Are you going out of your way to become the best version of yourself?
Every day you have the potential to learn something new, whether that be a new skill like coding or a new language so that you can connect with a wide variety of individuals. Today, I am going to provide you with three different resources that will make learning a part of your everyday life while also keeping your professional goals in mind. The main opportunities that you have for becoming a profession that continues to grow intellectually would be to attend conferences, taking courses on Lynda and learning others cultures.
Living the conference lifestyle. Conferences can seem like an overwhelming challenge for many young professionals because of networking with other professionals or being able to grasp so much information in a short amount of time. Do not fear, I have already suffered through my first ever conference and I have some tips to give to you so that when you walk through those doors you will be prepared for anything. I attended the University of Florida’s Retailing Smarter conference in June 2016. This opportunity was given to me by the David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center within the University of Florida’s Heavener Business School. The annual Retail Smarter Conference “brings together a diverse group of retail and industry participants for two days of speakers, panels, round-tables and networking,” while also providing insight the world of retail. There are some tips to remember:
There are some tips to remember:
- Research, research, research. There is nothing more awkward than meeting a presenter and not knowing what company they represent. Most conferences will give you an agenda with the speaker’s name and company so that you have the chance to research more about them.
- Bring the correct items. Laptop or phone charges, enough business cards and proper business clothes.
- Stay organized. Once you have the itinerary you should have a game plan for what you want to attend and the amount of time you should allocate to getting there. Between the multiple breakout sessions, you will come away with more notes, names and numbers than you can possibly remember.
To help you find a conference that is best suited for your interest, here is a link that will connect you to any conference in your area.
Utilizing Lynda. The definition directly from Lynda.com states that it is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.” Recently I finished an online course through the University of Florida called Solving Problems with Computer Software and this course used Lynda to become familiarized with products like Microsft Excel and Word. We also needed to explore the different applications it provides such as learning how to code and using Photoshop. This could create a wonderful extension to your resume with the skills you will learn through the different lesson plans.
International learning. The photo towards the title of this blog is a snapshot of me and an international student from Taiwan studying Mechanical Engineering to obtain her masters degree and is learning English at the same time. I participate as a conversation partner for the English Language Institute a the University of Florida. This is an opportunity to learn something about a culture you do not identify with and to build a connection with someone who can give you insight on international customs if you decide to venture abroad for a career.
Overall, your goal should be to always prepared to learn and establish new skills in order to further pursue a passionate career.
Here is a quote to leave you with about the importance of learning.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
– Mahatma Gandhi