How do you upgrade your skill set while working a full time job?
What do you recommend to upgrade your skill set? (time management conference, people skills mastermind, IT training, customer service audit, pyschological assessment, etc)
Doing online courses will be a great start , you also now get some self paced courses which will suit your schedule as long as you can spare an hour or two in the week . Also some sites offer free courses from reputable universities like Harvard and MIT check this out https://www.edx.org/ , there are many other options as well.
This really depends on the industry. In my case, I applied my craft after-hours on personal projects that allowed me to test different concepts to see what worked best. I've also read everything on SEO, media buying, and social media, so I've been able to pick up new tips and tricks that worked wonderfully for clients.
Conferences can be quite expensive, but very rewarding if you're still a novice in certain industries. That said, workshops are much better for you in the long run than some business conferences, as the main goal for 80% of people attending conferences is to generate new business.
I am a big believer in the value of LinkedIn to network. I've found my last three full time jobs through LinkedIn and now I as a consultant I use it extensively to prospect. Having said that, LinkedIn recently purchased Lynda.com, which is an online learning resource. With your paid LinkedIn account, you have full access to all of the Lynda.com courses. Their courses are top notch and cover everything from business software to new skills. It's two great resources for the price of one.
Time management;people skills mastermind; excel
Have a career planning discussion with your boss. Let your boss know the areas you would like to develop your skills. A good boss will work with you to find ways to layer in responsibilities that help your develop at least some of those skills while also helping the company (plus maybe even helping your boss too).
I tend to arrange a knowledge exchange with someone who wants to know more about my role, so that at the same time I can learn more about theirs. This means that I usually end up better understanding how my current skill set applies to their particular role, and gives me a targeted angle on how to improve my skills.
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Great question Denise! It is just as important to continue to work on personal development skills, as it is to continue to work towards mastering your specialized skills. I learn the most from my colleagues around me. Share resources with them, ebooks, helpful infographics you come across, go to networking events with them. Take advantage if your company offers any additional classes or seminars for attend. These recommendations are all easy to find time for when you fit them into your everyday work routine.
Learning while working - I thrive to implement new techniques or tools in my work :) e.g. MS Excel I learned completely alone, by reading help files
Don't put too many ball in one basket choose only two area to start with you can get lot of stuff on goggle read it compare with your present standard improve your weak point do it at least one month ,just do web searching