Learning Doesn’t Stop Once You Have The Job

Congratulations, you’ve done it! You landed your first job. You bought new clothes, printed some business cards, and even decorated your cubicle. But, what comes next? Related: 5 Ways To Develop Your Skills On The Job No matter how excited you are for that first paycheck, it’s important to keep learning beyond what’s required in your job description. Here’s how:


1. Find A Mentor

Sometimes, the best resources are sitting in a desk nearby. Reach out to a new co-worker(s) and find out their story. At one point, they were sitting where you are now and probably have a few tips to pass on. Also, it doesn’t help to make friends!

2. Volunteer

Offer your services to nonprofits in your area. Reaching out not only makes you feel good, but can help you learn how to solve new problems you haven’t faced yet. It can also help you generate ideas for your day job!

3. Take Advantage Of Company Discounts

Sometimes companies offer discounts to industry publications and professional associations to help you stay involved with and up-to-date about your profession. Find out if your company offers any and subscribe to/join your favorites to stay in the loop.

4. Join LinkedIn Groups And Twitter Chats

LinkedIn and Twitter have endless opportunities to keep you learning. On LinkedIn, find a few groups you like and tune into news items and discussions. On Twitter, use Web sites like hashtags.org to find live discussions going on about your area of interest. This will help you reach people outside of your network and connect with new and experienced professionals.

5. Set Up Google Alerts

Think of subjects concerned with your profession you’d like to know more about and set up alerts for the latest news. This will help you stay up-to-date on your areas of interest without having to sort through multiple Web sites yourself.

6. Stay Humble

Don’t think just because you’ve finally landed your dream job you can call yourself an expert. No matter what industry you are in, there is always so much more to learn. Stay open-minded, and you’ll be surprised how many opportunities come your way.

But Why?

When you’re in the middle of learning the ropes of your new employer, outside learning can fall to the wayside. It may seem understandable while you get acclimated, but it can really do a disservice to your future career goals.
  • It may not be Scantron, but at some point you’ll definitely be tested again. If you go to a company mixer or a conference, your peers will be talking about unfolding events. You need to have something to bring to the table, whether or not you’re sitting at your desk. Continuing to learn will help you feel confident about your contributions.
  • It’s not your manager’s responsibility to teach you everything you’ll ever learn about your industry. Your manager will teach you a lot while you are under his or her supervision, but you can’t rely on them for everything. Take the initiative to learn more, and you will undoubtedly impress your employer.
  • You’ll improve the skills you already had and gain a few more. No doubt everyone could use a little improvement. By continuing to learn, you can add new skills to your basket and you can sharpen the ones you already had. It will give you much more reason to tout those skills when you need to.
  • Don’t be 'that guy.' You know the type. The know-it-all who is actually really outdated. If you aren’t continuing to learn with the rest of us, your peers and managers won’t have confidence in your input.
  • Stay out of the dark. You don’t want to be caught off guard by news in your industry that could affect your job status.
The very beginning of your career is the perfect time to get in the habit of staying in tune with your industry so you aren’t facing a mountain of information later. Congratulations on your new beginning and good luck! This post was originally published on an earlier date.

Related Posts

5 Steps To Take Control Of Your Career 4 Self-Perceptions Can Improve Your Career 7 Sacrifices You Need To Make To Advance Your Career Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you caught our last video in our latest series, "Well This Happened..." you heard about the problem one of our viewers is having with their co-worker. To recap, they have a colleague that overshares a little too much, and they weren't sure how to go about addressing this. We had some great responses from our viewers on how they think our friend should handle this. Check out the answer below and let us know if you guessed right or not!

SHOW MORE Show less

Negotiating salary can be a scary, intimidating experience. However, if you go in prepared, it doesn't have to be that way - you can confidently negotiate for a salary you deserve. But how?

SHOW MORE Show less