What have you done to stay up to date in your area or career?

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What have you done to stay up to date in your area or career?

Follow the industry trends?

take certifications?

learn from your seniors?

Go to school to study more?

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The q is very much welcomed. I think, the first three points i.e.
Follow the industry…..,
Take certifications….
and Learn from your….. are co-related to each other. When any person takes certification he/she must consider the current industry scenario. Because his/her employment depends according to his /her working capacity, knowledge on the same area (which may earns from doing a certification) and so on.

Today market is so competitive that certification is not only considerable. Any esteemed company / industry looks what potential the employee has and how he / she can use in a cost effective way regarding working area.

For this reason of competitive market, I think seniors are not interested to teach or guide to their juniors in a proper way. You may extract very little of knowledge from them, but they never deliver the whole to any juniors. This is the trend, I have experienced.

Of course, certification has solid value and (global obviously) current employers want that their employees are very well educated and have global certification on their working area.
And the last point, I am focusing, School study….. so my point of view, in our professional career, school study ends when any person enters into his/her professional life. Obviously, in school life he/she must gets a strong high quality academic degree and has consistency of track good record.
This article is written entirely what my thoughts and my experience !

Good Luck !

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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    Good points. I think having a mentor will help with learning from seniors. I think you just have to find the right person who is not threatened by you and who can share the knowledge with you. You can learn from each other.
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  • CharlieBrowne
    I just atttend the RPG and DB2 Summit. Folloiwing items on this website has also been very helpful to me. Getting out of the habit of doing things the same way I have been doing them for years. I am always read ing researching new ways to do things.
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    good point charliebrowne... its important not to continue to do something the same way just because tat is wat u have always done......
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  • carlosdl
    I read a lot. And I agree with CharlieBrowne; participating here (ITKE) has been very helpful for me to stay up to date.
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  • TomLiotta
    I read a lot. I came to this question to put that answer here, but Carlosdl gave it first. And participation here and elsewhere helps me a lot. I'll ask for clarification often because I want to understand the question. Somebody else might provide an answer that I can learn from (and the site benefits, helping make it more useful.) I offer answers when no other answers appear -- if I'm wrong, I learn when someone corrects me. Gather info by studying. Test info by participating. Give back info to the community just because it can help the entire community. Tom
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    I agree participating here has helped me a lot too.
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  • Meandyou
    reading (real and web), practicing, user groups, seminars (real and web), ... I'm old enough now to coast to retirement, so I may not bother learning anything new.
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    Meandyou... well then you know it all... I guess you can start teaching... so we can learn from you
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  • SbElectric
    A keen desire, hunger for knowledge, and look up problems as an opportunity and challenge. Get out of silos, open your mind to new ideas. Earn certifications not for “bragging” rights but to truly “understand” the content and embrace the continually changing/evolving environment. Support IT Knowledge Exchange.
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    so true SbElectric
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  • Meandyou
    Shillu13, I have never claimed to "know it all" but I do know quite a bit. And every version of the RDBMSes I support requires enough learning to keep me plenty busy. Not mention new versions of OSes and all of the 3rd party software (e.g. monitors, reporting tools). As for teaching, every time we help someone we are teaching. (Well, sometimes we are teaching. Other times the one we are helping just wants someone to fix it.) Even used to hold regular "classes" at my work place. But I have no desire to pursue teaching as a career. No, when I retire from full-time employment, in the not too distant future, I want to fish & vacation & recreate & all that fun stuff. And get more involved in my hobbies and my church.
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  • jinteik
    I guess for this you will need to have the desire to go further in the field that you are doing. once you have this desire you will not go wrong...what i did on my 1st job is i kept on learning myself and getting the seniors to teach me on some of the stuff i never know before..from there i had to read a lot and do a lot of research on the Internet to learn more.. ITKE also help me to learn new stuff too
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    sounds fun meandyou
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    Jinteik.. good point
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  • CompleteITProfessional
    I've tried to follow trends, take certifications, and learn from seniors to improve my career. I think the most important one is to learn from seniors. Their experience in the IT field is invaluable and some of the best things I've done or learnt has been because of something that someone more experienced has shown me.
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