Acquire Skills To Increase Your Value

I’m not making as much as other technologists out there. I sometimes envy the salary they have. But on the flipside, I’m learning a lot. My plan is to convert everything I’ve learned to money. The more skills I gain, the longer I practice them, the prettier my resume looks. I thought about acquiring extended education from college/university but I don’t think that is enough to raise my value as an employee.

Experience is worth more than education as it enables you to deal with real life problems that cannot be learned in the classroom.

I know some people who acquired high education but have a hard time finding employment because they lack the experience. I (like most people) had to start from the bottom. I belong to the manufacturing industry. I know what it feels like to be ridiculed by well-experienced employees especially by shop-floor employees. Most of them think that the office people are stupid. I don’t hate them. It’s a fact. It’s the truth. I understand why. Believe me or not, complaining about office employees is probably 75% of the complaints I hear from them (every day). But over time I gained enough experience to confidently defend myself, to justify my actions and decisions. I eventually gained their respect.

“When is the best time to plant a tree?” I stole that question from Robin Sharma’s The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Trying to sound like a Yogi, I asked the same question to some friends and family “When is the best time to plant a tree?” and the most common answer I get is “Today!!” I’m like “Nope! The answer is 40 years ago. The next best time to plant is today.”

I view my career just like a financial investment. But instead of putting money aside to make more money, I do things I can add to my resume to secure my employment or (at least) be employable in case of a mass lay-off. Job security is important to me too but I’m taking a different approach to acquire it — acquire as many skills and knowledge I can add to my resume.

What about you? What’s your approach?

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