The Case for Ongoing Training

Sometimes it seems like you barely have time to think when you’re in the office. If you’re like many technology professionals, you’re still feeling the effects of the recession on your job. Whether your team is smaller, resources are harder to come by or you’re doing the work of several people, the point is you’re busier than ever, and the day-to-day responsibilities of your role are just about all you can focus on.

Although it’s easy to do, falling into this type of situation can be extremely dangerous for your career. Why? Because you’re ignoring your need to continually update your skill set and continue moving forward professionally. Changes in technology and the IT industry happen quickly, so you must keep up to date with new trends and developments as they emerge if you hope to remain at the forefront of the field.

Pursuing training on an ongoing basis also can help your job security. The employment market is not the only place where companies look for individuals with the most advanced abilities — your current employer also appreciates workers who make the effort to keep their skills sharp and can help the firm remain competitive.

Perhaps most important, training helps ensure you are always prepared for the next step in your career. Learning new skills can allow you to take on additional projects and more demanding — and rewarding — assignments with your current organization. If you decide to explore job opportunities outside your firm, possessing…


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