The Internet has changed the way many of us handle daily tasks, do business, and even acquire knowledge. As many of us probably know, learning a new skill nowadays often doesn’t require formal training by physically attending class sessions. Platforms like Coursera, Lynda, Udemy, Udacity, edX, Youtube, and various others offer people the opportunity to gain knowledge in the subject areas or fields of their interest. Even better, users of these platforms and other online learning environments are able to take these skills & use them to earn money whether through setting up a business or advancing into another role.
Knowledge can equate to more power, but it’s up to us what we do with it.
In today’s post, we’re going to look at the different skills you can build and where to acquire them online, and then stay tuned for our next post as we’ll show you through a brief tutorial how you or even your business can use online scheduling for income.
First things first: What do you want to learn or improve?
Some of us are seeking to learn an entire new skillset, while some of us are looking to improve upon the ones we have. Once you’ve determined which way you’re headed, then, if you desire, you can put your hands to working towards building those skills through an online course. Online courses tend to offer way more flexibility than traditional courses, and if this is the better option for you, here’s a list of 10 skills & the online platforms where you can find these courses.
1. Programming & Design
As advancements continue in technology from apps designed to control the temperature of the pot you have on your stove to those used for entertainment purposes, programming and design courses continue to be popular. If you're a beginner, Coursera is hosting a specialization in Java Programming by Duke University with several classes to enroll in separately if you wish. Once you have what you need to know under your belt, feel free to jump out there and build something. Who knows, you might open up a new pathway that consumers and users tread on for years, like social media.
2. Social Media Engagement/Digital Marketing
The entire concept of social media has gained a large following not only for the sharing of photos, but also for marketing & advertising. But one thing that proves to be a struggle is grabbing and sustaining follower interest. Thankfully, managers and experts who’ve through various trials open up their doors to share the details with us. Check out Udemy's "Social Media Marketing for Business" course by Mark Timberlake that could help you rebound in the social arena & also our post on how to use Facebook to help you get more clients. Additionally, certain aspects of social often involve analysis as we follow this thread.
3. Data Analysis
A keystone for every business when it comes to finding out where they stand and where they want to be later on. The subject of “big data” is popular today in the sense of businesses taking large amounts of information and making sense of it through technological means to steer business objectives. Coursera offers a specialization in Data Science sponsored by John Hopkins University with a number of courses. If you’re ever asked to explain what your findings mean and start fidgeting, it might be time to brush up on those public speaking skills.
4. Public Speaking
Going hand in hand with written communication is the art of public speaking. Surprisingly, even written communication skills are lacking & costing businesses a lot of money; however, with the advent of online courses, this doesn’t have to be. Find out the best methods for initially engaging an audience, using visual presentations, and more to make sure that you clearly communicate what your colleagues need to know. Udemy offers a course called "Public Speaking & Communicating: Skip Theory & Master the Art" by Desmond Byram which has a high rating. Giving better presentations at company meetings in turn enhances your leadership skills.
5. Leadership Development
To be a good leader, one must first be a good follower. We’ve probably all heard this saying, and it is true that leadership development begins with learning and application under tutelage (quite an ancient word there). So if you’re a team lead, manager, supervisor, or anyone seeking best practices on how to lead, check out the "Strategic Leadership & Management" specialization offered through Coursera by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. And leadership can sometimes in a business sense, lead to managing money.
Everyone needs to know how to manage finances; however, if you’re in a particular position or plan to be in a certain position that involves knowing certain concepts, then you might consider trying an online finance or accounting course. edX offers a course sponsored by The University of Michigan entitled "Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision-Making".
7. Productivity/Time Management
Some of us struggle with managing time more wisely, and these courses are popular & can help to differentiate between priorities and what’s not (also motivating for completing what’s ahead). Check out the course "Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity" by the University of California, Irvine on Coursera and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear what you gained that could help others!
8. Learning How to Mentally Process Information
Sometimes breaking things down isn’t always that simple or intuitive, and this course was created to help individuals better understand the learning process. This course "Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects" by the University of California, San Diego specifies that it covers expert techniques on how to capture and master the subjects you're interested in. Try it and out!
At some point in our lives, we will likely have to negotiate - whether it’s verbally negotiating with another individual or arriving at some decision. It’s important to know how to reason with others as well as listen, and the course "Strategic Negotiation" with Mike Figuliolo through Lynda could be a place you can start.
Want to build your own business? There is a wealth of information on how to start your own business and manage it from finances to employee scheduling. Check out the course "Becoming an Entrepreneur" with Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX and hopefully you’ll be able to glean the benefits that others have by taking the course.
And this is a short list of many skills you can learn or build upon. In our next post, we’ll walk you through step by step how you can use a scheduling website for yourself or your own business to help you earn money.
Over to you
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