Knowing when and how to get the skills you need to stay relevant and competitive in today’s job market can be tough. But there are some key indicators that your industry is moving along without you. Taking time to brush up your resume on a regular basis and apply your skill sets and experience against the roles you are interested in is a good way to gauge whether you are where you need to be to continue on a successful career trajectory.

The rapid evolution of technology and tools shaping the industry are difficult to stay on top of. But if you notice you are hiring people with completely different skill sets than what you built your career on, you know that it’s time to invest in some new skills to stay on top of the curve.  But doing so doesn’t have to mean going back to school full stop. There are many flexible training programs and professional development programs that offer the opportunity to learn new skills and explore new interests. Here’s a look at just a few opportunities that are better suited for a seasoned professional.

Targeted Education and Training Programs

Furthering your education through targeted education or training programs through your current place of employment can help prepare you for growth opportunities within your company. This is especially helpful for those individuals interested in staying within their current industry yet increasing levels of responsibility and strategic tasks to continue on their chosen career path. This sort of training is often encouraged and sometimes even funded by the companies to help foster leadership progression from within a company. This cuts back on the expense and time required to recruit and hire externally and additionally creates a long term sense of loyalty and commitment that is difficult to find from short term employees.

Professional Development Programs

While often more broadly focused than a specific skill set development, in-house professional development seminars or access to conferences and workshops can open many doors for employees looking to expand their horizons. Brown-bag lunch sessions where employees are able to discuss their own successes and obstacles in a casual setting can create the learning environment needed to inspire a sense of exploration and growth. Furthermore, incorporating such programs into your regular workflow shows that as a company you are committed to the professional development and long-term growth of your staff. This is a great way to stay on top of industry changes and trends without diving into returning to school full time.

Mentorship Programs

Similar to professional development programs, a mentor can have a powerful impact on the growth of a career. Mentors offer guidance and advice when otherwise information might simply be unavailable. While some of the best mentor-mentee relationships grow organically, there are a number of things employers can do to encourage such interactions. They can help you identify when and where you need to grow in order to stay in the running for the long term.

Stay Relevant with Williams Staffing

For more tips on how best to stay relevant in a fast-shifting economy, connect with the recruiters at Williams staffing today.

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