How to keep learning new technical skills

Whether you are considering going for a promotion, changing jobs, or simply want to stay relevant in your field, learning new technical skills will always benefit you. In healthcare, there are many skills to cultivate, including both hard and soft skills. Examples of technical skills utilized in healthcare include staff management, project management, budgeting, quality assurance, and client billing. Equally essential are soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, that allow you to build strong interpersonal relationships. Acknowledging the importance of these skills is the first step, but now you must work on obtaining them. Here are some tips on how to keep learning new technical skills: 

  • Search for in-demand skills for your job 

Research job postings for your current or desired job and assess the skills listed in the job description. Do they list skills that you do not yet possess or can be improved? This will help you gauge what you need to learn. Additionally, you can look up leaders in your field on social media and see what skills they list that you can adopt.  

  • Read literature 

Staying current with journals and news articles will give you a sense of new developments, practice changes, and worthwhile skills to pursue. This is another way to battle complacency and keep yourself interested in learning new skills.  

  • Make a plan 

Draft a professional development plan for yourself by highlighting the skills you wish to learn and mapping out how you will obtain those skills. The plan could entail attending conferences or workshops, undergoing extra training, seeking out mentors, obtaining certification, and other means.  

  • Attend workshops  

Seek out online tutorials or in-person workshops that your hospital or clinic may provide to learn new IT skills. Currently, there is a national shift towards telemedicine. It might be advantageous to incorporate telemedicine into your practice to reach a broader patient population.  

  • Volunteer  

Since the best way to learn a skill is to practice it, you could volunteer to take on a project that requires your new skill. Using your new skill in a real-world setting will quickly show you how well you grasp the skill.  

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