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Education – It’s Not Just A Phase

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What do you think of when you talk about education? Is it a classroom full of teenagers learning about Moby Dick? A bunch of well-dressed university students swapping ideas and changing the world? A person up at 3am slaving over a thesis?

Whatever it is, it’s limited. When people think about learning, they think about children taking tests or fresh out of high school uni students sitting in a lecture hall. People think about education as something you have to put aside your whole life to do, or something you do before you even start living.

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The problem with thinking of education as a phase you go through is that people who high school or university or TAFE and think ‘That’s it! Unless I want to watch a doco, that’s all of my learning done!’

Apprenticeships – with a learning on the job attitude and no barrier between work and education – are a bit better but honestly, if you talk to cadet journalists or apprentice electricians, a lot of them don’t consider themselves capital-W working yet.

This idea that there’s Work and there’s Education and a big wall in between has got to go. Not only is it harmful, it’s untrue. At WME we’re learning at work every day, and I bet you are too. Whether it’s that ‘satellite’ doesn’t have two A’s in it (my bad), or finding out exactly who clients’ customers are and what they value, we’re gathering little bits and pieces of information every time we walk in the front door.

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Keep sharing, keep learning, keep growing

We’re lucky to work in a nurturing environment, but anyone can tap into it if they go to the right place. Collective Campus is a community of people in the Melbourne CBD who want to make collaborative learning accessible to everyone. Their upcoming Summer Bootcamp is a great example of people with different skill-sets and from different industries coming together to learn as equals.

Collective Campus is an innovation hub that tries to make it easy for creatives bursting with ideas to find an outlet for them. Their workshops and programs encourage people to bring their own ideas to the table and use the room as an incubator, taking the idea from a ‘what if’ to a deployable business plan or strategy.

If you’ve never tried shared space learning before, or simply want to get a bit more perspective on the social media and startup landscape, their Summer School is a great place to start. Working in partnership with WME, Collective Campus is offering people 10 percent off their ticket price with the code ‘WMEGroup’ until January 25.

Underpinning every class in the Summer School is the idea that you’re not a finished product. Learning isn’t a cocoon you emerge from, or some upgrade process. Think of it as exercise you do to keep fit. You’re never finished running or swimming or lifting or cycling, so why would you ever be finished learning?

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 10% OFF THE COLLECTIVE CAMPUS’S SUMMER SCHOOL.

ENTER ‘WMEGROUP’ AT THE CHECKOUT NOW.

Now drop and give me 20.

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By Christopher Best


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