It's back to school season! As children, teens, and college students prepare to go back to school, you may be feeling nostalgic. Do you miss the days of classroom learning? If so, fortunately, a classroom is no longer required to continue your learning into adulthood and throughout your career. In fact, continuing your education is a great way to not only learn new skills, but advance your career. Taking initiative to learn things that will inevitably help you grow at work will certainly impress your boss, and who knows, may even help you land a promotion or a happier new gig!
Online LearningThe wealth of online education available is impressive. You can continue learning in whatever industry you're in, or even an industry that excites you that you may not necessarily work in. Want to learn to code or take your coding to the next level? Try Codecademy or Code.org. Are you looking for more general education topics? Khan Academy or Udemy are great options. If you're looking for online learning for kids try E-Learning for Kids.
Certificates are also important for a variety of professions, especially if you want to advance in your career. For example, accountants need to become certified CPAs, nurses need to become LPNs (licensed practical nurses), and construction workers can excel in their careers by obtaining specific certifications in their field and state. If you're looking to advance your career with a certificate, a quick online search will bring up what you need and variety of ways to get it.
Want to learn the old school way? Community colleges and extension programs from universities are a great way for you to get back into the classroom and learn. Local community colleges offer a wide range of classes, and are often accessible and affordable.
Looking to have a little fun outside of work? Extracurricular classes are the perfect way for you to learn a new skill...just for fun! Have you always wanted to learn how to make fresh pasta? Try a local pasta making class. Are you interested in learning how to tap dance? Look up a local dance studio's beginner classes. Ready to start conquering your dream of learning how to play the guitar? A local music class is just the spot. Continued learning is a great way to advance your career, but don't forget about your life outside of work. The world is your oyster!