At the momentwe’re all spending a lot of time indoors with more free time than we’re used to. Hopefully, you’re able to continue working safely from home on your latest project or current role. But with many personal trips cancelled and socialising off the table – how can you use this time effectively? 

Well, at Computer Futures we like to look on the bright side – this is the perfect time to get productive! For tech expertsupskilling and developing is always important. So, why not take this opportunity to keep on top of the latest technologies – keeping your skills up to date, refreshing that CV, and making yourself all the more employable in the process. 

Here’s a few of the ways you can be handling your development remotely. 

Attend webinars 

Now is the perfect time for you to log onto webinars, training sessions, and digital tutorials that you’ve been putting off. With so many to choose from, try to think what’s right for you and your goals – are you wanting to make a career switch? Or are you just interested in learning some new skills? There are so many webinars catered towards different technologies. 

Develop yourself through training programs 

Whatever your tech specialism, there’s loads of opportunities to for you to upskill online and enhance your CV. If you’re a Salesforce guru, now is the perfect time for you to get some extra Trailhead badges. Or why not go all out and work towards that Salesforce certification you’ve been putting off? 

National Cyber Training Center (NCT) also offers a guidance for different levels of professional development within cyber security – an area that’s playing a crucial role right now.  

Or, if you’re looking to use this time to upskill on coding, or even learn a new programming language, there’s loads of online resources devoted to your coding development – we pulled together some of our favourites for you. 

Virtual meetups 

With so many virtual meetups all over the web, it can be easy to miss out – so it’s a good idea keep engaged with your social media networks to stay notified about everything that’s taking place. We’ve attended some super interesting meetups for Internet of Things and Cyber Security over the past few weeks. 

If you’re part of a Salesforce community user group, many meetups are still happening online, so you can keep learning and advancing your skills from the comfort and safety of your own home!  

Online networking 

Okay, so physical events aren’t happening right now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to make virtual connections. Why not head over to LinkedIn and join community groups within your specialism? This is the perfect time for you to build connections and grow your networkYou can also engage in some one-to-one peer training and knowledge sharing with like-minded tech experts. Stack Overflow also offers a great place for online communities to come together and talk about all things code. 

Check out some blogs 

If there’s ever been a time to throw yourself in some light reading, it’s now! We think that one of the best ways to learn is to soak in knowledge from experts, and across the world of tech there are so many influencers sharing their thoughts online. We shared some of our favourite Salesforce blogs for all you enthusiasts in the Ohana out there.  

Blogs will come in loads of different forms and offer lots of different advice, some will be geared towards professional development, like David Liu’s SFDC99 which offers actionable coding advice for Salesforce pros, and others will offer more industry-led news like Tech Crunch.  

Whatever your tech specialism may be, there’s tons of content for you to indulge in.  

Explore new opportunities 

Across the world of tech, there’s so many opportunities to transfer into a new, exciting role, and as experienced tech recruiters, we have a vast range of these opportunities - discover what roles we have live now.

Could this be the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some new skills that could allow you to access new opportunities? Take this time to really think about your career trajectory and where you want to go long-term. Perhaps this is the perfect time for you to think about your next steps and what it’s going to take for you to keep advancing on your current path or potentially venture down a new one. 

If you want to speak to someone about your career opportunities and get some advice on how to navigate your tech careerour team are here for you.