Do you know what the most popular class ever taught in Yale University’s 317-year history is? Do you also know there is a version of that class offered online – for free?
In fact, are you aware of the multitude of resources available to either sharpen your skills or learn a new subject?
One concern I have after talking to numerous clients over the past week is the job market. As one client stated to me “if people don’t prepare themselves on how we will operate in a post-COVID world, they will be left behind.” I couldn’t agree with her more. Businesses are trying to figure out “new norms” of operations and how to stay relevant. We – the work force – need to do the same. Depending on which statistics you read, there are between 15 – 20 million people unemployed right now. If you are one of those furloughed, or if you know someone that is, what can one do right now? I say: “take action!”
What actions can one take? Create a plan (of course). A very deliberate and purposeful plan will hone your skills, increase your knowledge, and make yourself more attractive to potential employers. There are free (or minimal cost) courses on Python, Excel, SQL, and PowerPoint. In limited time, I found courses on photography, web design, software development, leadership, and managerial skills. Here are some sites that may help you:
- From LinkedIn Learning (free one-month trial): https://www.lynda.com/
- To hear from a celebrity industry expert (subscription required): https://www.masterclass.com/
- Online learning platform from various Institutions (free and subscription options): https://www.coursera.org/
- Online learning, with more interactive projects (free trial available but most need subscription): https://www.skillshare.com/
There are many, many more than what I provided; I just hope to get you started in a good direction. Not feeling the need to increase your resume or learn a new trade though? Keep reading…
So, what is the most popular course ever taught at Yale? It is called “Psychology and the Good Life.” The subject is about Happiness. There was such overwhelming demand that Professor Laurie Santos, who created the course, then developed an iteration available on Coursera called “The Science of Well-Being”. If you are interested, here is the link to a story discussing the course. Within the article is a link to the course itself. At the end of the article there is a list of additional online course options.
Please remember that we are “here” and available for you. If you have any questions or concerns, financial or otherwise, please do not hesitate to call or email. If you have friends, family, or neighbors you feel would benefit from a conversation with me, I’m more than happy to have a call or jump on a Zoom meeting with them.
As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!