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Every new year, we all start with some sort of resolutions / promises/ agreements – call them what you may, the premise is the same; it’s to do everything possible to transform ourselves into the best version of us. And how do we do that?
We do that by learning…
Get a better job by learning new skills and making new connections.
Increase fitness levels by learning to eat and exercise well.
Become financially stable by learning to spend wise and save smart.
Qualify for that elusive marathon by learning to run efficiently, by training our functional muscles.
We become happier people by learning to accept what we cannot change and challenge what we can change.
It all starts with learning. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
So, give yourself the gift of learning in 2019 and follow some of these quick tips to get a head-start today.
- Strengthen your soft skills – According to LinkedIn learning 57% of senior leaders say that soft skills are more important than hard skills. So, take advantage of those THINK Fridays and these free courses to develop some key soft skills like creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, time management etc
- Enhance your resume with credentials – In a rapidly shifting job market, being able to formalize skills is a requirement for job seekers and employers going forward. Open Badges is a data specification that enable the proper documentation and demonstration of those skills.
- Develop hard skills to prepare for most in-demand jobs – We don’t know what the future holds. So how do we prepare for jobs we don’t even know exist yet? You do that by building core skills that are applicable to jobs in the area of data analysis, customer support, health care and more as per the WEF report.
- Expand your network – Often times it’s not about ‘what’ we know but about ‘who’ we know. Attended a webinar you liked, read an article that resonated with you; connect with the presenter/author on social media – start to engage with them and their content. This article from TED has some simple tips on how to get started
- Get out of your comfort zone – Do you always learn things by watching a video? Well, try joining a live codestream instead. Attend a hackathon, join a meetup, subscribe to a podcast series..the ways in which we can learn today has changed. Take advantage of the varied modalities available to you
- Make learning fun – Agile is changing how teams work, focusing on more collaboration, inclusiveness, and cross-functional teams. People are learning new skills on the job, and applying them on an ongoing basis at an accelerated pace. Which means we all need to embrace the concept of lifelong learning, we will never be done. So, enjoy the newness of each challenge and the opportunities they present…and if you’re stuck, maybe some of these ideas will help?
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” —Henry Ford