It is important to update your skills to land your dream job or next level job position. But very few jobs provide an opportunity to brush up the skills to go to the advance level. But there are many ways to learn new skills and develop them to be unique in the team.
Know which skills you want to improve: Be clear on what you skills you have right now or what you want to improve for advance your career. Are you really looking for new skills or want to improve the existing skills. If you are interested then you can learn both the skills together. To be successful as a techie you need to spend time on learning while you are working.
Go for online learning: Online learning is suitable for the busy professionals who are working and not able to get time on learning activities. If you prefer online learning then don’t just read the content and go through the practice papers and exercises. Practice documentation and coding part on your free time. Giving more relevant code examples will showcase you in front of hiring managers.
Work on open source project: Work on open source projects available online. Here you can search bugs and also offer solutions to fix them. Take feedback from others to improve your project so that you can go in right direction.
Explore the ways to practice more: If your day job creates an opportunity to work on some projects without disturbing others then it will be a great opportunity to practice by fulfilling the priority works.
If you are an ambitious techie then explore the ways to learn new skills and integrate them with daily activities. Allocate your time whenever you get.