Technology changes rapidly. Continuous Learning of an individual is just as important as Continuous Improvement at a corporation. Companies spend a lot of time, effort, and money on improving their processes and systems, but not so much on improving their people. I’ve talked to plenty of smaller companies who have NO training budget. Even the larger ones are starting to pull back on formal training. That’s why I believe it is important for an individual to create his/her own learning program.
This is especially true in the technology sector. Partly due to constrained company budgets but even more so because the technology changes so rapidly. Even the learning institutions can’t keep up! If you are a software developer, here’s a great article from Dice about what’s in store for the next 18 months. Unfortunately, that’s as clear as the crystal ball get’s these days.
It’s up to YOU to stay ahead of the pack and keep learning.