Learning new skills regularly is crucial to advance your career. For those that are working full-time or juggling multiple jobs, it can be tough to find time to think about your professional future. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to gain new skills and knowledge and to do so for free.
Here are seven free ways to continue learning without quitting your job.
Meet with leaders in your company and ask them for advice or to teach you about their jobs. Don’t plan on taking up too much of their time and be sure to thank them for any time and information they share with you. Prepare a list of thoughtful questions so you don’t waste any time. They might even notice you’ve taken initiative and respect your ambition.
If you don’t look to expand your skills, you’ll stay stagnant and your abilities will get stale. So, look around you, outside of the realm of your everyday tasks and ask you do more. Ask to work on different projects and for more responsibilities. You’ll be learning more and making new friends in other parts of the company, making yourself indispensable.
There are so many opportunities out there to connect with others in your industry and expand your skills. Check out open classes, lectures, networking events, workshops and panel discussions. If you live near a university, there’s probably a lot! They won’t all be free, but it’s at least a good start as far as networking and learning about new industry trends. Keep your boss apprised of what you do so they know how hard you’re working and they can keep tabs on your professional development.
Check Out a Book
Reading is a great way to learn new skills and traits to bring to work! Pay attention to trendy books your friends are reading or check out Amazon reviews, then see if they have them at your library. Even if they don’t, you might be able to find a used one for a decent price.
Take an Online Course
There are over 4,000 open online courses, so even if you don’t have the time or money for a full-time program, see if you can pick up an online course. Some are free, but you might have to pay a fee to submit assignments or receive a certificate.
Read Blogs and Newsletters
Figure out the best three to five online weekly newsletters to subscribe to in your area of expertise and make a habit of reading as many as you can. You can also use social media to follow industry leaders and join relevant groups so you don’t miss anything.
Tackle an Outside Project
Find a side project that might push you outside of your comfort zone, developing skills and knowledge that might be beneficial to you. Consider doing something for a nonprofit or your alumni association.
Adding to your professional skill set doesn’t require dropping everything to go back to school or study non-stop. By learning something new every week, you can transform yourself noticeably over the course of the following months and years!
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