What is your occupation?
“And Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?” They replied, “We, your servants, are shepherds, just like our ancestors.” Genesis 47:3 NLT
When Pharaoh met the Sons of Jacob for the first time, he asked them, what is your occupation?
An occupation is defined as a job, profession or a way of spending time. Pharaoh wanted to give them the prime land in Egypt, but he first wanted to know what their occupation is. Pharaoh knew that giving good land to people who are not skilled was like tossing pearls to the pigs. It is therefore important to skill yourself in order to take advantage of the opportunities that God is opening up for us. Unlike in the past these days’ skills do come easy to us, especially with the advance of technology.
Top 10 Strategies for Learning New Skills
- Ditch Your Learning Style – Are you a visual learner? In an age where everything is available at the click of a button, there are many ways to learn. The key is to interact with the information. Using multiple sources will help you with this. Don’t stick to books alone; gather relevant videos, podcasts, movies, and blogs as well!
- Make It More Meaningful for Yourself – Instead of memorizing a formula, try to understand what relevance it has in practice and how you can use it to your advantage. You’ll find you’re able to grasp the concepts much more quickly.
- Learn by Doing – Humans are natural learners—and we learn best when we perform the tasks we’re trying to learn. No matter how good your grades were at college, most of your learning takes place once you enter the workplace and start applying what you’ve learned.
- Study the Greats, and then Practice -While studying the greats is essential, it is more of a passive exercise. In order to gain from it, you need to apply that learning to your own work as well.
- Teach What You Learn -One of the more surprising ways you can learn a new skill is to teach it to someone else. You don’t have to be an education major to use this trick. Try explaining what you’re learning to friends or co-workers.
- Spend More Time Practicing Things You Find Difficult – So the next time you sit to practice a new skill, step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Concentrate on whatever is most difficult for you, and with time you’ll find you achieve a higher level of overall efficiency.
- Be passionate – Give your all to this new skill
- Test Yourself – Why is testing so effective? Because it takes recall a step further. Recall shows how much of the material you remember. Testing shows you how well you can use what you’ve learnt. After all, that is the ultimate goal of learning, isn’t it?
- Find a mentor – Mentorship is perhaps the quickest way to take your skills to the next level. A mentor helps you navigate your field by offering invaluable perspective and experience.
- Be curious – Nothing stimulates learning quite like curiosity!
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