By now you already know that you cannot just bank upon your existing set of skills for your entire professional life. You just can’t. It is not just because of the elevating competition but because of the constant changes in every aspect of every industry. From changing trends to advancing technology, the industrial revolution has become a constant thing now. It doesn’t take a century to completely change things in a company/industry. All it takes is one new piece of technology. In such a dynamic environment, there’s no other way but to become dynamic yourself. You must take charge of yourself and make sure you are constantly upskilling. Here are few helpful tips-
Read. Watch. Listen.
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In short, do whatever it takes to stay updated. If you get the relevant updates on newspapers- read. If there are videos and podcasts to update you on relevant trends and updates on your industry, then WATCH. And if nothing else works, keep your ears open at all times and LISTEN. Word travels one way or the other. Just stay alert to pick up the right piece of news and updates. Use them to your advantage and prepare yourself. Social media is one of the best mediums to stay updates these days. Plug in and keep a special watch there.
Never Stop Studying
Once a student, always a student! So what you have wonderful job and you get paid well? That’s no reason to stop studying. Always be on a lookout for relevant and beneficial courses/degrees. Whenever you find one, get enrolled without a second thought. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire from such courses outside work will take you a long way. Specialised certification courses and online tutorials are quite common these days. Make sure you choose something credible and relevant.
Join A Group/Association
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No matter how alert you are, you might always miss out on something or the other. But you won’t if you join any association or group outside work. It will be of great benefits when it comes to skills and career building. The networking events, learning programs, mentorship programs etc that are commonly a part of such associations will come really handy in your professional career.
What are you waiting for? Go! Start upskilling already!