How to build a professional learning community (no matter what job you have)

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Let’s say you have a solid job that lets you have a great work-life balance. You get to do something you enjoy, have job security, and can take care of your family / self. Whatever that job is, you probably have it in the back of your mind that it might be worth … at some point … trying to get ahead.

Maybe you want to learn a new skill and apply for that corner office job? Maybe you want to get better at using social media? Perhaps you just want a raise or promotion? Whatever the goal, the path to get there should involve learning how to build a professional learning community.

What is that, you ask? Quite simply, it’s a collection of peers, experts, and contacts that will help you learn about something. It could be a large mass of people involved in a Twitter hashtag chat, a LinkedIn group, or perhaps a thread on Quora. All three of those options are some of the first places you should check out if you’re looking to boost your skill-set.

See also: 10 social media mistakes you’re probably making

In an effort to help you get ahead in life, we’ve built a simple but useful road-map for building a professional learning community. It’s designed to be relevant to any career so hopefully you’ll find it useful and share it with your friends and learning community.

Professional Learning Community

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Jeff Dunn is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it's not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.
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