Up skills refers to add on the current skills which keep us moving with assertiveness and aggressiveness. The question is - How should we up-skill ourselves? Sharing with you the four steps which we all must take care of and practice them with utmost sincerity.
- 1 External training / certifications / education - This can be self-nominated or it can be also provided by the organization you work for. Whatever be the case is, the important point is to make most of it and don't ever just do it for just sake of doing it. Give time and prepare for such training - Do the elementary homework before appearing in such trainings such that you are on the same tuning the very first minute of the opportunity provided to you.
- Consistent Reading - The more you read the better you will be. It is the food that your brain needs - Reading newspapers, journals, magazines keeps you upfront with the latest innovations, practices in your industry. With consistent readings, the results can do wonders and one can start feeling a change in his/ her confidence within a month or so. In short consistent reading gives you the content.
- Ask others - We all are surrounded by our friends and colleagues - Share / Express & Discuss the better ways of doing the same thing. Everyone will be free to give 10 seconds to you and it’s up to you how can you make most of it. Remember to help others too. This can be done with colleagues in your office, your friends, online communities, networks.
- Reflect - Reflection is the key - Whatever you learn in above three steps - apply it. Try to bring them in practice. It can be in verbal communications, or it can be in your analysis activity. You can even write a blog of what you learnt today. This will give you chance to interact with others having similar interest. Without reflection, the learning are sure to fade.
We are always sincere for the task we are given in office. On the other hand we have no other option else we might be fired, but when it comes to us, we seems to be lazy as we are the boss of our own and so no one will fire us. So the discipline in all above four steps with only come once you show same dedication as you show for the official task which you are paid for. In short it’s all about Self-management.
Wish you long tern success in your professional journey!