If there is one piece of advice that any billionaire will give you it’ll probably be something along the lines of don’t stop learning. Whether someone tells you to get another degree, to read more, to work harder, to try new things, or to talk to new people, the core of each of these things is to continue learning. Once you graduate, whether it’s high school or college, your education doesn’t stop there. You can be a few short steps away from retirement and still be learning. Becoming better at your job, or a better person begins with learning new things. They don’t have to be large, momentous things, like learning how to do open heart surgery (unless you’re trying to become a heart surgeon, in which case you should definitely learn how to do that), it can be seemingly small and insignificant like learning how to take a different route to work, or how to cook the perfect fried egg. There are very few things you can learn that aren’t going to help make your life more robust, both professionally and personally.
If you’re looking to grow in your career, I can promise you one thing, you are going to get nowhere if you aren’t actively learning new things. No matter what industry you are in, no matter how much technology affects your position, no matter what level you are, learning new things will only help your job growth. Learning doesn’t always mean sitting down and reading a textbook, learning can mean doing. If you’re offered to do something that you haven’t done before, do it! No matter how the experience turns out, good or bad, you can learn from it. Did everything crash and burn? You know not what to do next time. Rome wasn’t built in a day! The lightbulb wasn’t made on the first try! Cliché, I know, but you get my point.
Apprehensive to try new things? That’s fine! Go the standard route and take classes and read. I make it a point to sign up for at least one webinar a month. I just graduated college, and you’d think sitting down and taking notes on a PowerPoint presentation would be the last thing I want to do, but I love it! I’m learning things that I would never have learned in a college classroom. As a marketer, the internet is littered with blogs, podcasts, webinars, eBooks, and other materials outlining the latest trends, how to become Instagram famous, and how to craft the perfect email marketing campaign, so I’m lucky, I know not all industries can be this saturated with education materials. But all it takes is a short Google, a look through LinkedIn, or a walk to the local bookstore or library. You never know what you’re going to find. Just today I found a blog dedicated to Pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, in school and out of school, that made reading about medications entertaining. TL;DR Pharmacy, just like their slogan says, is Pharmacy Simplified. Even me, someone who doesn’t know a lick about pharmacy other than what I’ve been taught at work, was entertained and found myself reading more and more. So give your industry a Google, try “Podcasts for Pharmacists” or “Blogs for Nurses” or “webinars for medical assistants” or “conferences for CNAs” and see what pops up.
Don’t find ANYTHING in your field? I beg you to try digging a little deeper than the first page of Google, but if you’re still lost, consider what you can do to help. Do you know if there are a lot of technically worded textbooks that explain new concepts in your field, but they don’t make all that much sense? Start a blog, or a podcast, or a YouTube Channel and revamp the topics and make them more entertaining and every day! These outlets take a varying amount of time and require little to no monetary investment to start, and you can make money off of them if you gain enough traffic. And if there truly is no non-technical educational resources out there in your industry, the demand is there and you’ll probably gain a hefty load of traffic.
To make a long story longer, don’t stop learning. Pick up a book, read a blog, listen to a podcast, do something, anything! There is a very little chance that you will take the time to learn something new and regret learning it, unless it’s witchcraft and you accidentally hex someone, but other than that I think you’re better off learning.