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3 Ways to Burst Out of Your Professional Bubble

When you stay inside the same professional and media bubbles, you never get exposed to new ideas. But new ideas are the soil for growth in your skills and mindset. So in order to keep your career viable, you had better keep blowing bubbles. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray describes three ways to not get stuck in one bubble:

  1. Create the bubbles, rather than being trapped by them.
  2. Escape the physical bubble.
  3. Seek skill-building activities that force you to think in new ways.

A Bubbling Crude

Creating your own bubble should be about building channels for disagreement, essentially. For instance, Gray recommends seeking out people who disagree with the direction of technology in the business and hearing them out, or who are dissatisfied with the way IT does things. You should listen for the sake of listening, without trying to refute them. Instead, just soak the information and let it marinate; it may positively influence how you behave in the future, even if those other people’s positions are wrong.

Your physical workplace is the most obvious bubble that confines you, especially since certain types of people are inherently prone to working such jobs (e.g., tech people in IT). There is not a lot that can be done about that, but you can look for opportunities to see how other cultures operate. For instance, when at a vendor’s location to discuss their products, you can also ask questions about their culture and maybe even observe it in action. You might learn some handy things that are worth bringing back to home base.

Lastly, about skill-building activities, Gray says this:

If you’re a coder or technology-oriented person, take a user experience course, and challenge yourself to redesign a screen in one of your business applications, even if only in a notebook. If you’re an executive who hasn’t looked at a line of code since the COBOL days, spend an afternoon following one of the hundreds of free online tutorials to build a quick mobile app. While you’re unlikely to get too far beyond a “Hello world”-type application, you’ll get a glimpse into the tools and mental process behind modern software development. You can even extend this practice beyond your professional domain, trying anything from painting, to learning a language…

You can view the original article here:

John Friscia

John Friscia was the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success from 2015 through 2018. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and grew in every possible way in his time there. John graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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