As industries evolve at pace with developing technologies, so must workers. If you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, consider valuable skills that could open the door to new opportunities. With tools and online courses, you can explore and develop critical skills anytime, anywhere.
“Experience never gets old, but your skills can,” says Marci Alboher, author of The Encore Career Handbook and upcoming LinkedIn Learning instructor. “Re-skilling throughout your career will position you to ensure you’re finding meaning in your work, growing in your profession and making an impact along the way.”
Here are three tips for kick-starting your learning efforts.
Find the Time
The top career goal for professionals in 2018 is to learn a new skill, but not everyone knows where to fit learning into their daily lives. Here’s a tip: In today’s ever-connected digital world, we’re living in the era of bite-sized learning, where new skills can be honed in minutes.
Start by picking 5 to 10-minute windows in your daily routine to dedicate to learning. Skim through courses while your eating breakfast or waiting to pick the kids up from school, and make a wish list of courses to view throughout the week. Prioritize them by how much time each requires, from smallest to greatest; watch the five-minute videos or read the easily digestible articles first then schedule time for courses and reading that require greater focus.
Make it a Habit
They say a habit is formed in 21 days. Whenever you put learning into your daily schedule, try to pick a time when you can make it routine; whether it’s on the bus during your morning commute, or in the 10 minutes after you brush your teeth at night. You’ll be growing in your skills before you know it. Fun fact: LinkedIn Learning also sets a reminder for you, so it’s one less thing you have to remember in your day.
Pick Your Skills
Whether you want to advance your existing career or begin a new one, start by identifying a few broad and focused skills you’d like to hone. For example, people in every job can benefit from learning soft skills (ones that allow you to interact effectively with others) such as communication and critical thinking. Choose your focused skills based on your industry — would learning SEO, social media strategies or project management tools improve your performance and add value to your specific career? If so, go for it!
Commitment to being a lifelong learner is vital to keeping your passion for your work alive. In any industry, in any phase of life, there are always new skills to be gained, and new knowledge to explore.
Courtesy of BPT