In the tech sector, the only way to stay relevant and advance your career is to keep on top of industry trends. Knowing what’s happening today and what’s coming down the pike allows you to build credibility and value in the market. The best tech professionals spend a little bit of time every day checking in on the latest news and advancements in their field. Here are strategies you can use to stay up-to-date on industry trends.
One: Tech Industry Publications
The tech industry has a robust publication library to choose from. There are literally hundreds of well-received online pubs that you can choose from to stay on top of your niche. Whether you are a developer, a security professional or an emerging IT leader, spend time researching the top publications in your area of expertise. You can organize them in an RSS reader that will show you daily headlines, so you can pick and choose the articles you read each day.
Two: Tech Events
The tech community is active, and it’s important to get involved in events where you can meet new people, hear innovative speakers and stay plugged into trends. Start with local meetup groups – these are typically informal groups that gather in the evening or on weekends. You can probably find one dedicated to your niche. These groups can help give you a line on worthwhile seminars and conferences to attend, as well. Don’t be shy about asking your boss if you can get reimbursed for attendance at professional events. Many companies are willing to help support employees who want to be active in the tech community.
Podcasting has exploded in popularity in recent years and a simple search for tech-related podcasts can yield a treasure trove of results. If you aren’t sure which podcasts are valuable, ask colleagues for recommendations or search publications you like for their recommendations on worthwhile shows. Podcasts are a great way to stay plugged into the industry and they allow you to constructively pass the time while on your daily commute, as you cook dinner, work out, or clean your house.
GitHub isn’t just a place to post your work. It is a robust community of tech professionals, and it’s a great resource for learning about trends in your niche. GitHub has committed to helping forge more innovation in development, and this can be a great place to hone your skills, get involved in exciting projects and see what thought leaders are doing to drive new ideas and concepts.
Four: Social Media
Social media is littered with noise and toxic interactions, to be sure, but if you can cut through that noise, you’ll find valuable information. Follow and connect with thought leaders, join groups and contribute to conversations to expand your horizons and learn what’s new in your field.
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