The real world is very different from the world of business. While classroom experiences can help prepare one to transition into work, and provide tools to help do the job, it usually falls short in terms of helping one understand real world functionalities.  

Experiential learning helps fill those gaps. 

Education gained inside a classroom or at work will always be beneficial. But using what is learned in those places and applying it in the real world is one of the most robust and valuable forms of education. 

Here are some skills that experiential learners stand to gain that can greatly benefit business. 

Communication – This is one of the most essential life skills one can acquire. It could open windows of opportunity and also help provide a strong and stable foundation for your future. 

Project management – Organizing teams, goal-setting, and managing difficult tasks are skills essential for any manager to be successful.

Personal development – Personal development is part of learning. It’s important in helping one learn, reflect, and realize their unlimited potential.

Team work – One needs to learn how  to adapt to different personalities and accommodate unique perspectives. This requires discipline, maturity, and patience.

Creativity – This is an incredibly valued skill. Creativity allows fresh insight and new perspective on out-dated methods and approaches.

Failing forward – Failing is an important step in anyone’s journey. It’s essential because the lessons learnt here will not be forgotten. 

In addition to the above, the reflection component of experiential learning can also increase critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to apply knowledge to different types of situations, encounters and problems. This can significantly aid and improve business output.