One of the biggest mistakes some make at work is letting themselves plateau. They do the same thing on a daily basis without ever learning anything new. Not only is learning new skills and techniques beneficial for your current job, but it looks great on a resume and can even help you land a new job in the future. I've heard many say how they feel they've plateaued at their current job; they're not learning anything else but they don't really have an answer as to why that is. If you want to help out your career, there's a few tips for learning new skills at work that can make you even more of an asset at your job.
Ask for more responsibility
If you want to learn something new at work, then ask how to go about doing it. However, just make sure not to appear as though you're kissing up. Be specific with what you want to learn. For example, ask your boss if it's possible that you learn a new program and explain how you think it would benefit you.
Don't hesitate to ask questions
While you're learning a new skill, don't hesitate to ask any questions. There's no problem with first trying to figure out the answer yourself, but when it comes to work where you're learning a new skill and have the chance to ask questions, it's not necessarily a bad idea to do so.
Be confident or at least fake it
When you're not confident, it's going to read all over your face and in your actions. Be confident that you're going to figure out what to do regardless of what it is. Even if you're not, fake it as though you are. Bosses want someone who is confident in their abilities, not someone who is often afraid of making a move or trying something new.
Don't give up even if you want to
It might take you a dozen times to perfect the skill you're trying to learn, but once you get it down you're going to feel incredibly proud of yourself. Don't just give up if you don't get it right the first few times. Figure out what you did wrong the previous time, then keep building and improving from there.
It can be intimidating to learn a new skill at work for fear of making a mistake or looking ridiculous, but rather than looking at it in a negative way, look at it as a chance to improve yourself and better your skills. Keep focusing on that, have faith in yourself and you might be surprised just how much it can help you professionally and personally.
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