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Why continuing to learn and develop helps your career: Blog Post   

Why continuing to learn and develop helps your career: Blog Post  

  This week, we have been talking about personal development and learning on our social media channels. Beyond taking time to do personal things to help develop your character or personal life, continuing to learn and develop on a career level is also very beneficial.   Once you are out of an academic setting it can be hard to continue learning, but technology changes so fast that it’s important to keep up. There are many reasons why continuing to learn is very important.   Learning something new is going to make you feel more positive – about your job, your future prospects, and yourself in general. Depending on your profession, if you don’t keep up with current developments you may rapidly fall behind those who do – whether that’s your co-workers or your competitors.   If you’re always learning, then other people will begin to view you as an expert. This respect can make lots of situations easier, for example when you’re pitching new ideas and projects to your boss, or you’re managing a team.   The more skills and knowledge you acquire, the more valuable you are as an employee. This not only gives you greater job security, but it puts you in a stronger position to receive benefits such as promotions and wage increases. The more skills and knowledge you can add to your repertoire, the more you’ll have to offer when it’s time to look for a new job.   Learning and development improves your productivity in two ways. Firstly, you acquire new skills and knowledge that make you more effective in the workplace, and secondly learning...
Issues in the Workplace with Time: Blog post

Issues in the Workplace with Time: Blog post

This week we’ve been focusing on time. It’s an important concept in life. Things that are important to us, take time. The funny thing is, the place where time and time management is most abused is in the workplace.   There are many nonverbal and verbal behaviors that are common occurrences that ruin our sense of time management.  We do rather ridiculous things with our time like: We take back-to-back meetings, which almost guarantees we’ll be late for subsequent appointments. We don’t take deadlines seriously, which leaves everybody disappointed. We double (or triple!) book, imagining, hopelessly, that we can be in three places at the same time—which, again, leaves everybody less than pleased. We give time we don’t really have. Instead of leaning into your focus, you lean out into a discussion.   Imagine this scene: Someone asks, “Can I have a minute?” You agree even though you are in the middle of something or supposed to be somewhere. You can’t give them your full attention because it is somewhere else. It is better to reschedule when you can be fully present.   Don’t fear! We can correct for our time blindness!! Instead of having distractions come whenever someone has a problem, we can block out parts of our days for welcoming interruptions. And when we make a commitment, we can immediately add it to our to-do list—or, better yet, our schedule.   It’s important to implement rules for yourself to give yourself enough time to be successful. Making time management a priority can effect your success at work and possible financial gains. It can also prioritise the time you spend...