Keep On Learning

Josh Brewer’s latest 52 Weeks of UX article, Keep On Learning, about continued web education and remaining relevant is spot on.

I implore you: never stop learning because the moment you stop learning is the moment you become obsolete.

The web is unique in that none of us can predict exactly what we’ll be doing in 5 years time.  What will web pages look like?  What language will we be coding in and for which devices?  To say you are a web professional isn’t to say that you’re a CSS or Ruby specialist- it’s to say you’re constantly committed to discovering and learning about what’s next.

There are days where each hour is blocked out as billable time for client work, but every day can’t be like that- especially for web professionals.  As a boss, I know that learning through experimentation and exploration makes my employees more valuable.  As a worker, I know that if I’m going to have a job in this industry next year I’d better learn something new.

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  • TJ

    Couldn’t agree more.

    It can be easy to get wrapped up in a language or style. And when that happens, one day you wake up lost.

  • Phil Coffman

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Nate Klaiber

    I just had this conversation the other day with some colleagues of mine. We were talking about the term ‘expert’ in our field. I am usually skeptical of ‘experts’, given the flux and pace of our community. There is something new to discover every week, and we are *still* learning things that have been out for several years.

    I love where he states:

    “The truth is the greatest thing you learn while getting a college education is that you alone are responsible for what and how you learn.”

    Over the years I have found blogs to be less of a source, simply because of the amount of blogs out there. I still rely heavily on books, and on trusted colleagues and networks of friends. These avenues help me to stretch and grow.

    The key for me is to never be comfortable. Be flexible enough to move where the web is going, not forcing my perception of the web on my current development practices.

  • Nathan Youngman

    Learning what’s next is a step in the right direction.

    Even better is to become involved in defining what’s next. How about joining the HTML5 working group, or contributing to up-and-coming languages like CoffeeScript?

  • Stephan Wetzl

    Word! Couldn’t agree more.

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