Chapter 15

Learning on the Job

Ellen Van Velsor

In This Chapter

  • What people learn from job experiences.
  • How they learn from these work-related events.
  • Why learning from experience can be difficult.
  • What can be done to enhance the potential for learning on the job.


When people consider how learning and development take place, they tend to think of formal training and to look to these kinds of classroom or e-based opportunities as benefits and as necessities. But when we ask people to describe the most important learning experiences of their careers, these kinds of experiences typically do not take center stage. The learning that sticks ...

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