These fun, educational activities will boost your career, say the professionals
While it may sound strange, embracing your inner child and playing games may very well help advance your career.
said Matthew Warzel, president of the company MJW Jobs In Wilmington, North Carolina.
“By introducing an element of fun and competition, individuals are more motivated and actively involved in the learning process, which leads to increased retention and improved performance.”
Games are fun activities “so they open us up in a positive way and create possibilities for us to enjoy the unexpected and the journey of learning”. Julie FlandersFounder and CEO of Two Circles Crossing, a coaching and consulting agency based in Kent, Connecticut.
Ahead, learn about bonus games—from online tools to role-playing exercises—to adopt in the workplace.
“Kahoot! is an online learning platform that offers a variety of game-based learning activities, including quizzes, surveys and discussions,” explained Arthur Worsley, a UK-based career coach 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 displaying the best players.
Kahoot! They can be used to teach a number of subjects, 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.
From $10 per month.
quizlet Not only for school children memorizing SAT words.
“Quizlet is a free online learning tool that allows you to create flashcards, quizzes, and other study materials to help you master different topics,” said Warzel, adding that you can search for existing study groups created by other users or create your own study materials using text, images, and audio.
Furthermore, “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 such as studying for a certification exam, improving their language skills and learning new concepts in their field, according to Warzel.
free; QuizletPlus From $2.99 per month.
If you are thinking of learning a new language or improving your language skills in general, Duolingo its yours. It covers Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Yiddish, Zulu, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Haitian Creole, and more.
“The app offers a range of interactive activities, including listening exercises, speaking exercises, and mini-games,” Worsley said, stressing the motivating aspect of the app, in which users earn points and compete against others as they progress through their 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.
Worzel also shared that language skills are becoming increasingly valuable in many professional 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 PDF game you’re printing is designed to help people of all ages “think like a future.”
Players can choose to participate in Business or Career mode, and from there they can randomly choose or assign a sample of a profession (for example, a lawyer or marketing expert) or a business such as a bank, retailer, or real estate company.
From there, you’ll create 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 mark any job, profession, or challenge you can think of for your game.
The game was conceived by futurist and keynote speaker Scott Steinberg as “a system of training and education disguised as a game for people who don’t ordinarily play games—and an opportunity to extend our education and vision beyond the events of the day or on-site programs.”
free for schools and students; $19.99 for others.
It’s not my problem anymore
This group exercise involves working interactively with colleagues to solve problems creatively. To play, start with each person writing down something they find challenging. After that, the single player introduces him to the group to talk.
“The group is then tasked with coming up with an awesome idea to solve the problem, an obvious idea for solving the problem and a creative or out of the ordinary idea for solving the problem,” said Flanders.
So, you will solve one problem, in three ways.
“It’s a fun way to learn and helps give different scenarios to the group to try out as well as reveal new perspectives,” said Flanders. “Everyone involved is involved in letting go of a problem and engaging with someone else’s cause.”