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A Tap on the Glass - Vol. 39 - Learn the Lesson, or Learn your Lesson

Today’s world is taking no pity on the person who gets lazy about learning. Either you take personal responsibility for continuing your education, or you end up without the knowledge you need to protect your career.

"There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on…..” Robert Byrne

It doesn’t take long for your skills and knowledge to get outdated in today’s world. The technological advances and the flood of ongoing new information truly make it hard to keep up with what’s going on. Even College graduates can find their most advanced skill set being outdated in a matter of a couple of years. Craftsmen are constantly adapting to new products. And some careers don’t even get a CHANCE to change – they just disappear. So in today’s world, we have to constantly retool ourselves, become perpetual students, or we risk becoming obsolete in our own jobs. Nobody wants that to happen, especially in today’s economy.

You should invest in your own growth, development and self-renewal. Do it the way a company invests in research and development, and come up with a new and better product or service you can offer. Your employer may be helping you with this, by offering classes or study materials to get better at your job, but ultimately it’s up to you. Companies that did that 5-10 years ago to give you those basic skills are the same companies that are EXPECTING staff to know the skills when they apply. Your future “employability” – your appeal as a job candidate or employee – depends on you having a relentless drive to update your credentials, acquire new skills and stay abreast of what’s happening in your field.

Homework –studying on your own – should become a regular part of your weekly routine. Read. Attend workshops and seminars. Take courses. Volunteer as an understudy to learn from experts. ASK for learning opportunities, and then milk them dry. It doesn’t matter anymore whether you drive a truck, work on cars, teach, farm or doctor people. You need specialized knowledge. You also need to realize that your field is constantly changing. Dig deeper. Keep learning. Develop transferable skills. Don’t get locked in to just one job. Give yourself options.

The more you know how to do, and the better you do it, the more valuable you become and the greater your job security.

So forget about finishing your education.

Defend your career by developing a better package of knowledge and skills than the next person.

Thanks for reading…