If you’re anything like me, you too probably assumed once you graduated college you’d never have to hit the books again. However, I have learned that while I don’t necessarily have to hit the books, I do have to continually learn and grow so my skills don’t become outdated. Social media sites like LinkedIn see the value in education which may have attributed to their recent acquisition of Lynda – a business, technology, and creative skills enhancing program. It is clear in today’s job market if you want to stand out and be successful, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, whatever market that may be, and learn new skills so you won’t get left behind as we mentioned back in March.
Even more interesting, our annual Job Market Report found that the majority of employees are hungry for new skills. In fact, 91% of workers are taking it upon themselves to stay sharp due partially to the fact that only 47% of companies offer professional development. If this is the case for you, don’t panic! 24 Seven has got you covered with 4 outstanding places to learn new skills without going back to school.
Creative Live is a creative’s playhouse with classes created by industry experts. There are over 1,500 classes to choose from in topics ranging from photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker, and money/life. Creative Live even offers free classes and include the top paid classes for your industry on the homepage. Students are encouraged to write reviews in order to help fully explain what you’re getting into before you fully commit. This is really the place to be if you want to step up your side gig or gain more skills for your 9-5.
Kode with Klossy
Talk about a true super model! Karlie Kloss developed a platform for women to learn how to code regardless of their age or level of experience. Kode with Klossy is educational, empowering, and a great networking opportunity for women looking to break into the tech space and connect with other like-minded people. During the 800-hour course, you have access to 700 lessons that you can take at your own pace. The Kode with Klossy site says it takes students anywhere from 4 months to a year to complete the course.
Karlie Kloss isn’t the only one who knows it’s cool to code. Our Salary Survey reported the most in-demand jobs in 2016, (design, UX/UI, developers, etc.) require knowledge of coding. One way to stay in demand this year is with Karlie’s class.
With apps like Snapchat and Instastories, our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, which is probably why Highbrow has been so successful. Highbrow is a micro-learning program that sends 5-minute lessons straight to your email. Not only is this great for people with limited time, all the courses are also free!
It is said that we learn best through teaching others, so if that’s the case for you, Highbrow also allows you to create your own course. Highbrow’s unique learning system is one you won’t forget.
Udemy may be the most well known eLearning platform for individuals and businesses alike. You’ll browse courses presented by names like Gary Vaynerchuk and Seth Godin. Udemy has a wide arena of topics ranging from development, business, marketing, photography, language, health/fitness. Out of all of the sites mentioned, you get the most variety from Udemy. You also get a range of free and paid courses to choose from.
No matter how old you are or how experienced you are, if you don’t strive to learn new skills or strengthen your current skillset, you can always improve. There are always new ways to grow and new experiences to be had, all of which are now made possible any time online. So, what are you waiting for?
How do you keep your skills sharp? Have you tried any of these courses? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
Written by: Brittany Johnston