Life-Long Learning

September 10, 2014

Chad Christensen
Systems Staff

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The above quote may be a heavy way to start out a corporate blog post but I want to focus on the part about life-long learning.  I recently graduated college with my Master’s degree.  When it was all said and done, it totaled about 20 years of “learning” in school.  However, just because I’m no longer pursuing a degree doesn’t mean the learning has stopped.  Now comes the fun learning, focusing on topics that are of interest to me that I can choose to learn on my own time.  There are plenty of subject areas I would like to learn more about, whether it is a general business skill such as Microsoft Excel or a more specific skill to my job such as networking protocols.  Luckily for me… and you too, the recent rise in the popularity of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) as well as other high quality video tutorial sites has provided the opportunity to learn hundreds of new skills on-demand.  Some of these courses even come from ivy-league schools!  Additional ways to engage in continuous learning include watching webinars, studying for professional certifications, and attending networking events to keep up with the trends in your industry.  Continuing your education past school can provide many benefits including making you more efficient at your current job as well as increasing your marketability for future positions.  I encourage you to check out a few of the resources below and see if you find a topic that interests you.

Here are just a few of the FREE and paid resources to help you in the pursuit of life-long learning.

Free

  • Coursera.org
  • Udacity.com
  • Codecademy.com
  • KhanAcademy.com
  • YouTube.com

 Paid

  • Lynda.com
  • Udemy.com