The Tasks in this online resource will help you take charge of your own self-improvement and self-development. It’s your career so you need to be in control of it. Intermittent training or studying is no longer enough, you need to be continuously curious and finding things out in a variety of ways.
Each Task in this resource should take you 20-30 minutes to complete. You don’t have to work through them sequentially, you can dip in and out as you like.
SECTION 1: Get Started
In this section, you will find out what it means to be a modern lifelong learner, and how to set up a Work/Learning Journal and a Digital Portfolio.
Task 1.1: Why become a Modern Professional Learner
Task 1.2: Become self-reliant and self-sufficient
Task 1.3: Develop a growth mindset
Task 1.4: Commit time for continuous planned learning
Task 1.5: Set up a Work or Learning Journal
Task 5.6: Set up a Digital Portfolio
SECTION 2: Get the most out of your daily work experiences
In this section, you will find out how to record and reflect on your daily work experiences, make the most of your manager, and address your own performance problems.
Task 2.1: Reflect on your daily work experiences
Task 2.2: Record your reflections in your work journal
Task 2.3: Manage up
Task 2.4: Ask your manager for feedback
Task 2.5: Ask your manager for a stretch assignment
Task 2.6: Solve your own performance problems – with Google
Task 2.7: Make use of some clever Google tricks
Task 2.8: Validate the resources you find
Task 2.9: Cite the sources you use
Task 2.10: Find a mentor
SECTION 3: Learn constantly from your professional network
In this section, you will find out how to build a collection of people around you who will bring you value, and with whom you can interact and learn on an ongoing basis.
Task 3.1: What is a professional network?
Task 3.2: Why do you need a professional network?
Task 3.3: Analyse your existing network
Task 3.4: Who should you have in your network?
Task 3.5: The importance of a diverse professional network
Task 3.6: How many people should you have in your network?
Task 3.7: Build your network slowly
Task 3.8: Where do you find new people to connect with?
Task 3.9: Use in-person events to build your network
Task 3.10: How do you network effectively?
Task 3.11: Use social networking sites to build your network
Task 3.12: Use Twitter to build your network
Task 3.13: Use Twitter Lists to organise your professional network
Task 3.14: Use TweetDeck to manage your professional network
Task 3.15: Use Twitter to take part in conference backchannels
Task 3.16: Participate in live Twitter chats
Task 3.17: Use LinkedIn to network
Task 3.18: How much time should you spend networking each day?
Task 3.19: Connect services using IFTTT
Task 3.20: Review your network from time to time
SECTION 4: Learn constantly from a flow of daily content on the Web
In this section you will discover some easy ways you can keep up to date with your industry and profession on a daily basis – as well as how you can ensure you stay on top of it all.
Task 4.1: How to keep up to date on the Web
Task 4.2: Read a daily article from an online magazine
Task 4.3: Read a daily blog post
Task 4.4: Subscribe to magazines and blogs using Feedly
Task 4.5: Save stuff to read later using Pocket
Task 4.6: Read a book abstract every day
Task 4.7: Take a micro-course
Task 4.8: Watch a daily video to inform, educate or inspire you
Task 4.9: Listen to a daily podcast
Task 4.10: Participate in a webinar
Task 4.11: Get daily email alerts of new resources with Google Alerts
Task 4.12: Get the top stories shared in your professional network with Nuzzel
Task 4.13: Set up curated content pages with Scoopit
Task 4.14: Set up your personal daily magazine on Flipboard
Task 4.15: Take a web course
SECTION 5: Share relevant and useful stuff
In this section you will find out how to share what you learn and achieve with your colleagues – inside and outside your organisation.
SECTION 6: Use a formal process of professional self-development
In this section you will find out how to apply a formal process of professional self-development, if required to do so by your organisation.
Task 6.1: Understand the formal professional self-development process
Task 6.2: Start your Self-Development plan
Task 6.3: Set your professional SMART goals
Task 6.4: Identify the resources you will use to achieve your goals
Task 6.5: Explain how you will evidence your achievements