What options to improve your skills set



 

If you want to climb the ladder, you’re gonna have to show your abilities, develop your knowledge and strengthen your skills. If you are not really motivated and willing to work hard to move up, the role you want won’t come on a silver platter. So what can you do to reach your goals and become the professional you want to be?

 

1. Seminars and workshops

 

Big companies usually give their employees the chance to participate in seminars and workshops. They focus on a specific topic and enable the participants to discover a new discipline or to learn new approaches. Even if it seems a bit boring or if it’s organised during the week-end or after working hours, it might be a great opportunity to show your motivation and to make your profile more attractive to recruiters. You have to see it as a long-term investment. It is proof of your involvement in the company and your will to improve. This can make the difference when you ask for a promotion or when your manager is considering someone for a new role.

If your employer doesn’t offer this kind of benefits, it might be worth having a look at some seminars whose topics match your interests so that you can mix business with pleasure. Talk about it around you to see if someone can recommend one in particular for you. Workshops are also the occasion to meet new people who work in the same sector as you and therefore to expand your business contacts.

 

 2. Evening classes

 

The good thing about evening classes is that the themes are tackled in a deeper way. The classes are spread out over several weeks or months and involve several experts. The balance between theory and practice ensure a good understanding and mastery of the knowledge taught. It is a good idea if you want to develop skills you can use at work. Besides, you’ll get the chance to meet senior professionals with strong insights who can play a big role in your career progression.

These evening classes can be quite expansive and a bit tiring. Furthermore, it requires concentration and hard-work as you’ll have to complete assessments and study for the final exam.

If you register, make sure you go every week and you like the topic enough to not lose interest after a few classes.

 

3. Self-learning

 

This is the cheapest option but also the hardest one. You have to motivate yourself and it can be hard to stay consistent over a long period of time.
What are your options?

-       Forums and online discussion groups

Whether it is on social websites, blogs or websites, you can talk and share ideas with other members. You can teach things to people and learn from them too. This is a fun way to discover new things while chatting with professionals who share the same interests as you. The good point of forums is that you can ask questions in case you don’t understand something and the interactivity makes it more enlivening than e-learning for instance.

-       E-learning

E-learning is more professional in the way that it is made for learning purposes. You can be sure that the information provided is correct and that it is taught in an educational way. You can learn at your own pace and contact designated people in case you have any questions. This will suit people who like to study and need structure.

-       Books

You’ll be surprised how many books there are on every single topic you can imagine. They are written by experts and they are a great source of information. This is something you can keep and read several times or just look in whenever you have a doubt about something. This is perfect for people who like to read and don’t want to invest much money.

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