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Lifelong Learning

Posted By Nina Buik, Monday, August 06, 2012

Today is the first day of my youngest daughter’s junior year of high school. Only one first day
of school to go before she is released to the universe to experience education that will form
her personally and professionally. While she is relieved to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’,
I’m waiting till the right time to let her know that life is a learning continuum. Your ability to
acquire new skills, reinforce current skills, or to share or teach your skills with others, will keep
you relevant, marketable and above all, interesting!

As my daughter is preparing for her transition to college, I’m preparing for the role of Macromanager .
I’ve divided parenting into three steps 1) Micromanager – 0-HS graduation 2) Macromanager –
The college years 3) Consultant – after college and for the rest of your life. I’m a consultant to
two and transitioning to Macromanager for 1…gear grinding indeed! Over the years, my advice
has been consistent – keep learning, keep growing, keep sharing. I think I’ll save my life learning
advice for a ‘Hallmark’ moment after she tosses her Univeristy of Georgia (I am hopeful) mortar
board into the air.

In the world of technology and specifically in the realm of HP enterprise technology, there are so
many ways to keep your skills relevant and marketable. Being part of a user community is an invaluable
way to network with others, learn about new technology, and have access to a learning network that will
keep your skills and credentials current in today’s fluid market. There are dedicated events like the upcoming:


There is a network of local chapters around the world as well as special interest groups to
keep you plugged into HP’s enterprise portfolio. You can also share your knowledge with others.
Our popular publication Connect Converge will feature the best disaster/recovery story on the
cover for its upcoming fall issue! Click here editorial guidelines and submission process.

Connect is going to be working even more collaboratively with HP ExpertOne to ensure that your
learning goals are met and that we collectively are providing you with the tools and resources to
achieve them. I encourage you to get your HP Learner ID if you don’t already have one so that you
are plugged into the ExpertOne program. I have had the amazing good fortune of meeting with our
members around the world over the past few years and they first share their stories about the
great friendships they’ve made as part of the user community and tell me that it’s the number one
benefit that we offer as a user group.

This confirms my long running theory that people, not hardware or software, are the most
important component of information technology. Following HP’s new marketing campaign,
I hope that you will take the beginning of this new school year to take a personal inventory of
your skills and ‘make it (or IT) matter’!




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