By Amy Michalenko, Director with Career and Professional Development Services
I am sure you have heard the phrase life-long learner. You have probably been told how important it is to keep your skills and industry knowledge current. You may be wondering how you fit continued learning and growth into an already packed schedule filled with your current work duties and the normal responsibilities of life.
Over the last couple of years, a number of new online learning options have become available to allow you the chance to develop your skills in a more convenient and flexible way. The following links provide you with reputable chances to learn while still balancing a busy schedule.
Linked-In learning: Learn in-demand skills with over 13,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals. Topics range from leadership and management to Microsoft Office to web development to soft skills such as communication. There is a small cost but you can check out a free one-month trial.
Learn with Facebook: The social media giant has dipped its toe in the waters of online learning. And why not? With its vast network already built in, they are able to tap into their networks expertise in a variety of areas. Learn with Facebook offers a range of quick, free online courses in digital marketing and career focused skills, for everyone from new college grads to experienced professionals.
Coursera: This website partners with universities and organizations around the world to bring users a wide variety of topics to one searchable database. With courses ranging from arts and humanities, language, personal development and information technology – you are bound to find something that meets your needs.
edX: This platform brings together courses from a number of amazing universities – including ASU! With over 2,400 courses in subjects ranging from humanities to computer science – you are sure to find something that meets your needs.
Making time for your professional development is paramount when it comes to your professional success. Now with so many flexible options, there is no excuse to not focus energy on building your professional self.
Looking for even more options? Check out this comprehensive listing of resources.