Despite all of their achievements, high achievers are life-long learners. They realize there is always more to learn, and their mind is consistently open to new knowledge. They are eager to learn from anyone, including those who are junior to them. In today’s digital world, continuous learning is more important than ever.
While billionaires Marc Cuban, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates are known for reading three to eight hours a day, there are many other ways to increase your cross-industry knowledge base. You could read articles, listen to podcasts, and watch TED talks or webinars. The point is there is no shortage of opportunities to learn something new if only you are open to the idea.
Learning and Development Departments at your company might offer professional development classes. However, a minority of the employees can usually access these courses due to fixed time commitments that conflict with their other obligations. But that doesn’t mean you cannot take professional development courses to advance your career according to your timetable.
Previously Lynda, LinkedIn Learning has been a leading e-learning platform that exploded with courses and learners eager to upskill during the pandemic. E-learning, or online learning, through mediums such as LinkedIn Learning, has allowed users to further develop their skills by learning a variety of hard (technical) and power skills (often referred to as soft skills) from the comfort of their homes. This asynchronous learning puts content experts on your screen and learning at your individualized pace.
There are over 20,000 courses available in three main categories: Business, Creative, and Technology, with new courses added regularly. You can take technical programming and data analysis courses or leadership and communication. These on-demand courses allow you to learn anything ranging from leading high achievers mastering Canva, and becoming an Excel ninja. With a LinkedIn Premium subscription account, or if your work has an enterprise account, you can access tens of thousands of LinkedIn Learning courses for free, and take the courses based on your interest and availability. The bonus is that when you complete the course, you get a certificate of completion which you can add to your LinkedIn profile.
Long before I taught my courses on LinkedIn Learning, I was a devoted user of the platform and, to date, have watched over 100 courses on topics ranging from mentoring to Photoshop. The courses are always relevant, up-to-date, and expertly taught.
Here are ten must-see courses which should be on your radar:
10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid by Halelly Azulay
Cultivating Growth Mindsets by Gemma Leigh Roberts
Quick Scripts for Difficult Conversations by Alisa Cohn
Create and Deliver Standout Presentations by Melissa Marshall
Professional Networking by Dorie Clark
Preparing for Successful Communication by Sam Horn
Learning to be Promotable by Elizabeth Lotardo and Lisa McLeod
Managing a Multigenerational Team by Lindsey Pollak
Disrupting Yourself by Whitney Johnson
How to Have a Great Day at Work by Caroline Webb
If you want to learn new skills or reinforce those you already have, take charge of your professional development by taking online courses. This online opportunity to upskill might be a solution that is right at your fingertips.
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