You’ve been working in the same trade for a number of years, or maybe you’ve only just started, it’s always good to keep working on your
skills to make sure you are on top of the latest trends and skills in your industry. But sometimes the motivation to do so can hold you back! What we’re going to look at in this blog are ways that you can expand your skill set, on your time time and your own dollar!
Reading – or these days watching/listening!
There are so many free resources available online these days (including our blog!) to read, listen to podcasts or even watching videos on Youtube. Social networks have give us all a way of following and keeping up to date with celebrities and sport stars, why not follow your industry leaders or your work icons instead? Try to make time for this whether it be each day or each week, whether you’re listening or reading on your phone on your way home from work, or need something productive to do on your smoko!
Learning at Your Workplace
Not every company will offer to send you to additional training courses or provide training to improve your skillset, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t take the initiative and do this yourself. When you’re at work why not take an active interest in other people’s roles and see what you can learn from your colleagues that is relevant to your own job. You never know what new skills you could learn, as well as building important relationships with those around you.
You might not have the time to attend any courses due to work… your company might not offer to pay for you to attend courses or classes… but that’s not that say that you can’t do this in your own time! Thanks to the internet there’s now the opportunity to really grow with online courses and classes, and a lot of these are very reasonable, some even free!
Join a Professional Organisation
Depending on your trade, there are lots of different professional organisations out there that you can join that would be a massive benefit to you. You can connect with others in the same trade, speak to mentors to help you develop your skills and meet up at social events. Social networks mean that sharing information is easier than it’s ever been.
If you’re interested in actively learning more BriX Projects offer a wide variety of courses and qualifications that you can take, check them out online here.