Today we have another guest post from Tamara M. Williams. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found here
Lifelong Learning involves increasing your knowledge, skills and experiences throughout your entire life. Lifelong learning is important because of new or improved technologies, changes in market trends, increased competition from new or existing competitors, and changes in standards and regulations related to your industry. You need to be aware of what is currently happening in your company and industry.
Stay up-to-date in your career so that you can attract new customers and strengthen existing customer relationships. It also improves your overall job performance and gives you a better chance at getting a promotion, salary increase or pursuing your dream career. There are many resources available to help you to learn. In this article I explain learning through Company Training and Industry Training. In Part 2, I will discuss learning by getting College or University Degrees and studying Free Online Courses.
Ask the HR staff at your current company about various opportunities to increase your skills and knowledge. They should be able to inform you of internal staff training for new or existing products and services offered. Attend the training sessions, watch training videos and study the related materials for the department that you are in. Ensure that your attendance is recorded on your employee file so that it can be added to your performance review.
By participating in training, you demonstrate to your supervisor and co-workers that you have an interest in the company. In addition, you have the opportunity to suggest new ideas or provide important feedback. This should also increase your chances of a promotion or salary increase by showing dedication to improving yourself and your company.
There are also many industry leaders which offer a variety of workshops, lectures, forums, conferences. These inform you of industry wide products and services that are available. Attending these training sessions allows you to expand your social and professional network by meeting employees from other companies. Sometimes, training is held at various locations so always check the schedule to find events being held close to where you live or work.
There are many free events that are held and these are great to attend. However, aim for multiple industry certificates related to your current career. The more qualifications you have the better the chances of climbing the career ladder. This is the same for pursuing a new career or changing roles within the same field. The training sessions can be expensive so you should find out if your employer offers discounts or reimbursements. If not then you might have to put aside money in your budget for training. Usually training resources include classroom training, online training, DVDs, books and software so explore the different resources that you need and then save towards them.
In closing, Company and Industry Training can be challenging but in some situations you can arrange to attend training during office hours since it counts towards improving your performance at work. Some employers offer funding so it is always best to ask and choose the best option available to you. In Part 2, I will be discussing College or University Degrees and studying Free Online Courses.
About the Author:
Tamara M. Williams encourages you to contact your nearest Career Center or a Life & Career Coach for more assistance. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found here.