NEW YEAR, NEW SKILL
If you’ve been at your job for a while, you may feel that you’ve learned all there is to know about it. But why not take a new look at your work in the new year? Will 2012 bring change to your industry from new technology, new markets, or new competitors?
Stay ahead of the career game and keep yourself mentally healthy by seeking out learning opportunities. AARP recommends these learning avenues:
- Classes—Check into company or community classes on skills that you’d like to develop, such as speaking Spanish or using computer software. You may be able to do this online. Check the “Education + Training” section at http://www.careeronestop.org/.
- Mentoring—Is there someone at work whose skills and competence you admire? Consider asking if he or she will mentor you in the business. This could include cross-training and supervisory skills training.
- Volunteer—Find community agencies that need assistance in the skills you would like to develop and that will let you learn while you volunteer. Check http://www.volunteermatch.org/.