What are some ways by which you keep current in your professional field? How do you find ways to put your education to use and to continue learning?
I have an MBA and work as a project manager handling a variety of projects.
I finished school in 2012 and am finding it difficult to apply some of the more interesting things I learnt during the MBA program to my daily work.
For example, I'd like to apply a lot more of the Management Science/Quantitative Decision Making theories I learnt to my project work (example coursework can be found here
My questions are these:
1) How do you seek out and find ways to incorporate what you've learnt in school to your day to day work?
2) What are your sources of inspiration (professional) that help you re-introduce stuff you may have learnt, but have now forgotten - an example may be The Harvard Business Review which highlights a case about a company that uses quantitative decision making theory to save $100 Mn over 2 years for example.
3) How do you create time to learn the skills that you want to use and improve - for example I am finding a hard time setting aside time to create projects in excel that can teach me VBA. I'd also like to apply a lot more of the monte-carlo simulations I learnt to my work, but can't really seem to connect my day to day work to the use-case scenarios of the theory.
4) In other words, how do you keep learning (and create the time to learn) even when you are no longer in school or in a formal academic environment?
I am interested in knowing what you read on a regular basis (professional, high quality journals/research papers/magazines. The field doesn't matter as long as you get something out of it - an example of what is acceptable - HBR/MIT Management Review. Not acceptable - GQ/Men's Health), that helps further your professional knowledge and makes you smarter/better at what you do, than those who don't read it.
PS: How do I get free access to the Informs Journal?