If you’ve been working in a technical position or in a position that could benefit from the latest technical knowledge, you’ve probably noticed that what you used to know has already become obsolete. As the digital technology is a fast-evolving world, it’s likely that the skills you had when you first started your job may not be relevant to the current market situation any longer. For instance, if you’ve been working for over a year without any additional training, you may not only lack productivity in technical tasks, but your lack of current knowledge might even put the company at risks of data breaches, criminal infiltrations, or even lack of reactivity to new requirements. In other words, you need to keep your skills up-to-date and to ensure that you are warned about the latest market trends, threats and opportunities in your technical area of expertise. The main issue with keeping your skills relevant is the cost: Training doesn’t come for free and not all companies can afford to send their techs on a training day. Below are cost-effective and time-saving alternatives to stay indispensable in your field.
Build your online knowledge bank
You don’t need to sign up for a workshop to enhance your knowledge. You can benefit from the wisdom and case studies of the latest online computer articles. This will give you an overview of the current trend in your sector as well as lines of actions to troubleshoot new issues. Be careful though. Not everything you can find online is relevant or correct. So make sure to read only from trustworthy sources and to refer to expert forums in case of questions. You can also identify the most relevant experts in your industry and follow them on social media platforms. While Twitter is great to received links to the latest articles, you’ll find LinkedIn more informative and accessible for professionals willing to boost their skills.
You can learn for free
Most people learn by doing, and this is especially true in the computing world. If you don’t come across a code troubleshooting issue, you’ll never understand the importance of learning to code on a variety of programming software tools. As you can install pretty much any framework and programming language IDE for free nowadays,
you can rapidly discover new ways of addressing problems or responding to needs. Is it time-consuming? More often than not, spending 30 mins to one hour a day to play with database servers and programming languages is enough to feel more confident in your skills.
Get paid to practice
Finally, when you’ve learned new approaches, the best is to anchor these with simple but professional practices. You may not often have the opportunity to apply your new knowledge to your company. But you can sell your skills as a freelancer to tackle similar projects and improve your confidence. Besides, as a freelancer, you will even get paid to do the job! If you’re worried about work/life balance, you should know that all it takes is a few hours in your week to complete simple tech projects.
It takes dedication to remain relevant in the tech sector. But as a learning routine is established, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident and tech-savvy as ever!
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Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.