It’s one thing to learn about modern technology by reading about it. Heck, you can even look at it, smell it, listen to it work – but until you get your hands dirty and actually touch and work with new equipment, you’ll be missing out on a huge part of the experiences.
Particularly when it comes to things like medical technology, physical therapy, tool engineering, building processes, and anything where movement, physics, and a sense of touch is required to fully realize the benefit of something, you really can’t cheat yourself out of hands-on training. Consider the five following tips to really solidify that concept in your mind.
Do the Training Courses
Whenever possible, participate in training courses for new technology. In the health and safety field, this is more important than ever, because there are consequences and circumstances that can result in improper use of equipment, giving false positives and negatives on situations that can have dramatic results. Consider ultrasound training as a prime example of something in this category. You can’t just read about it, you have to really use the equipment to understand it.
Practice During Volunteer Sessions
It’s not really practical or even safe to use certain kinds of new technology in real-life stressful conditions, so that’s why you might want to volunteer at some sort of an event that new tech is in place, so that you can learn from someone else how it works, while also being useful and getting the experience yourself. Think about learning about new audio equipment at a small concert of club sometime as an example, where you can push buttons and turn knobs to get that hands on feel.
Take Necessary College Courses
For the really dramatic changes in technology that you want to keep up with, that might be a time to take college classes as part of a degree. Especially for something like getting a degree in engineering, there’s no replacement for the types of materials that they can expose you to in the academic environment.
Work With the Younger Generation
And depending on your age group, technology may seem like a bother, but if you want to understand youngsters and how they live, working with them is necessarily. Think about how much you could learn by sitting down with a teenager and a smartphone these days – that’s the kind of attitude that will help you get through!
Don’t Get Stuck Just Working With Information
More than anything else, the hands-on attitude has to come from your insistence that it’s not possible to truly learn a physical skill by just reading about it or thinking about it. They’re different worlds, and the sooner you learn to respect them, the better off you’ll be!