Because we could all use a helping hand when it comes to keeping up with technology.

Staying Relevant as an
Older Worker 

If we don’t stay current with technology, if we don’t understand the tools necessary for the job we’re looking for or the changing processes of the job we’ve got, it’s easy to quickly fall behind. This reality can be rather terrifying at times, right?

Don’t let your fear of staying current and the new technology it involves scare you into inaction!
The truth is that keeping current can be done at your own pace (baby steps!) and with guidance and help from experts. You may even find that some of these more modern communication and production tools are your new best friends. After all, a new and improved process, once mastered, is intended to make your life easier, not to mention save you a lot of time.

Before you move forward with this newsletter, I want you to try your best to accept the following facts:

  • There will always be more to learn when it comes to new technology—accept this and don’t feel pressured to learn it all.
  • There is often no exact, “right” way to use new technology. Explore it and try to find the way to use it that feels most comfortable to you.

5 Ways to Stay Relevant

  1. Phone a friend who seems to understand a certain technology you don’t, or contact others who are currently working in the position you hope to have. Ask these people about the systems, processes, and tools they’re using and how you can learn more about them.
  2. Have a college degree? Contact your alumni association and career services. I graduated from college in 1975. When I first started teaching at St. Kate’s, I had to contact my school’s career services to get a transcript of my grades. In doing this, I learned that my alma mater was an amazing resource for alumni, even if it’s been 40 years!
  3. Take advantage of local workshops or networking opportunities. There are typically a lot of free or low-cost opportunities to become more comfortable with new technology, such as community education. Sign up and take the leap!
  4. Rebrand yourself. Think of how you want to describe yourself going forward. This involves the way you explain who you are and what you do verbally as well as your brand in written form. Consider creating a new and updated “personalized brand statement” with current vocabulary and revamp your resume, Linkedin profile, etc. Communication Specialist David Mann suggests that you make sure your brand statement reflects your passion, uses plain language, and involves stories and questions to engage others.
  5. Update your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean the junior’s section at Macy’s, but add some color. There’s also no need to spend a lot of money—just stop by your local TJ Maxx or consignment shop. Consult with someone whose style you admire for guidance and advice. You’ll feel better, even from a little change such as new glasses, updated hair, or a new and colorful scarf or tie.
I hope that I’ve provided you with some flexible and realistic ideas for staying engaged and competitive in the modern, globalized, professional world. If you still have questions about your brand, staying current, or future opportunities to stay current and learn more, contact me today.

Keep up the motivation and hard work. But, most importantly, have fun.

Margaret Smith
Founder, UXL: Creating Successful Leaders

Ready to discover your gifts and the gifts of others? Contact me to see positive change through an Insights Discovery Assessment!


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