A common challenge among many career professionals is staying current in their field, as well as with the world at large. So how does one remain one step in front of the curve during times of rapid change and when there is so much information available? I believe that it comes down to carving out time each day strictly for professional development.
For me, I allot a one-hour minimum each day to read a book to keep me abreast of what’s happening in the career coaching realm. Right now, I’m reading Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0, which has insightful information on emerging trends for job seekers. And for a broader perspective, thought-leader Dan Burris’s book Flash Foresight has been a gem for me for identifying new developments on the horizon.
The Internet is also a great place to source relevant information that will help you stay current. Here are a few of my favorite sites:
This popular social media tool offers a constant stream of information through short sound bites for quick readability. “My approach to staying up to date is using Twitter,” says Stephanie Tran of PhoneZoo. And Twitter handles such as @mashable or @techcrunch fill my feeds with up-to-the-second news about what’s going on in the tech field. It’s amazing how 140 characters can seemingly be so little but convey such a powerful message.”
This crowd-sourcing site is growing in popularity and for good reason. It’s a great place to post questions on just about anything and get a response from citizen experts around the globe.
This site is jam-packed with videos from top business and world leaders on just about any topic imaginable. The brightest of the bright hangout and share here.
FC has long been my favorite print and online source for transformative ideas and trends. Every transitioning professional should read it from cover to cover every month.
Lots of fresh perspectives are shared daily on this high-octane, business networking site. You can even set up your own forum here and moderate a discussion.
Staying current is no easy task, but one that is vitally important for breaking into or sustaining your momentum in your career field. So grab a book or get online and start investing in your future today.
Michael Scott, Career Velocity LLC