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The constant learner

Not too long ago, a young person could dedicate a few years to learning a profession and be happily confident about enjoying lifelong employment within his or her career of choice.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 22:18 IST
Seth Appel

Not too long ago, a young person could dedicate a few years to learning a profession and be happily confident about enjoying lifelong employment within his or her career of choice.

Those days are gone. As the pace of technical advancement increases, and globalisation expands the field of competition, the workforce will become increasingly fabricated between those who are equipped with useful skills and those who aren't.

Today skilled professionals everywhere face a clear choice — commit to a lifetime of continuous learning or be left behind. To meet this challenge, professionals must passionately pursue opportunities to enrich and widen their skills and knowledge base.

The most successful employees are those who insist on being pioneers of the next wave of technical innovation. How does one keep abreast of these developments? Here are a few tips.

1Read the technology section of prominent newspapers and magazines; be inquisitive, and gather information.

2Identify an application that you think will be useful and go for training or educate yourself about it through books or tutorials.

3Be proactive. A very successful manager I know, who is not an IT professional, has committed herself to learning at least one new major software application every year. Don't wait for your manager to provide you training. It isn't your boss's career that will suffer.

4 Strong English language communication skills are essential at the modern workplace, especially as the Indian subcontinent assumes its rightful role in the global economy.

Successful professionals will not only have bright ideas, but will also have the means with which to persuasively communicate these to others. If you reuire, then invest an hour a day in developing your English language skills. Inculcate the habit of reading books to expand your vocabulary. Maintain a personal journal to improve your writing capability.

l When selecting topics for study, don’t only go deeper within your profession, but also branch out and acquire skills outside your comfort zone. A computer programmer should consider developing the ability to speak in front of an audience rather than learning yet another programming code. A bookworm should go out and learn a sport. The author is Director, Training, Office Tiger