Continuous Learning and Career Development Webinar

Continuous Learning Career Development

"Their reach exceeded their grasp"

Have you ever felt that way? Join us tomorrow for a 30-minute BraveNewTalent webinar and let's talk about it.

A few months ago, I watched an interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush, my favorite band. Geddy explained how the band was criticized in certain music circles because of the above statement -- "their reach exceeded their grasp" -- when it came to their musical ideas, ideals and musicianship.

That is simply hogwash. That’s the way they rolled (as the kids these days say), stretching themselves to grasp the next level of excellence, which they’re still doing today (for you rock critics keeping score at home).

Does your reach exceed your grasp? And are you stretching and grasping? I sure am and that's the way you should roll as well. Our professionals skills can become aged and irrelevant more quickly that ever before. We have to hilinaʻi ourselves and our personable professional networks today when it comes to skilling up and staying marketable and employable (or staying gainfully employed). That's the Hawaiian word of the day meaning "rely on" from my personable professional network friend, Sylvia Dahlby.

Consider the growing trend of "big data" in every facet of our businesses and lives:

According to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the United States could be in a pickle by 2018, with a shortage of up to 190,000 people with “deep analytical talent” and upwards of 1.5 million people capable of analyzing data that would enable business decisions.

Based on the research I did recently for a career management book I wrote, there are lots of "big data" jobs available. There’s just not a definitive “big data” profession; the skill sets required reach across almost every business and industry. Just search for “big data” jobs using your favorite job site of choice.

Tech experts agree that math, statistics, data analysis, business analytics, natural language processing, creativity, communications skills, and Hadoop are all critical to creating big data analytics frameworks and applying them to benefit businesses. Hadoop is an open-source software framework that supports tons of data and enables multiple applications and computers to work together. Hadoop can be learned via classes or can be self-taught.

So whether it's big data skills or front end engineering skills or marketing skills or whatever, you've got to own your career development. Join me tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28, from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, for a 30-minute BraveNewTalent webinar where you'll learn about the techniques successful people use for constantly developing their professional skills:

  • The importance of continuous learning
  • Four steps to a successful career management and development plan
  • How BraveNewTalent can help you achieve your goals

Let's get our reach to exceed our grasp, shall we?