5 Tips for Learning New Skills
5 Tips for Learning New Skills

5 Tips for Learning New Skills

There are various obstacles when it comes to finding and keeping employment, and the main obstacle that we will discuss in this specific article is the lack of skills.  Although the education system has been established to teach everyone the basics, sometimes it fails us.  Upon adulthood, many are thrust into the workforce unprepared and not set up with the proper tools needed to succeed. 

What’s even worse is that some are not even fully aware of what specific skills they need to be successful.  When an individual realizes that they are lacking skills and experience (either during the application and resume writing process or during the actual job interview) it becomes a disaster.

Aside from posing as an obstacle to gaining or keeping employment, there are those who have enough skills to find and keep work but wish to climb the ladder or separately take on other challenge. They have difficulty because of the lack of knowledge and skills. 

Have you ever been one of those who have a difficult time listing out what skills you possess on a piece of paper?  Or, do you sit and daydream of learning something new?  If so, then the information that I am about to reveal is definitely for you.

Did you know that it is possible to not only take classes to learn new skills, but you can also gain legitimate certifications outside of a college or university setting?  Let’s face it, those options are expensive, more time consuming, and sometimes less flexible. 

There is a way to be educated to gain the skills you need in order to elevate in your 9 to 5 job, side hustles, and gigs without breaking your pockets.  Here is a compiled list of some of the best ways to gain access to courses and information.

#1 YouTube

Love to watch videos?  Well, YouTube is the perfect place to soak up a variety of ‘How To’ and ‘DIY’ videos.  The best thing about this platform is that much of the content is free.  All you have to do is go through the free sign up and registration process with YouTube, and instantly you have access to videos at your fingertips. 

Simply use the search box to type in keywords or phrases to sort what you are wanting to learn to view video selections.  You can follow your favorite channels by clicking the subscribe button.  You can see how many people have viewed a video tutorial, any comments there are (if the uploader allows them for that specific video), and ratings. 

Click this link to visit YouTube.

#2 Coursera

Coursera is a great learning website that was launched in 2012.  Not only are college students, government, and businesses able to join, but it is also open to the general public for anyone who wishes to learn.  Coursera boasts having whopping 76 million learners with over 3,900 courses offered. 

With this learning platform, you can create an account for free and take free courses, take advantage of a free trial, or start paid courses for a low monthly fee.  Price rage varies depending on whether or not you are seeking to gain certificates, degrees, or specialized skills.

Click this link to visit Coursera.

#3 Udemy

Udemy is another major learning platform that allows you to learn new skills.  It was founded in 2010, and since then it has expanded its library to over 130,000 courses for businesses, students, and the general public.  Signing up for an account is completely free , as well as some of the offered courses.  Paid courses vary when it comes to the price; however, the majority of them are easily affordable.

Click this link to visit Udemy.

#4 LinkedIn Learning

I must admit that I was excited to learn that LinkedIn had added this feature.  For those of you who are not familiar with LinkedIn, let me describe it as a professional social media platform.  It’s almost like having a Facebook, but it is used for professional purposes.  You may want to consider creating one if you wish to put yourself out there professionally, showcase your resume, skills, network, search for job opportunities, and now learn. 

Lynda partnered with LinkedIn to create LinkedIn Learning. The purpose is to allow LinkedIn users to learn and build additional skills.   LinkedIn Learning allows you to start a free trial to have access to over 16,000 courses, and after it expires you have the option of enrolling in an affordable monthly membership.

Click this link to visit LinkedIn Learning.

#5 Webinars and Podcasts

Doing a quick Google search for topics that you are interested in can yield great results.  What I tend to do from time to time is to virtually attend webinars and podcasts.  These training sessions can be very insightful because many take place live.  In some instances, you may be able to chat directly with the host which can be beneficial if you have questions that need to be answered right then and there.

Some hosts record their webinars and podcasts so that participants can view the information later as a replay, but it varies depending on the host.  Sometimes participants are provided with free additional information, or in other instances, opportunities to access more detailed trainings for a specified price.

Keep in mind that this is not a complete list of ways to gain skills, so keep an eye out for more blog posts regarding this topic.  For the time being, how will you utilize this information?

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