T-SQL Tuesday #97 is hosted by Mala Mahadevan (@sqlmal), and the topic is Setting Learning Goals for 2018. Mala wants to know what we want to learn, how and when we want to learn, and how we plan to improve on what we have learned.
It’s always hard to predict what I need to learn in an upcoming year, but 2018 is particularly difficult to predict. Why? Because at the time I’m writing this, I currently don’t have a job :) I finished my previous job last week, and I’m taking the rest of December off. Then in January, a new adventure awaits. I just don’t know what yet! So in this post, I’ll focus on some wants instead. I have picked three main goals: one technical, one personal, and one professional.
I will revisit this post next December and see how things turned out. It will be interesting! :)
My learning goals for 2018
I want to learn more Biml. (Raise your hand if you’re surprised!) Specifically, I want to get more hands-on experience working with Biml in real-world projects, improve my C# skills, dig into parts of the Biml language that aren’t as well documented, and continue improving my Biml tool belt and metadata-driven framework.
I want to become a better speaker. This is an important personal goal to me. I want to learn how to communicate more clearly, how to engage my audience better, and how to create presentations that people will both learn from and remember.
I want to get more technical consulting experience. Over the past year, I have been working in a community role and have gained valuable experience working with people. In 2018, I want to develop my skills further to become a better consultant. That includes better understanding of people and processes, learning how to translate between technical requirements and business goals, improving my time management skills to be able to balance my work day… and about a hundred other things :)
How and when to learn, and how to improve on things learned?
My main way to learn is by working hands-on, but my favorite way to learn is learning by teaching. By teaching, I mainly mean blogging and speaking. All of these things help me both learn and improve on what I have learned at the same time.
Working hands-on allows me to dig into things that aren’t documented, experimenting, and figuring out how things work. Writing a blog post also requires a lot of research, as well as figuring out how to explain a concept in a way that others can understand. Finally, speaking is very much the same as blogging, but adds an extra learning opportunity because of the live interaction with attendees who ask questions. It’s stressful, but fun!
To summarize, my learning goals for 2018… well, it will be going in circles: Research, blog, speak, learn more, dig deeper, improve blogging skills, become a better speaker, learn even more from questions, and so on. It’s what I love, and I hope I get the chance to spend more time on these things in 2018 :)