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The world is ever changing and it is not the world as we once knew. Time seems to increase as we wish it would slow down. We have made major purchases over the years such as vehicles, a home, our education and it seems like we must continuously receive an upgrade to maintain and keep up. Whether we like it or not – this is our current world. We can choose to keep up or get left behind.
I think about how far we have come. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut. My father was a computer programmer and he was always in the basement in his office working. There was so much hardware and 8-inch floppy disks everywhere I looked. My dad was always head down working on a black screen with green coding perfectly aligned. I could not make sense of any of it. It looked like programmer jargon. He worked on the Northstar Advantage (digital deck computer) which was running CPM. Later, when the IBM AIX operating system was released he used the IBM PC. I currently work for IBM but use a macOS High Sierra. I wonder what the next 30 years will be like in the technology world?
That is why continuous learning is so important. Keeping your skills current can make or break your career in the tech industry. Technology can change rapidly, and it is vital to keep your skills current. The number of tech employment opportunities is expected to increase by 12% by 2024 according to a report by Modis. Plan ahead instead of reacting by taking full advantage of the many different learning sessions that are available to you.
One last thing – challenge yourself. Try to do something difficult and it will benefit you in one way or another, even if it doesn’t look great or work the first time. That just gives you a challenge for next time, and don’t feel complacent in what works already in your role right now. What might work now may not work for you later down the line.
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