Social media, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and many more technological advancements are rapidly changing the world as we know it, and how we interact with it.
(Psst! Can't get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) While change is good, too much change can feel overwhelming, especially if technology isn't your strong suit.
Not being the most technologically aware person can put a major damper in your job search or cause you to fall behind in your career if your company is always innovating and changing software. But if you're still rocking a flip phone, surfing on Myspace, or struggling to incorporate technology into your everyday workflow, all is not lost. Here are a few simple ways you can become tech savvy in your career:
See The Value In Digital (ASAP)
If you find yourself constantly in fear of or rejecting new platforms and software, it might be worth it to change your perspective. Some people aren't that tech savvy simply because they aren't open to change or doing things a different way. While it's okay to get into a routine, being stubborn in this area can cause you to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, and could set you apart from other candidates (or co-workers) in a bad way.
That's why it's important that you try to see the positive side of technology. While there are downsides to technology, without it, you might not know what the weather would be like in a week, be able to reconnect with a friend, or do your job efficiently. There are two sides to every coin, but it's all in how you perceive it.
Get Into The Habit Of Learning And Exploring
Another reason you might find yourself in the technologically disadvantaged group is because you're not testing the waters or exploring what's out there. Getting online or adding a bit of technology to your life is simple, it just depends on how you'd like technology to benefit your life or career.
Let's say you'd like to be able to control or monitor various aspects of your home, you might look into purchasing a Google Home or an Amazon Echo. If you were interested in becoming a social media guru, you might start by creating your own social profiles or taking a small online course on social media or digital marketing.
Just because you're not that tech savvy now doesn't mean you can't become tech savvy. So, get into the habit of exploring and discover all the possibilities available to you in the world.
Some people have an innate ability to pick up any skill or use the latest device without much difficulty, but for others, this could prove a challenge. While you're working on changing your perspective and exploring new technologies, it's important to remember to ask questions, no matter how silly they seem. Whether it's through a forum online or at work, you should always be asking questions and seeking to gain a better understanding of how things work, especially those that impact your life and career directly.
The more willing you are to learn about new technology, the more you'll benefit in both your personal and professional life. It's important to remember that new technology is always going to be incorporated into the workforce and failure to keep up could have a negative impact on your career.
So, stay a step ahead, embrace the challenge and become a tech savvy worker.
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