Think education stops after graduation? Think again!
Riiiiiiing! It’s the class bell, waking you up out of your daze and reminding you it’s time to attend yet another class in a subject that seems utterly boring. You persevere, wishing you could finally learn something that actually interests you. Does this sound anything like your high school or college experience? If so, now is the time to take control of your education experience with the latest online learning tools.
With more resources and technology available than ever before, there’s no reason why you can’t get started learning something new or expanding your existing knowledge of a subject, in your own free time, at a low or zero cost! Online programs like Coursera, Khan Academy and Lynda are leading the online education space and changing the way people look at learning.
Are you ready to become a lifetime learner? Browse through some of these offerings and see what you could master next:
Coursera is an incredible online resource that strives to transform lives by providing accessible and valuable learning tools. By partnering with colleges and universities, every course is taught by top professors and includes recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments and community discussion forms at a fraction of the cost of a college course. If you feel like you can’t get a handle on your demanding schedule, check out Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity. Courses like Finance for Non-Finance Professionals are a great way to broaden your industry knowledge without needing to receive an additional degree.
Khan Academy is a unique non-profit organization that specializes in offering classes and subjects you would find at a traditional high school, making it a great resource for brushing up on basic math, science, history or English knowledge. Improve your writing with a grammar class or learn a new skill through their multiple computer science courses. Thinking about going back to school? They also offer GMAT and LSAT training for free!
Owned by LinkedIn, Lynda is a leading online learning platform providing solutions for business, higher education, government, finance and everything in between. Lynda provides many in-depth offerings, with everything from Excel Essential Training to Preparing For Your Review and Leading With Purpose. With classes ranging from 25 minutes to four hours, there’s ample opportunity to pick something that fits into your interests and schedule.
Don’t let lack of extra income or flexibility keep you from pursuing what you’re passionate about. All it takes is a computer and a little bit of drive to make yourself into a learner for life. Plus, if you become a member of the Advance Financial team, the learning doesn’t stop there. We value professional development and encourage our employees to grow professionally and personally through various programs, including our Manager Certification Program and our monthly management camps.