It’s very true that we get out of life exactly what we put into it. It’s a hard lesson to learn when we start moving out of our formal education, because while this takes time and effort to achieve, the structure of being a student can insulate us from the outside world. Then, when we have real professional decisions to make about our career, we can see that it’s rare we are given free assistance.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make great use of your time, especially pertaining to widening your skillset. In fact, the sooner you are able to do this in your 20s or as part of a refresher course, you can better reap the rewards going forward. However, it takes time and energy to get this right, and as we only have a certain amount of time to get our bases covered, we need to choose our approach wisely.
As such, it’s important to select training options that widen your professional potential while still serving as transferable skills, within or without your industry. Here are a few examples:
The primary skills you may wish to train are skills that directly contribute to the job or field you hope to spend most of your time in each day. For instance, for some this may mean taking part in phlebotomy training, or in adequately investing in their first aid qualifications each year. For others, it may mean pushing themselves to become accredited in a higher and vital registration service to access a more premium degree of clients. The more you focus on your particular career, the more you’ll fly within that role.
Secondary skills can be regarded as those skills that help you develop via means that are not directly attributable to your particular career, but can make a difference. For instance, taking public speaking courses can help you become more confident when presenting ideas to your team, or when needing to lead people. Secondary skills can last with you throughout many careers, and may in general help you widen your professionalism. Learning how to use brief, clear language in emails, studying competitors in your industry, or learning how to communicate carefully can all be considered in this context.
Tertiary skills can be considered skills that round you out as a human, and thus are bound to come with you from job t job. For instance, how well you dress yourself and how well cut your suit is can make a greater impression when applying and interviewing for jobs. Learning to keep disciplined and affable even under pressure can be trained by undertaking adventure training, or a range of other considerations. The more you are able to better yourself in this context and generally go for what life has to offer you, the more you will value professional life in the best way.
With this advice, you’re sure to widen your skillset as a responsible professional.