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One of the biggest problems with sticking to a single job is that you eventually get tired of doing the same repetitive tasks. Unless you’re blessed with a job and an employer that allow you to continually grow your skills, it becomes a hassle to try and find a new calling in life. Some people submit themselves to this feeling, giving in to the idea that they will forever be stuck at their job. Even when they lose their job, they’re going to find another similar to that allows them to continue utilising their skills. Sadly, when their skills no longer become relevant or they’re replaced by machines or technology, they become redundant and start to find it difficult to adapt.
In order to ensure your job security and continue getting paid, it’s important to learn new skills and adapt to whatever change the industry is going through. For instance, the future might require web designers to branch off into programming so that they can add things such as eCommerce modules and social media widgets to their websites. Similarly, accountants might need to learn a little about the law to further their understanding of things such as taxes.
To help you out, here is a couple of ways to learn new skills while you work. Doing both at the same time is difficult, but after reading this brief guide, you’ll be a lot more confident in giving it a try and furthering your career.
Group Study at Work
One of the first things to consider is a group study course at work. Perhaps you hire a teacher or professor to attend your workplace and teach you and your colleagues how to use a new piece of technology or how to expand their skill set. The other option is to hire a mentor to teach you as you work. This is important for when you want to learn something new as you go along.
Studying online is much cheaper and far more convenient than visiting a university, attending a college or hiring a tutor. You can do it in your own time, you don’t need to worry about being late to classes or commuting far away, and you can ultimately pay for it with your work salary. Many of the online study courses are related to business as well. For example, Maryville offers courses on subjects such as business data analysis, which can be useful to further your career. Most of the study material is free, and you can even learn at work during breaks if you have a smartphone or laptop.
Afternoon classes are the next best option if you want a more traditional approach to studying. If you get off work at a regular time, then you can easily attend afternoon classes assuming you have the drive and energy to do so. This is helpful for people who prefer group study or speaking with a professor teacher instead of independent study, but it can be more expensive.
Speaking With Your Employer
Remember to speak with your employer if you want to learn new skills. Some companies offer policies that allow you to get money off your study assuming it’s for the sake of work, and some employers may even suggest you study a specific subject to further your ability to work.
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