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Bayt's top tips for job seekers in the Middle East

Bayt.com’s Suhail Masri offers expert advice for job seekers looking to become lifelong learners

Suhail Masri (above), Bayt.com’s vice president of sales, offers seven top tips for job seekers looking to become lifelong learners.
Suhail Masri (above), Bayt.com’s vice president of sales, offers seven top tips for job seekers looking to become lifelong learners.

Most people associate learning with formal education. Generally speaking, it is true that a formal education and the resulting qualifications are important. However, ‘schooling’ is only one type of learning.

There are many other opportunities to further your knowledge and develop the skills you need throughout life.

With this in mind, check out Bayt.com’s seven top tips for job applicants looking to become lifelong learners.

1. Read books and articles related to your field
According to the Bayt.com ‘Personal Fulfillment in the MENA’ poll, conducted in August 2015, the majority of polled professionals (27.1%) prefer to spend their time reading. 41% of those who prefer to read say that the activity enriches them both personally and professionally. For 9.7%, reading is a form of entertainment, whilst 4.4% feel that reading de-stresses them. Dive into some business classics or titles specific to your chosen field. Consult book reviews and industry journals, and always aim to stay ahead of the curve in your career reading.

2. Write about what you learn
Share your learning through a blog or by writing articles or summary notes if you feel comfortable. If you’re not comfortable sharing, keep your notes to yourself. Active reading involves jotting down ideas, taking notes, and a higher level of participation. These notes may also come in handy further down the line.

3. Take new courses and attend lectures and seminars
Sometimes, it’s great to get out and listen to an expert’s perspective and join in stimulating classroom discourse or debate. If you can’t physically attend classes, you could try online courses. A Bayt.com online education poll found that 39.3% of MENA professionals would consider pursuing an online course if given the chance.

4. Join online groups related to your interests
By joining a group, you will fuel your interests, challenge and reinforce your learning, and have the opportunity to ask questions and test answers. These may include anything from general book clubs to societies specific to your field of interest. Bayt.com Specialties offers a place to share ideas and insights, and get ranked based on your professional knowledge. Whatever kind of group you choose, this is a great way to supplement your learning.

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5. Always ask questions
Don’t just be a passive learner; push yourself to ask and answer questions, participate in discussions, and aim to understand best practices. Always strive to learn more, push concepts and assumptions, and take advantage of experts and tools around you by extracting all of the knowledge you can.

6. Find a mentor in your field of interest
A coach can be an invaluable resource; a sounding board for new ideas or questions you may have in your field. Choose somebody who can dedicate quality time to you, who shares your interests, and whose opinions and ideas you really value. Pick their brain and obtain as much knowledge and expertise from them as you can.

7. Set milestones along your journey
Learning is a lifelong journey. To make the adventure more meaningful, test your new skills and tie success to rewards. Whether you choose to take a holiday in a place that speaks the new languages you’re learning, or implement a new project or process at work that uses a new skillset, make sure you are regularly assessing your newfound knowledge. Another great way to assess your learning is by writing your own story to show the world how far you’ve come in your career.

Suhail Masri, vice president of sales at Bayt.com, has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and management.

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