If you aspire to career growth, you can not be complacent. Where you
are today is a reflection of the education and skills that got you
there. The question is, where do you want to be tomorrow? You will not get
there by coasting on what you already know.
The key to your future can be found in an ongoing commitment to
learning, also known as professional training and development. By
getting better at what you do and expanding the boundaries of what you
understand, you become more valuable to your team, customers, and
company. In fact, you become a bigger player in your entire industry,
which widens your world to new career opportunities as well.
Why is continual learning so important? Because the world is moving
so fast now that people who stand still will be passed by. Knowing more
than the next person has become a major competitive advantage in every
Yet despite these realities, many people feel stuck when it comes to
increasing their professional knowledge base. They are swamped at work,
overwhelmed at home, and unclear on how they might manage to squeeze the
extra hours needed out of their already full schedules to make time for
The secret lies in realizing two things.
- First, with the easy
accessibility of todays technologies and mobile options, it is no longer
necessary to learn in a classroom--you can bring training tools with
you wherever you go.
- Second, because you do not need to carve out a big
block of time to learn in a classroom, you can approach learning on your
own terms and in your own timeframe.
If you do not have a solid hour to devote to picking up new skills,
how about sparing 10 minutes? A couple of shorter stints composed of
smaller time units can quickly add up--and mobile technologies make it
almost a shame not to learn on the fly or between other activities.
Written by: Samuel