Think it’s a bad idea to put work on hold while you read a book? Gail Hernandez, a marketing coordinator in New Hampshire, didn’t.
She needed to learn several software programs without attending classes, she tells CareerBuilder.com, so she “paused” the button occasionally on her regular work.
“I received some kidding from co-workers, but I am now able to use Illustrator and Dreamweaver,” Hernandez says.
Bottom line: Rather than wait for your company to foot the bill for a class or conference, turn to online sources, such as eHow.com and good-tutorials.com, or the instruction manuals shelved in your IT department.