Keeping up to date in your industry
- Published on Monday 29 February, 2016
- 2 min. to read
Many of us work in fast-paced jobs in industries that are constantly changing and are expected to be experts in our field.
No matter what your role is, keeping on top of industry news and changes will help you grow professionally and give you a competitive edge over others if you choose to change positions or companies.
But how do you stay up to date with changes in your industry while you’re busy getting the job done?
Find a mentor
Have a think about your current role – is there someone either within your organisation or your industry that you admire, and you believe you could learn from? Why not approach them about becoming your mentor?
Speaking regularly to someone who has experience in your industry will help you learn new information, see the industry and your career path from a different perspective and allow you to ask questions without judgement.
Mentors can also introduce you to other peer networking groups that will give you the opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable industry connections.
You don’t have to spend hours on the internet to keep up to date. Follow leading experts in your field on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to keep on top of industry news while also getting your daily social media fix.
You can also subscribe to online trade journals, blogs or newsletters and get all the most recent information delivered straight to your inbox.
To avoid your inbox getting too cluttered, set aside some time each day to read your subscriptions and delete anything that isn’t relevant or of interest to you.
Further your study
With many courses now being available online, part-time, or in the workplace, you can continue to work while you refresh the skills you need for your job, learn new ones that can help advance your career, or update your outdated industry knowledge.