When is the best time to start improving your skills? You probably already know the answer; it’s now. If you start today, trust me, it will pay off.
Plan Your Career Goals
The career planning process takes time, but it’s helpful to at least start by reflecting on long-term and short-term goals. Based on your goals, you’ll be able to determine which topics deserve more of your attention. Each of us has only 24 hours at our disposal every day, so knowing how to prioritize is a must. Focus on improving skills that you’ll use in the near future.
Read Blogs, Technical Books, and News Feeds on Software Development
To keep up with the latest trends and know exactly where the developer community is heading, follow a variety of online sources with the latest news and most relevant content on the subject. It can make a big difference. Try making a list of blogs that regularly post about software development and have a light reading session for 30 minutes every day; it’s a good way to start your workday. Not a fan of blogs? Well, in this case, reading books is a great way to ensure that your skills always stay sharp. If you prefer to listen to your content, there are plenty of audiobooks and podcasts available on these topics.
Pass Regular Skill Assessments
Knowing your weak points is better than having none. Regular skill assessments are the easiest way to see how to channel your efforts. Also, quizzes and coding competitions are a great way to maintain your skills. In other words, they allow you to practice and evaluate competencies that you may not be currently applying to a project. And, if you’re looking for new projects, regular assessments will help you determine which are the best fit for you. Test yourself on these frameworks to get the best projects in the future: Vue, React, Angular, Node, React Native.
Attend Events, Conferences, and Coding Camps
Whether you have an introverted or extroverted personality, community events are valuable for your career. Have you ever considered joining meetup events in your city? You have nothing to lose. First, you’ll have fun spending time with professionals from different fields. And, it’s an efficient way to keep up with the general community spirit.
SkillValue has organized a series of exciting meetups as a part of SkillValue Tour 2020. Check it out, and let’s meet!