CAREER ADVANCEMENT / NOV. 01, 2013
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Learning New Skills: My Journey to the Blogging World

Let’s face it, half the shit you learn in University you don’t use in your everyday working life. When you are searching for a job, the description will always have certain educational expectations that you might have. Does this mean the second you get to work you will know exactly what you are doing? Highly unlikely. Though you may feel that you match your job description perfectly, this doesn’t outline what you do. With the way the world is changing - especially from a technical point of view – you will be given new tasks constantly throughout your time of employment. I’m sure you like to pretend like you know what you are doing all of the time, but the truth is, a lot of the time, you are handed tasks you have no idea how to tackle! Every so often, your boss will throw something at you, you agree to it despite having no idea how to approach the task, and then what? Google! What would we do without it? Seriously, with Google nothing is impossible. No matter what new skill you are forced to learn is, you can find out how to do it, and how to do it well with Google. This search engine was my portal to the many things to learn about the blogging world. Which brings me to the point of this article; giving you some insight on my journey to blogging!

Though I’m a marketing major which has little or nothing to do with Journalism, I have recently acquired the skill of blogging (evidently). Being hired in sales, this wasn’t in my new job description. However, as previously mentioned, when something is needed within your company, you figure how to do it! If it’s something that will benefit your company, and assist your coworkers, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone.  So I did. With a little research and Google action, I was well on my way to blogging the days away. Pretty much every and any business can benefit from having a blog, or having content written to attract traffic to their website. So this blogging thing not only is something that benefits my company, but also something that I have grown to enjoy. I am still a beginner and I have a long way to go – but luckily I am enjoying the ride and super happy to have found another outlet for my creativity, even though it doesn’t have much to do with my area of expertise.

In my opinion, there are 3 steps to learning a new skill.

  • Research
  • Practice/Implement
  • Stay Informed

The first thing is to research the skill you are trying to learn and find a reliable source to acquire your information. Once you have done this you must practice what you have learned and implement it in as many ways as possible. This part is simple. The most important thing with any new venture is to stay informed. Keep up the research. As long as I will continue blogging I will keep up to date with trends and new technology. I aim to take full advantage of the information that is available to me online so that I am able to keep me on top of everything that I am doing. I am constantly learning new ways to attract readers and better express myself through writing in order to grow as a "blogger", and practice this new skill of mine to the best of my ability.

As opportunities come and go in life, learning new things is what keeps us alive. Luckily technology and the World Wide Web make this so simple for us. So keep your brain working, no matter what age, and implement a new skill in your life today.

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