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Money Talk: Tips to boost your career

August 7, 2018

The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill.

So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valuable skills that could open the door to new opportunities. The good news is with tools and online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, you can explore and develop critical skills and interests — right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.

Here are tips for kick-starting your learning efforts.

Find the time. The No. 1 career goal for professionals in 2018 is to learn a new skill — but not everyone knows where to fit learning into their daily lives. Here’s a tip: In today’s ever-connected digital world, we’re living in the era of bite-sized learning, where new skills can be honed in minutes on the subway, or while you’re eating breakfast.

Start by picking 5- to 10-minute windows in your daily routine — you don’t need to find hours, minutes are fine.

Make it a habit. They say a habit is formed in 21 days. Whenever you slot learning into your daily schedule, try to pick a time when you can make it routine — whether it’s on the bus during your morning commute, or in the 10 minutes after you brush your teeth at night. You’ll be growing in your skills before you know it.

Pick your skills. Today’s skills landscape is changing faster than ever — with new technologies and digital techniques emerging at every turn. Whether you want to advance your existing career or begin a new one, start by identifying a few key skills you’d like to hone.

For example, people in every job can benefit from learning soft skills that teach you how to get things done or achieve your goals. Soft skills, such as communication and critical thinking, will give you a competitive advantage in the workplace, and you never know when you’ll uncover a new passion or side project along the way.

THE LIST

According to Forbes, the top 10 most valuable sports teams of 2018 are:

1. Dallas Cowboys, NFL ($4.8 billion)

2. Manchester United, Soccer ($4.123 billion)

3. Real Madrid, Soccer ($4.09 billion)

4. Barcelona, Soccer ($4.064 billion)

5. New York Yankees, MLB ($4 billion)

6. New England Patriots, NFL ($3.7 billion)

7. New York Knicks, NBA ($3.6 billion)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, NBA ($3.3 billion)

8. New York Giants, NFL ($3.3 billion)

10. Golden State Warriors, NBA ($3.1 billion)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1.9 million: The house used in the iconic TV show “The Brady Bunch,” recently was listed for sale for $1.9 million.

TECH TALK

Google Maps can predict your appetite. Along with giving you step-by-step directions to your favorite restaurants, the Google Maps app can now help you actually decide on a place to eat with its new “match” feature. The new feature, for iPhone and iPad users, helps predict how much you will enjoy a restaurant based on establishments you’ve previously visited and dining preferences.

To use the feature, users can look up a restaurant in Google Maps and then tapping the restaurant’s name. Based on the data the app has on a user, it will then display a match rate.

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