Mentor in a structured on-the-job training: the new kid on the block?

How do we learn all the things we know? How do we learn all the things we know how to do our job?

Is it only by attending training sessions or by going to school? We might be tempted to say “yes”, as schools, universities and other similar institutions were specially created for this purpose.

Is it by watching others doing things and then carefully imitating them? We might say “yes” as well, as we can remember situations in which we acquired a skill through careful observation and imitation.

However, it is believed that 70% of our knowledge comes from practical experiences (learning by doing), 20% from interaction with others (observation, imitation) and only 10% from formal educational events.

Read more: Is the 70:20:10 learning model right for your organization?

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