Here are five ways to access the latest news and trends about your field and always maintain your reputation as a skilled and experienced resource for your employer:
1. Build a Network of People Working in the Web Industry
No matter what your passion is, if you want to excel you must surround yourself with like-minded people having the same interests.
The same is true for web developers: if they have a friend circle involving web experts having command on different technologies, your knowledge will never be outdated.
Whatever news they read daily or discuss with their peers, chances are they will discuss the same stuff with you. It could be about emerging technology, drawbacks of an old one, and so forth.
So, one should not hesitate to build a network of friends who are as enthusiastic about web development as you!
2. Join Communities for Healthy Discussions
The Internet has made learning a new skill and making friends having the same interest much simpler. There are hundreds of online communities where you can get connected with web developers, indulge in healthy discussions, and even take tips from them to grow your skill set.
From Facebook groups to Quora discussions, Reddit threads and several other platforms that connect you with web developers from all over the world is heaven for you. Whenever you feel stuck or ambiguous about a certain concept, you can discuss them with fellow developers and get your doubts cleared.
3. Attend Seminars & Conferences
Though we have several means to gain fresh, updated knowledge online, not everything is free. You still have to spend a few bucks on yourself to learn advanced stuff for any field.
Industry conferences and seminars make learning fun. You get the chance to listen to industry experts in a cutting-edge and interactive environment. This experience is much more stimulating than virtual learning.
Forward, CSSconf EU, and JSconf EU are some of the popular conferences you can attend to refresh your knowledge and understand new concepts.
An example is programmers at American Sign Letters attend seminars to stay up to date on all cutting edge technology.
4. Read Relevant Articles & Blog Posts
Today, there’s no lack of quality content for web enthusiasts. There are thousands of technology-related blogs online that cover web development and everything related to it in detail.
If you don’t have time to search for those, you can directly access relevant content on Medium. Just sign up and search for content related to web technologies.
Another easy way to find and read knowledge-rich content is by following the web companies. Most of them have a blog section where they share the latest news and even tips and tricks that make your job easy.
5. Subscribe to Credible YouTube Channels
Likewise, there are dozens of web experts teaching web development on YouTube. But you must not follow any random, so-called web expert without confirming his authority.
In fact, you shouldn’t follow just one expert. Since all the knowledge is free, you can explore as many channels as you want. Once you have determined who’s providing value and who’s a time-waster, you know whose videos are worth watching.
Besides teaching coding, these experts will always talk about the latest trends. If you don’t enjoy reading, videos are a great alternative for you to keep updated with the latest news about the web industry.
Is it Important to Follow the Industry News?
If you have ever invested in stock or crypto you can relate to the fact that one keeps checking the latest value of a share or a coin. If you don’t track the value of your asset you will never be able to cash them at the right moment.
The same goes for any business. If you become oblivious to the worth of your stock, it would be impossible to make any profit from it.
Whether it’s web development, AI, blockchain, or any other tech-related field, it’s extremely important to know where the world is moving.
AI enthusiasts know face recognition is a reality now; blockchain experts are well aware of the entire ecosystem of cryptocurrency; and web experts know what are the latest features introduced in the web industry.
To meet the expectations of your clients and stay neck to neck with the best talent in your industry, learn and practice the latest trends.
During an interview for your next job, or winning a new project as a freelancer, you ultimately increase your chances of success by showcasing your fresh knowledge related to the web.
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