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diversification (n.): the practice of investing in a variety of products/activities, to limit loss in the event of market failure
There was once a time when your job consisted of doing one specialty well. You were one cog in the wheel, helping to create progressive movement. But in this aggressive, sparse market in all levels of operations, the average job is changing more and more. The average job now resembles the hodgepodge to which small business owners and freelancers have always been accustomed–Extreme Multitasking!
It is no longer acceptable to push one kind of paper or to be just a paper-pusher. All jobs are demanding that workers diversify their skill sets and have more to offer than just one talent or knowledge base. Continuing Education is no longer an option but mandatory to stay relevant in this constantly changing arena. Technology, relationships, communication–for decades the telephone was the most complicated tool needed to negotiate these interrelated entities. No longer!
But never fear, there are many low cost, highly efficient ways to stay on top of your game.
Find what you need to know:
- “Attend” free online Webinars
- Engage with free online tutorials
- Take a one day refresher or introductory workshop
- Actively and regularly browse relevant blogs and posts
Once you have figured out what trends are happening and in what direction you want to go, then delve deeper. Take an online course, enroll in a certification program, or get that advanced degree. Sometimes its the small steps that make all the difference. And it may be easier than you think. Seriously, just google it. A quick Google search for “free continuing education webinars” returned over 700,000 options, in 6 different fields on the first page.
Diversification is essential to career growth! Here are some practical tips to staying one step ahead: SimplyHired
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