The modern business world is constantly changing and the rate of change is getting faster and faster every year. Being part of this dynamic environment is fascinating and motivating but keeping up with the ever expanding new technological developments might sometimes be a daunting task.
And as technology is changing quicker and quicker, sometimes the old ways of increasing your expertise are becoming less and less efficient. Universities are having a harder time to keep up and there is simply too much things to look at and take into account.
That’s why we’ve complied this short list of unconventional ways you could expand your expertise that might be a bit outside of the norm, but that could actually help you expand your skills and knowledge and actually become a more competitive professional in the labor market in the long run, commanding better jobs and higher salaries due to your unconventional skills and experiences.
Option 1: Quit Your Job!
If you are reading this, chances are your job is not providing you with all the personal growth you are looking for. This means that as nice as the security of the steady paycheck might be, it’s holding you back from developing to your full potential. If you are ambitious and brave enough, one unconventional way to advance your career might be to straight up quit your job right now. It might be a scary prospect, but it will allow you to try devoting your full attention to a startup of your own.
If you can afford to cover your living costs for about a year, this is a great route to gain practical new skills and a lot of credibility and respect. Best of all, most startups actually fail so even if you try your hand at it and don’t find success, you will have learned an immense amount of new skills and knowledge in the process and would actually be a more attractive person to hire afterwards.
Option 2: Move to a New Country
The expression “No one is a prophet in their own land” might sound a bit outdated and obscure to some, but it holds absolutely true in the business world today. So if you want to get some better professional opportunities, you should search for a job in a different country. Keep in mind that as far from home the country you are going to both geography and culturally is, the more beneficial the relocation would be for the expansion of your expertise.
When you start working for a company on the other side of the globe even if it’s the exact same type of job or industry, you will still find yourself in a vastly unfamiliar environment and would have to adapt to brand new approaches to doing things. This will teach you a lot and will allow you to take the best of both worlds as a result. Additionally, being an expat will allow you to land better job not just because of prejudice but because many companies will value the different type of experience and point of view you will bring to their organization as much as you should value the culture shock of moving to a new country.
As a bonus, living in a foreign country will allow you to get some foreign education along the way. If you are living in Singapore for example, you could enroll in a course at the local university or you could even get some great help with tuition subjects.
Option 3: Become a Blogger
If writing and/or reading is something you enjoy, becoming a blogger might be a nice way to expand your professional expertise. What you can do is start writing about topics that are directly related to your profession. As you start writing more and more and as your blog starts expanding, you will start getting into more and more detail in your articles. You may be certain you understand most aspects of your job in detail, but when you start writing about it, you will start discovering new subtle nuances that make a lot of difference and this will help you grow professionally.
People say that the best way to really understand something is to try to explain it to others. Having a blog provides you with a platform to do this on regular basis and if you are persistent in your efforts, it’s going to help you expand your knowledge and understanding both further and deeper. On top of this, having a consistently updated and well-written blog will help you command more respect in your own field and would surely boost your career.