It seems so easy, we start life with a roadmap in front of us. Graduate high school, go to college, get a job. However, that's not the path for everyone. Some get a job right out of high school, others go on from college to graduate school, and some get a job while others start their own business. There is no universal road map that can funnel everyone to happiness. No matter where you end up, it's important to remmeber that learning doesn't end after graduation.
When I graduated from Temple University, I thought i'd get a job, work my nine to five, find a boyfriend, and maybe get married and have kids one day. However, as I discussed in this blog post that plan didn't end up happening. Instead I took some time off to travel and realized the daily 9 to 5 wasn't right for me. Not that that path is wrong, it just wasn't entirely for me. I found it more fulfilling to help businesses, and see the growth first hand as well as grow my own business rather than work for someone else. As I travel and met people, it opened my eyes to things I could do. If you're reading this, you most likely felt the same way at one point as well. I found I learned more after someone handed me a diploma then I did in the class room. Below are some of the ways I learn and continue to learn.
Continuing education doesn't necessarily mean going back to school. A few of the ways I continue my education is through relevant podcasts. As the industry (no matter what one you're in) grows and changes so does what you need to know. You want to do everything in your power to keep you "expert" title. So, when I drive I listen to podcasts that keep me current. Books are always a great tool because reading expands your mind and your vocabulary. I'm a visual learners so sometimes its easier for me to retain information when I see it. On the other hand, podcasts are a great tool because most podcasts are put out weekly. I read the reviews and descriptions to find a podcast that will best fit my needs. With books you could wait over a year for the most up to date information. It's important to use these tools together and expand your mind. In addition you can find free online courses to help maintain and grow your knowledge of your industry.
Okay, okay so this is a broad one. Overall, I learned more in the real world at my job than I did in school. While I was glad I had the foundation of the education that I did, actually doing marketing and market research for real companies taught me so much more. By gaining experience I learned what types of posts work for that particular company, times of day to post, and the lingo to use to get a response. Needless to say, if you’re thinking of starting your own company, Just go ahead and do it. Make sure the foundation of education is in place but you’ll learn as you go.
Have a Mentor
Having Whats better than gaining experiance in order to figure out what you need to do? How about talking and learning from someone who has already done it! Finding a mentor is so important. They say to surround yourself with successful people in order to be successful. What's even better than that is to surround yourself with people who also want to see you succeed. They don't have to be your "competition" or even in the same industry. Pick someone who knows what they're doing in business and soak up their knowledge. Remember to one day be that person for someone else when you have the chance.
Thanks for reading this blog post. I hope youre inspired to learn something new today (and everyday after that!)
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