The online social media can certainly expand your professional circles, but don’t underestimate the professional value of participating in a SIG related to your technical expertise and/or passion. The discussions and presentations made at these meetings can greatly enhance your technical knowledge and expertise. You may also find it fun, based on the new likeminded people you will meet who are interested in this type of meeting.
Watch educational videos on YouTube and Vimeo rather than sitcom reruns (fun, techie, will help at work)
Ok, fun is a stretch on this one, but how about also watching a couple of fun YouTube videos and we’ll call it even. Regarding educational videos, the quantity of quality of educational material on YouTube is remarkable. Use it to expand your technical and business knowledge.
In closing, I hope I have answered your question in a way that is of value to you. The trick here is to keep learning and keep participating. It’s good for you, good for your career, good for the world, and maybe even a little bit of fun.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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