“12 hours at office for 5 days (alternate Saturday working), 2 hours (approx) oftravelling and finally no energy left... how do the IT professionals upgradesthemselves?”The question was kicked off by Aninda in Facebook’s ‚Kolkata IT Professionals‛ groupto initiate a very engaging discussion in Facebook that lead to almost 40 comments.Experts from the industry shared ideas that may help each one of us gain knowledgeand groom ourselves for a better tomorrow.‚I use Twitter to collect links to great resources and check these out in about 1 hourevery day. Pass on to my team members for detailed study if I think I have stumbled ona useful resource‛, said Arun Agarwal offering a very effective input to make use ofsocial media platforms to the fullest.Agreeing with him Shabbir Akhtar added, ‚I love Google Reader as it helps me a lotwith this... All the major sources that I follow, along with feeds from Google News onspecific topics are added to my Google Reader... It gives me the latest updates of whatmatters to me the most, through the day‛.Rajeev Pareek cited he uses web in a very effective method, which if others follow mayhelp in a large way. ‚I spend good time on surfing wiki, forums and other webresources to enhance my skills‛.
Seniors from the industry like Hari Balasubramanian and Indranil Das Gupta urgedpeople to choose their career on what they love doing that most. This, they stated, willincrease productivity by large. ‚It is all in the mind. A passionate pro will findrelaxation in catching up and upgrading his/her own skills. The moment you do notenjoy your work, you start feeling tired quickly and you keep running every day to bein the same place. The secret is in understanding what gives you more energy as youperform /work‛, said Hari. To which Indranil added, ‚I go by Confucius’s saying –‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’‛. He alsourged technical folks to ‚pack in a lot of tech podcasts and reading during commutesand travel‛.Joy Mukherjee, another very experienced person from the industry called web his‚treasure Island‛. Spending a couple of hours surfing the net is a regular habit he hasgrown over the years. ‚I learn from different links shared in Social Media Sites, Blogsthat I follow, and obviously by chatting with some knowledgeable friends of sametrade‛, he said.A very important thing that all professionals should learn is time management. WhileKamanashish Roy raised this very vital point Aninda agreed to the core and added,‚Yes time management is the key‛. Sohini Ghosh Banerjee concurred by saying,‚Passion and time management are the secret which gives me the energy to perform. IfIm passionate for my work Ill find relaxation while upgrading my skill‛.With Smart phones like iPhone or Nexus and other devices like Kindle and iPad easilyavailable in the market at affordable prices Arjun Ghosh shared his main sources ofinformation gathering are, ‚sites like Twitter/ Digg etc which gives me my updates‛. Healso added that one can go on reading while traveling through such devices.Siddharth Jhunjhunwala drew the attention towards something that most of usoverlook in this very busy schedule. ‚I would say start with Physical Fitness or sports.Its the backbone to rejuvenation and thus can positively spark creativity‛.This very enlightening discussion gave us some useful tips and key points on how theIT professionals upgrade themselves: Usage of social media platforms like facebook and twitter Subscribing to emails Adding RSS feeds Getting updates through tools like smart phones and other devices Physical fitness
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