I subscribe to many newsletters and was reading through them this week..... the one that caught my attention the most was this:
5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie
I don't want to get fired... and I'm sure most of you don't either! So, reading the article I found that one of the best ways to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills! I can give plenty advice as to how you can grow your skills... and not all of them require a great deal of time or money!
I've blogged about how to get certified many times. The only thing I want to add at this point is that you can use the path to get certified as a roadmap for building skills. You will learn a lot but will also have validation that your skills are up to par by passing one or more certification exams. For further information on how to start, see my blog entry "Certification 101". To make it even more cost effective for you to get certified, we have Certification Days where exams are offered half price, and a Try it Again offer that allows you to retry your exam if you failed to pass. In my opinion, getting a certification is the FASTEST and most COST-EFFECTIVE way to build skills... bar none!
Travel is expensive, so take a look at the new way to take an IBM class where you choose the time, place, and best of all, no travel involved! Self-paced Virtual Classes are one option, ILO classes are another. Right now, you can take a free SPVC to see how it works.
Another very cost-effective way to build skills. You can buy a printed book, read a book online, borrow from a library... whatever works for you. There is a wide selection of books available... that cover just about every topic imaginable. For the entire list of books that we have available for Information Management topics, see either DB2 in Books or IM Bookstore. The online engines where you can read books are Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. You can read more about these options in my blog entry.
OK... a conference is very expensive... but is it really? If you factor in all that you get when you attend a conference, you may find that it is very cost-effective. The IOD conference has free certification exams, 400 technical sessions, demos... not to mention networking! See Kate's blog for a series of entries about the IOD conference. Another option is to attend a virtual conference. I don't know of any that are scheduled at this moment...but when I learn about one, I'll blog about it. Sure it is quite different than attending a conference in person in a city away from your home / office, but it still provides some training, demos, and networking, but is usually free to attend.
So, please! Don't get fired because you've let your skills stagnate! Keep up to date with the many options that are available to you!
Keep on Learning
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