobile interaction and conversation. It is estimated that 30% of the population are auditory learners.
Sectors where an auditory learner may excel, are:
In a customer service role, you are constantly communicating with people and these are largely customers of the business that you work for. Aside from a receptionist, or someone working in hospitality, this is one of the most sociable job roles just based on the sheer amount of people you talk to on a daily basis.
Like customer service, in a business administrartion role there is a lot of communicating over the phone. A lot of the training would be also be done face to face, or, by a script that you are given. Either way, in this job role you would be talking to a lot of people on a daily basis. Not just in the training phase.
When working in a hospitality role, you could potentially be interacting with hundreds of people each day. It’s the perfect job if you are a sociable person. And everything you need to learn for most of the job roles will be taught face to face.
Depending on what age child you’re looking after, they may not be able to talk. But you’re still interacting with young people day in, day out. Also, in the mornings and at pick up times you’ll be interacting with the parents that come and collect their children.
In some cases, this sector is similar to childcare, in the sense that you’ll be spending all day looking after people. And you’ll be interacting with those who are coming to visit the older ones you’ve been looking after.
Visual-spatial learners learn best when looking at charts, watching demonstrations, videos and other visual aids and materials. They pay attention to things they can watch, and they can easily visualise faces and places by using their imagination which is usually quite active. Visual-linguistic ones learn through reading and writing tasks. They can remember what has been written down, even if they only read it once, and they often write down directions and pay attention to lectures if they are able to watch them. If you’re a visual learner you’re probably pretty great when it comes to solving puzzles too. It’s estimated that 65% of the population are visual learners, so you sit in the majority. Do you do any of these things?
Sectors where a visual learner may excel, are:
Being a hands-on sector, this of course will accommodate visual learners. Everything you learn will either be read from a book, from watching a video, or most commonly, from watching someone else do it and then copying them afterwards. Also, a mechanic needs the ability to visually inspect vehicles and identify issues where repairs and replacement parts may be required.
This sector is incredibly similar to the automotive sector in the sense that they’re both mechanical and most of the learning will be completed through practical tuition at a college or in a workshop at the workplace, or by reading instructions in a manual or watching a video tutorial.
When initially learning to cut/style hair, or how to apply make-up, you’ll most likely either be watching somebody else do it or watching video tutorials in order to learn the correct techniques. Once you have a basic idea of what you’re doing, most of the learning will be done physically, but that is more Kinesthetic learning.
To become the best manager you can, part of the process may be watching leadership webinars, as well as writing reports and visualising data brought into you by your team. You'd also be managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resolving problems. This may be one of the most visual learning experieces.
The reason why this is a visual learning style is in the name… ‘Graphic’. All the learning and work in this role is visual. Most of the learning will be done with the aid of video tutorials, and the actual work is completed on a computer. Everything is visually learnt. So if you’re 100% a visual learner and worker, this is definitely the most visual sector of them all.
Again, similar to the automotive sector and boatbuilding/marine engineering, all the initial learning will be done by watching a tutor, a video, or reading from a manual. An engineer must able to see a design from all angles, and then visualize how that part would fit together with the other parts of the system. Engineers must be able to read and integrate specifications and tolerances into their design. It’s an incredibly visual role.
Kinesthetic learners always need movement to be able to focus. They’re the ones who are always taking notes when listening, even if it’s just for the sake of moving their hands. If there is no movement involved with what they’re listening to/concentrating on, they tend to lose interest very quickly. When reading, they will scan the content first before taking an in-depth look at the material (being familiar with the big picture before understanding all the details). Sometimes they’ll use colour highlighters, and they’ll most definitely take notes by drawing pictures, diagrams, or doodling.
If any of this seems to describe yourself, it’s likely you’ll need some kind of engagement and action with the world around you to learn. You may also blossom in a task inspired environment. The percentage of the world who are kinesthetic learners is the smallest percentage out of the three learning styles, sitting at just 5%.
Sectors where a kinesthetic learner may excel, are:
This is the main aspect of an automotive role. Even though it does involve a lot of visual learning, most of the progress you’ll make will be by getting your hands dirty. You also can’t complete any tasks on the job without being physical!
Just like automotive, you can’t complete any tasks in this industry without doing physical work. It’s the main part of the job role, and it’s where you’ll make the most progress as time goes on! This applies both in boatbuilding, and in marine engineering.
You can’t learn to cut hair, without cutting hair! The same goes for beauty. Any of the tasks you complete in the job role require physical work. In this role that’s the only way you can learn and make any progress.
Even though most of this role is auditory, there are still certain aspects that require physical work to learn. Such as, bartending, assisting with food, and housekeeper.
Obviously, the engineering sector is going to require physical work. Especially if you have the role of a machinist. You’d be creating parts within strict tolerances, which requires experience and strong muscle memory. If you had trouble managing an hour in a seat when you were in school, this could be a nice change of direction for your career.
This role is strictly physical. You can only learn but getting your hands dirty and getting stuck in. If you don’t want to be stuck behind a desk for your career then this is most definitely the right direction for you, and your future.
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