Staying relevant in your industry and up to speed on legislation or technology changes is critical to continued career success and personal growth. In a world where everything seems to move at lightning speed it can become overwhelming of where to start and what to do to keep ahead of the pack when it comes to your skill set. Below is a list of recommended ways you can upskill in today’s market.
Join an industry association: This will give you exposure to a network of like-minded individuals who work in the same industry and likely the same role as you, there can be knowledge and ideas exchanged. You will generally also have access to training days, seminars, and various functions that will give you the ability to become further educated on a particular topic or area.
Planning: Use your one-on-one catch-up with your manager to plan out a career path for yourself. Set a goal of where you would like to be in one, three, and five years’ time, and then together list the training and skills you would need to acquire to bridge the gap to meet those milestones. A great sense of achievement can be felt as you track your progress towards these deadlines.
Technology: With smartphone technology, it is easy to listen to podcasts, TED talks, read articles, and complete short online courses. Utilise what would otherwise be wasted time like your commute to work, when getting ready in the morning, between appointments, lunch break, or during a gym session. Switch one of these tools on and soak up all that they have to offer. The best thing about this form of upskilling? It is generally free of charge and only requires a small amount of time and attention.