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Elliott Masie’s 30 Under Thirty: Interview with Becca Buckner

Fifth in our series of 30 Under Thirty interviews is Becca Buckner, Training & Development Specialist for Carhartt, Inc.

Maestro: Tell me a little bit about your company and role within it.

Becca: Carhartt, Inc. is a mid-size, privately held apparel manufacturer and retailer, which was founded in 1889. Our company is dedicated to providing high-quality, durable work-wear and accompanying accessories to the hardworking person.   As a Training & Development Specialist, I assist our Carhartt Associates with their growth and development throughout the company.  I design, develop, facilitate, and evaluate various learning opportunities within the organization – such as instructor-led programs, computer-based programs, job aids, and quick snip-bits of online content.   I work with all levels of the organization – helping associates at all levels grow and develop their skills.

Maestro: Tell me about some of the things you are doing to stay current in the world of learning.

Becca: To stay current in the world of learning, I am continuously reading – I read business books, articles, and online resources.  Many of these online resources are quick to read, so I find time every day to learn something new and interesting.  I also reach out to my network of other learning professionals for advice and information – many of these individuals I met at the Learning 2013 event, including several of the 30 under 30 group members that I’ve remained connected.

Maestro: What challenges do you see for the next generation of learning leaders - people like you?

Becca: I think one of our biggest challenges in the learning community is keeping our learning methods relevant.  Employees want quick, mobile methods to learn new skills and information.  However, many organizations aren’t ready for that transition yet.  As a learning community we need to make sure we’re creating the type of learning options that employees will use while still keeping them relevant.  Learning opportunities need to be both effective and engaging – we need to focus on what ‘engaging’ means to learners today.

Maestro: What excites you about the future of learning?

Becca: The learning environment today is going through a transformation and I’m excited to be a part of that.  I believe the future of learning will make learning opportunities that are more personal to each employee while utilizing the available technology.  I’m excited to create new and interesting learning opportunities for our associates that will assist them with their career development.  I’m also excited to use various technology resources to make learning more at the finger-tips of our associates and a true ‘experience’ within the organization rather than a series of ‘programs’. 

Maestro: What advice do you have for companies struggling to keep up with the changing landscape of learning?

Becca: Employees want to grow and develop – they want to learn.  If you’re not providing them with options, they’ll find organizations that are willing to put time and effort into their growth.  So, I would suggest that companies struggling to keep up with the changing landscape to reach out to learning professional at organizations that are succeeding.  Find out what’s making them successful and then adapt it to your organization.  Dedicate resources to creating a successful learning environment because overall it will help your business achieve its goals.

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