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In my native language we have an idiom that goes like "to check/sync own's watch". It means, to verify with yourself that you are on the same page with something. To make sure you know the latest tendencies and are following them.

Example:

I go to interviews "to check/sync my watch" with the current status of the IT business.

Meaning: I go to interviews to make sure my knowledge and salary are matching what currently the companies are looking for.

Now, what's the corresponding idiom, if any, in English? Thanks.

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A comparable idiomatic expression would be keep up (with).

I go to interviews to keep up with the current status of the IT business.

Cambridge Dictionary:

keep up (with sb/sth) — phrasal verb with keep; kept

to do whatever is necessary to stay level or equal with someone or something:

Technology changes so fast, it's hard to keep up with it.

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have/keep your finger on the pulse

to be/stay familiar with the most recent changes or improvements:
The situation changes daily, so you need to keep your finger on the pulse.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/have-keep-your-finger-on-the-pulse

A magazine editor has to have her finger on the pulse of fashion.

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/have-your-finger-on-the-pulse

  • I think this is a more apt idiom than the accepted answer. – Laconic Droid Sep 28 '16 at 14:55
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Consider one of the following:

  • to stay/keep/be up to date with
  • to keep/stay abreast of
  • to be on top of
  • to keep track of
  • to be/keep in touch with
  • I think stay up to date [with] is the best all-purpose equivalent. Sometimes it's good to do a reality check. – aparente001 Sep 29 '16 at 15:31
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Another possible colloquialism:

  • to have one's ear to the ground

From Dictionary.com:

Also, keep one's ear to the ground.

Be or remain well informed; be on the watch for new trends and information. For example, "She knew she'd succeed as a reporter if she kept her ear to the ground."

This graphic expression probably alludes to listening for distant hoofbeats by putting one's ear close to the ground. [Late 1800s ]

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You could say you want to refamiliarize yourself.

To familiarise with something one previously was familiar with.

It's debatable whether this is a "real" word, but any English speaker will know exactly what you mean.

I go to interviews to refamiliarize myself with the current status of the IT business.

You could also consider some of the synonyms to familiarize:

make conversant with, make familiar with, acquaint with; accustom to, habituate to, instruct in, teach in, educate in, school in, prime in, introduce to; brief in/about; informal put in the picture about/with, give the lowdown on, fill in on, get up to speed on/with

Also note the difference between American (-ize) and British (-ise) spelling.

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