Are You a Life Long Student??? Be One!

copyOften when I work with clients that are struggling to find a job, I ask if they have any ongoing job training or classes to add to their resume and get the answer, “No.” There are many different reasons why, but sadly many people seem to think that they know all that they need to know in their chosen field. Heck, I don’t know all that I need to know in ANY aspect of my life, so how can I be so sure that I know all that there is to know about my field??? No one and I mean NO ONE knows everything there is about their field of choice and we can all afford to pick up a class or training session here and there. Jobs change, fields evolve, and there’s never anything that simply stays the same. Either we evolve with the rest of the world or we die, so to speak.

Here are just a few tips for getting up to date or picking up new skills that can advance your career…

  1. Online courses are everywhere and far more respected than they once were. Check out local colleges to see what they offer, as well as the online universities out there.
  2. Local adult education centers are another great choice for getting new or renewed skills.
  3. Participating in professional associations and taking some of their trainings can be a wonderful networking advantage, as well as a way to learn new skills.
  4. And finally, understand that the only true way to advance in your field or compete in the job market is to know that there’s always something new to learn and to seek that knowledge out… It’s just a common sense thing.

If you take this advice and keep the heart of a student, you’ll be much more satisfied with your skills and career. We were never created to stop learning… It’s good for the mind and good for those seeking success in their chosen fields.

My challenge for you this week…                                                                                                                                              

Get out there and see the classes are available to you and what interests you. You’ll be surprised at what’s available.

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Got Skills???

iStock_000005892300XSmallSo here you are… In a funk because you can’t find work or you’re no longer satisfied with what you do, but you keep hearing that the job market is the worst it’s been ever. Where do you go from here? No one wants to hire someone your age or so it seems. What now???

How about a new direction? What? You don’t know how to do anything else??? Come on! You’ve been working for over twenty years and you haven’t acquired skills other than the obvious???

You know that you have mad skills! Think about it. You’ve been a leader, a mentor, and what about your hobbies? Think about it! There are areas you have never thought about…

Sometimes when you can’t find a job, you need to create one.

Today, I want you to consider the possibility of where your skills could take you. It doesn’t necessarily need to happen today, but maybe you should consider developing these skills further and see what you can do with it. Do some research, take a different approach to your job search. Sometimes it isn’t always obvious, but it’s ALWAYS there.