The Tasks in this recently updated online resource will help you take responsibility for 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.

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Introduction to How to Become a Modern Professional – FREE to view

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.

Task 5.1: Establish sharing as part of your daily routine

Task 5.2: Add value to what you share

Task 5.3: Share your own resources

Task 5.4: Work out loud

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