While it may sound strange, embracing your inner child and playing games can help you further your career.
“Gamifying the learning process through interactive activities, such as motivational flash cards and role-play exercises, can transform routine job training into an engaging and enjoyable experience,” said Matthew Warzel, president of Jobs at MJW in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“By introducing an element of fun and competition, people are more likely to be motivated and actively participate in the learning process, leading to higher retention and better performance.”
Games are considered enjoyable activities “so they open us up on a positive note and create possibilities for us to enjoy the unexpected and the learning journey,” he said. julie flandersfounder and CEO of Two Circles Crossing, a counseling and consulting agency based in Kent, Conn.
Later, learn about rewarding games, from online tools to role-playing exercises, to adopt in the workplace.
“Khoot! is an online learning platform that offers a variety of game-based learning activities, including quizzes, surveys and discussions,” explained Arthur Worsley, UK-based career advisor and founder of the Art of living.
“Users can create their own Kahoot! games or choose from thousands of pre-made games on a wide range of topics. In each game, players compete to answer questions correctly and earn points, with a leaderboard showing the best.”
Khoot! It can be used to teach a range of topics from sales training to soft skills development, and for activities ranging from product training to team building, with the competitive element ensuring learners remain engaged and motivated.
Starting at $10 per month.
quizlet It’s not just for school kids to memorize SAT words.
“Quizlet is a free online learning tool that allows you to create flashcards, quizzes, and other study materials to help you master various topics,” Warzel said, adding that you can browse existing study sets created by other users or create your own. own studio. materials using text, images and audio.
In addition, “Quizlet also offers interactive games and study modes that make learning more engaging, such as a matching game or a race mode where you have to answer questions as quickly as possible.”
Users can use Quizlet for tasks like studying for a certification exam, improving their language skills and learning new concepts in their field, according to Warzel.
Free; QuizletPlus starting at $2.99 per month.
If you are thinking of learning a new language or brushing up on your language skills in general, Duolingo is for you. Covers Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Yiddish, Zulu, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Haitian Creole, and more.
“The app offers a variety of interactive activities, including listening exercises, speaking exercises and mini-games,” Worsley said, emphasizing the gamification aspect of the app, which sees users earn points and compete against others as they go. in his studies.
“Learning a new language can be a valuable skill for professionals in a variety of industries, and Duolingo makes it fun and accessible,” he added.
Warzel also shared that language skills are becoming increasingly valuable in many career fields and can “open up new opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Free; super duolingo from $7 per month.
the future is yours
New for 2023, this game that prints from a PDF is designed to help people of all ages “think like a futurist.”
Players can choose to enter business or career mode, and from there they can select or be randomly assigned a sample career (for example, a lawyer or marketing genius) or a business such as a bank, a retail store or a real estate company.
From there, you’ll come up with a game plan for the future and draw a series of cards that will present you with challenges such as layoffs, labor shortages, cyberattacks, or supply chain issues.
the future is yours It comes with blank template cards that you can edit and print to introduce any business, career, or challenge you can think of for your game.
The game was designed by futurist and keynote speaker Scott Steinberg as “a training and education system disguised as a game for people who don’t normally play games, and an opportunity to extend our teaching and knowledge far beyond the day of events or programs.” in the place.”
Free for schools and students; $19.99 for others.
it’s not my problem anymore
This group exercise involves interactive work with teammates to solve problems creatively. To play, start with each person writing something they consider a challenge. The individual player then introduces it to the group for boarding.
“The group is then asked to come up with a terrible idea to solve the problem, an obvious idea to solve the problem, and a creative or original idea to solve the problem,” Flanders said.
So, you will be solving a problem, in three ways.
“It’s a fun way to learn and helps provide different scenarios for the group to experience as well as expose new perspectives,” Flanders said. “Each person involved is as much involved in revealing a problem as they are in reacting to someone else’s problem.”