Upping Your Skills Game with Online Resources
- Skills Building, Lifelong learning, Technical skills, Career pivot / transitions, Workplace tools
by Naomi Kaufman
Mentors and career coaches encourage us to continually make time to learn new skills and get exposed to new ideas. More likely, it’s at critical junctures in our work lives that we consider expanding our skill sets. Are you re-entering the workplace? Looking for a position after a layoff? Feel stuck in your current role and are ready to move forward? Looking to pivot to a new type of job? These are all opportunities to assess what you need to learn to prepare yourself for that move.
Identify required skills. Ask people in your network for the top 3 skills they see as relevant to particular positions and career paths. Review online job descriptions of roles you are interested in, to identify where your skills match, and what gaps exist.
Turn that list of skills into a learning plan. Make the best use of your limited time by creating a learning plan for yourself. Write down the list of skills you want to develop, and match them to the courses you will pursue. The list doesn’t need to be long, it’s there to guide your learning and creates accountability. Feel accomplished about your progress! Tracking your learning experiences provides a handy list of points you call out in your resume, cover letter and interview.
Explore online to satisfy your learning plan. Many online learning sources exist, get started by checking out these high-quality resources:
Coursera — Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.
EdX — Supporting learners at every stage, whether entering the job market, changing fields, seeking a promotion or exploring new interests, edX delivers courses for curious minds on topics ranging from data and computer science to leadership and communications.
LinkedIn Learning — comes with a Premium membership, or is available for free from many public libraries — talk to your local librarian.
Catcat, a division of Intellum, is on a mission to improve the way experts, content creators, and learners share and consume the information that actually helps people become more successful at work. They identified the most sought after work-related topics and the Catcat community is busy creating and curating original content, articles, blogs, videos, and podcasts into meaningful learning experiences that anyone can access for free. After registering for a free account, search by topic area through their expansive paths of curated content, create your own learning agenda, and work through the topics at your own speed.
Based on input from amazing.community members, we are building learning paths on Catcat to help you achieve your goals. Check these out:
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The growth in online resources makes it easier for you to be specific and focused in your learning, do it on your own schedule, wherever you have an electronic device and connectivity to the internet. Happy learning!
Learn more about online learning during our upcoming webinar “Define and Build Your Skills with Online Learning, ” featuring Julia Huprich, VP of Learning Initiatives, at Intellum. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 3 pm-4pm ET
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This post was originally published on Sep 16, 2019 on Medium.
An explorer of ideas, people, and places, Naomi Kaufman applies sociology, psychology, neuroscience, business and marketing in a broad range of organizations: Global 500 companies, startups and nonprofits. She leads education strategy for amazing.community.