My journey at IBM – Part II.: Learning opportunities

There is a site in IBMs intranet, called YourLearning and it is about what its name suggests.

There are very few things you, whoever you are, have to know about me. One of these is that I’m a knowledge junkie. I need to learn something new every day, and I need to expand the boundaries of my knowledge on daily basis. If it doesn’t happen, then I’m getting frustrated which is not good.

Again, I had preconceptions about IBM. I worked for a few multinational companies so far, all of them told me that they support learning, but there was a catch. There are no enough licenses, a subscription only for the crappiest learning site, or begging for a book costs 20 USD endless time so eventually you bought it for yourself. So, I started to browse IBM’s Your Learning site having the experience above in my head. And, suprise, I was wrong, again. Very wrong.

Just browsing the content I found thousands of available materials in multiple topics including every role available in a huge organization like IBM. Ok, sounds valid. After that I found a book and click… I was redirected to Safari Books. My heart almost jumped out from my chest! High quality technical books for whatever the hell you want to do in technical field! Because, I work for IBM I have access to this, and it is free.

Later as I got more familiar with the portal I found the learning sources section. Harward Business Publishing. It is the same in business/management field as Safari Books in technical field. Moreover, it is primary source for business literature. All the new stuff published here. In their digital library all the HBR articles are available.

Beside the two above, and the other I haven’t discovered yet, the portal helps you to track your progress in learning. Whatever you learned will be part of your profile and history, and you’ll get badges.

All in all, in my onboarding process I watch a video where Ginny Rometty talked about a journey in IBM where learning is essential. That time I had only the preconception I described above, now just scratching the surface of Your Learning portal I start to understand that IBM takes seriously learning. It points back to my expereince during interview process. With these resources I lot can be achieved…

And there are more I haven’t discovered yet.

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