The 70:20:10 model of professional development (Lombardo & Eichinger, 2000) may help guide learning and development. It suggests that 70% of learning is gained through hands-on-experience, 20% through social learning (coaching and mentoring), and 10% through formal instruction. Informal learning platforms are also becoming increasingly important (blogs, etc.). Advisors should look for ways to maximize and integrate these learning strategies into their daily work. For example, advisors can develop a new advising practice, program, or tool as part of their work (70%); engage with a coach who can provide feedback (20%); and stay current on relevant theory through reading, start a discussion group to review the impact of what they have created, or teach others (10%).
See below an example of the integrated learning model in practice.