The only thing constant in this world is change. With the fast-paced world today, it’s more fitting more than ever. Many companies have closed down because they didn’t catch up with the trends.
And it’s the same with our freelancing careers. We need to be updated with our skills to stay relevant in our industry. With that, here are 7 practices to ensure that.
Update Your Nearest Skill Set
There are so many skills available on the internet and offline courses today that you might be confused about where to start.
There are new digital marketing trends. Content writing and copywriting are evolving. How about the emergence of chatbots? It’s hard to choose when everything seems to be the right choice.
So I suggest, update your nearest skill set. Yes, you will learn a lot of things with every option. But let’s face it. We don’t really have all the time in the world.
Out of all the training available out there, which one will directly impact your career the most? If you’re a content writer, a copywriting or an SEO course might be a more suitable learning module than digital marketing.
If you’re a programmer, an emerging programming language might be the better choice over a podcasting class. There is no wrong choice — only wrong timing. So choose wisely.
Join and PARTICIPATE in Specialized Groups in Your Industry
Social media is more than just showing your vacation photos or what you eat daily. It can be a tool for progress. There are countless specialized Facebook and LinkedIn groups that you can join into.
It’s good to join these groups so that you can see what people are talking about. These conversation pieces are usually the start of trends in your industry. Participate in those discussions and learn along the way.
Join Forums, Quora, and Reddit Topics in Your Industry
Another suitable place to find those essential updates is on forums, Quora, and Reddit threads. Find targeted threads that talk about your industry. The sentiment and discussions of your fellow men can give you valuable information on what’s currently going on in the industry.
Follow Websites and Blogs of Influencers and Organizations in Your Industry
Other than the sources above, you can look for people who are industry experts and follow their social media and blogs. These valuable influencers can share treasured resources in your career. These are not limited to just people, though. Some organizations in your industry can be an excellent resource as well
Go and subscribe to their newsletter (if they have any) to get weekly or monthly updates.
Listen to Podcasts and Watch Videos
“You don’t like reading” is not an excuse.
If you’re not the type who likes to read, podcasts and youtube channels in your niche is a useful source as well. The world today is shifting to consuming this type of media. That’s why more and more people are creating relevant content for different topics using such.
Find these beneficial channels and learn as much as possible.
Attend Networking Events and Workshops
Networking events in your industry (e.g. Working Remote for the Freelancing Industry) can give you useful insights to more forward. You will meet like-minded people who can be instrumental to your growth.
And who knows, you might even befriend someone influential enough to be your mentor.
Get a Mentor
And speaking of a mentor, having someone successful to coach you will take you leaps and bounds in your industry. They know what is currently trending and they can guide you to prepare for it. Not to mention, you can ask them for advice whenever you don’t know which to do first.
Find your mentor and shortcut your learning curve for your career.
Honing your skills is essential to be relevant as long as you can. It’s a never-ending cycle of learning new things and improving yourself.
With these 7 practices, I hope improving yourself can now be a habit for your career. Good luck!