For many years I have been at the heart of the new tech trends. Mostly because I used to switch jobs/companies a lot, and every time it was about learning something new, something I’ve never worked with before, and I really enjoyed staying on top of my game.
However, when I settled in one organization for a relatively long time, I did not get the chance to learn and use new technologies mostly because the project(s) I was working on had already a tech direction set and we were just building software on top of it.
And that’s when we get used to the comfort of knowing and using that technology.
We tend to get complaisant and forget that technologies keep evolving until that day, that day when we take a look at what is happening out there, because of a need to change organizations, or desire to evolve our career.
I found this being a pain to get back to square one, learn something new from scratch, we used to be experts, we’re now rookies, and it’s all uphill from here.
How do you get around this?
How do you keep learning about new technologies and processes?
How do you learn about technology when your job doesn’t necessarily require it (i.e. your project are exclusively on AWS but you would like to learn about Azure)