19 Jul Staying Up To Date in Your Industry
The 21st-century workplace is a fast pace industry and maintaining update information and knowledge base is essential if you will be regarded as an expert. No matter where you are on the career ladder, being up to date with industry news and trends will help you gain experience, identify opportunities for growth and give you a competitive edge among the colleagues and competition.
Getting the updates is not an ordeal in itself, the task is being updated. Here are essential things you need to do to keep pace with your industry.
- Engage in productive discussions
Having regular catch-ups with colleagues or friends who share your industry interest will help you learn new information in a social context. Being able to ask questions is the key to building your knowledge on your industry and seeing things from a broad perspective. Ask colleagues, competition, friends, mentors, and superiors, anybody who can provide accurate industry information.
Knowledge easily gets outdated and consistent studying is a great way to refresh the knowledge and skills needed for your job or to advance your career. With short courses now offered online and part-time, you can continue to work while building on soft skills such as corporate communication or negotiation or take courses that could be applicable to a range of roles.
The relevance of Networking in the 21st century cannot be overemphasized. Get yourself out of the couch to attend conferences, events and training sessions. Reach out to other professionals who work in related fields to get a wider understanding of your industry. Networking with new people may also keep you up to date with your industry; this can be used to you and your employer’s advantage.
- Browse online forums and discussion boards
With the array of discussion threads and online forums, information about specific industries gets updated every minute. It will be underwhelming if you do not take advantage of the overwhelming updates available. Regular sifting through various topics and opinions that pique your interest is a great way to learn and active contribution to online discussions; what you learn is better understood when you share with others.
- Subscribe to online newsletters
A casual way to stay in sync with news update is to subscribe to online journals, blogs, magazines and other publications for news delivered straight to your inbox. Free and with ease, you can always keep and read later. Build a habit of reviewing your newsletter daily and watch your industry knowledge grow from greenhorn to Red belt in no time.
There are loads of respected experts out there whose opinions are as credible as paid newspapers. A simple Google search is a good way to start, you will definitely find something new every minute.