1. Identify useful skills: You might fear being made obsolete in your industry but not know what skills you should pick up to remain relevant. Research where your industry is headed by reading industry publications and visiting blogs. Also talk to people in your field who are moving up the ranks. Figure out what skills they have that are in demand.
2. Set goals: Learning is hard. You might become frustrated as you try to master material that is foreign to you. To help you push through, set some goals.
For example, you might need to learn how to use Excel. However, you should identify exactly what you want to learn to do with Excel. Be as specific as possible.
3. Break down skills into component parts. Every skill is made up of sub-skills. By tackling each sub-skill individually, you’ll build momentum and find the learning process easier.
4. Identify your barriers to learning: So many things can interfere with learning, e.g., young children, a demanding job, other commitments. To succeed, you’ll need to identify these barriers and come up with creative ways to work around them.
5. Focus. You’ll make the biggest gains by applying concentrated effort to something.The first few hours of learning a skill are the hardest, but also the most important. Clear away all distractions and give 100% from the very beginning.
6. Network outside of work: The best way to survive a layoff is to have a well-developed network you can lean on when it comes time to find a new job. Accordingly, you need to network even while employed.
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