Many of us work in changing competitive
environments. If we don't keep up with news and trends, we can miss key
opportunities and can be caught unawares. Keeping your skills
current is one of the most important ways you can do your job well and stay
on top of changing demands of the workplace. It can also help you prepare for
new opportunities that may arise at work and help you keep your job in a
to constantly adapt is the new reality for many workers, well beyond the
information technology business. Financial Managers, engineers, doctors, even
Hollywood special effects designers — virtually everyone whose job is touched
by computing — are being forced to find new, more efficient ways to learn as
retooling becomes increasingly important not just to change careers, but simply
to stay competitive on your chosen path.
All this really means is adding new
skills to and existing job. It’s hard to know what skills you need to work
on and not work on unless you know what skills you have. Your first step in
developing your career-related skills is to take an inventory of your current
skills and identify skills you need to acquire. Learning new skills can be
stimulating and motivating, and it can help keep your mind young.
Periodically check out adverts and person
specifications for roles that are either similar to yours or are in line with
the role you're looking for next.
Keeping up-to-date with your industry is
key for building expert
power. By developing additional expertise in your job and your industry,
you'll earn the trust and respect of the people around you. From a leadership
perspective, that is invaluable!
There are a number of great, not to mention
affordable, ways for you to
keep your skills and knowledge current.
Taking a course
Many colleges, learning centers, and other community groups offer low cost
courses in most fields.
Developing your network opens doors to new ideas, people, and careers. It can
help you find new opportunities in the workforce, help you keep up to date with
the trends and provide you access to important industry news. And the more
people in your network, the more people there are who know you, know your work
ethic, and are there to recommend you for a job.
Industry journals, magazines, and newspapers. These are published regularly and
provide the latest in trends, research findings, and notable people.
There are various blogs, forums or groups you can
join that are industry specific. LinkedIn offers a great platform to stay up to
date with what is happening in your niche. There are also online education
resources you can utilize. Online
classes, in particular, allow you to fit learning into your own schedule
and to go at your own pace.
Finally, remember that strengthening
your skills may bring benefits even if it doesn't lead to a quick raise,
promotion, or Employee of the Month award. Few things are more rewarding than
pursuing -- and achieving -- an important goal. Over time, the confidence you
gain from keeping your skills sharp may extend into other areas and give you a
new optimism not just about your work, but about your ability to meet any other
challenges that life may bring.
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