Do you feel like you could be doing more to improve your work skill set? Are there gaps in your knowledge that are holding you back from taking on new challenges at work or earning that promotion? If so, don’t feel discouraged – you are certainly not alone.
The reality is that the professional environment constantly changes regardless of industry, and most people can benefit from brushing up on their professional skills from time to time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do just that without years of study. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips for boosting your work skillset.
Understand your weaknesses
Improving your work skills starts with understanding your professional weak points, and this doesn’t have to mean a technical skill. If you’re shy, improving your skills may mean speaking up for yourself or learning how to network effectively.
Set goals for yourself
You’re never too old to learn new tricks. Not only will setting achievable goals help keep you motivated, but it will give you a sense of accomplishment when you reach them. Don’t forget to establish a timeline to achieve your goal. Having a schedule to follow – even a flexible one – will encourage you to get started.
Take advantage of short courses
Short courses are a great way to get focused training on specific topics without having to commit to a lengthy and expensive program. Do a bit of digging online and find a free introductory course into your chosen skill. Sites like Coursera, LinkedIn and even Google offer a wide selection of free short courses. Alternatively, YouTube has a range of helpful tutorials to learn new skills.
Say yes to new challenges
Sometimes the best way to improve your skills is by jumping in and doing. If there is a new work project that interests you, speak to your line manager about getting involved. Taking on new tasks outside of your comfort zone forces you to learn new skills, and who knows, you may even find that you’re amazing at something you never even considered.
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