Learn about work: On the
job, learn everything about your position and then begin to learn more
about the company, the industry, the labour market. All this will
contribute to your being able to develop a "career path".
Learn about others: Be
curious and ask question of the people around you - those who enjoy
their work, have been to school, have traveled. They hold knowledge that
can broaden your horizons.
Take courses: Look for
classes offered through work or those that could lead to advancement. Or
take courses you are interested in "just for fun." Try colleges, school
boards, home study, and community centers and agencies.
Go to workshops and lectures: Many
are offered free or at minimal cost. Check billboards and community
If you are not big on
reading books, read newspapers, magazines, look at photo books or
atlases. Try "talking" books. Use the library.
Watch TV: Be more selective
by watching shows that teach you something. Try documentaries, science
and travel shows. Ask yourself: "What am I learning here?"
This is a great
way to meet new people, expand your skill base, and have fun. And it
looks great on a resume! Choose a long-term commitment or special
events. Learn something new or use skills you have.
Learn online: The internet
can be a great resource. Search for topics related to your work or
industry. Find out about places your coworkers have lived. Research new
products or new ways of doing things.
Learn in your spare time:
or listen to books on tape on the bus. Listen to radio documentaries or
discussions while you do household chores.