The new technologies are incredible. They allow us to do things we would never have dreamed of years ago and in times that break records every day. Rare is the month when a programming language, a new concept, or a framework that goes a thousand times around the previous one doesn’t appear.
The technology is getting better every day, and that is as good as it is overwhelming. If years ago the technological professions were complex because of the limited development and the high costs involved in both hardware and software, now the situation has been reversed, and the complexity comes from the continuous growth and constant change, which makes old everything that worked well yesterday.
Here are three ways to be fully aware of new emerging technologies.
- Keep up to date with the news
You can use blogs and technology news websites, as well as portfolios of students or faculty to see how they’re applying the latest in application development.
Another option is to interact with your co-workers to share the views gathered from their own news “agents,” either via Skype messages or at a break time. Sharing this information is part of the company’s culture and will help you learn about other innovative technologies and find ways to use them creatively for the company. Each must become a source of news for the others.
- Find a Meetup
A fantastic variety of Meetup groups are dedicated to technology especially in large cities and can be a great way to get started as they offer an informal and conversational environment.
Some Meetup groups also offer practical experience, such as a “hacker’s day” where teams of people are given the challenge to solve. This can provide people with less experience the opportunity to work with more high-level programmers in an almost real world. When you are supported by people who know you are there to test your skills, the risks are lower than when you are competing with people with practical experience who are there for the competition.
- Take a class
Moreover, of course, there is the old school approach to learning: back to the classroom. Some companies offer computer programming classes. However, there are also online tutorials that are available through websites. All these services will allow you to get something to incorporate into your CV and increase your credibility and experience.
Keeping up to date with new technologies will allow you to share, give your opinion and discuss with your peers and even with your superiors about how to carry out tasks more efficiently and quickly. It will open doors and make you a reference point for making decisions about critical and strategic business applications.