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Your Development Isn’t Your Employers’ Responsibility

by Tanya April 11, 2017

Once upon a time, a college or university diploma meant getting a good and a stable job.

But graduating any institution just isn’t what it used to be.

Many people think that once they have the paper, and they start going to work, they stop learning.

This attitude diminishes your potential, because rapid changes in almost every area of the work is making your current knowledge obsolete.

Technological changes demand continuous connections between education and employment.

There are employers, who invest in vocational training, but you shouldn’t rely only on your employer for your professional and individual development.

Continuous learning should expand your horizons beyond your current job at hand and set you up for potential career shifts, which are likely to happen.

Lifelong learning should be your own responsibility.

Here are a few ways that can keep you learning after college or university.

Pursue certifications

Depending on what business you want to enter, it may well be that there is some kind of professional certification that can be obtained by way of completing courses or gaining some level of training experience.

One way to get valuable certifications is through Google. The search engine giant offers an AdWords certification that is a real advantage over other applicants when applying for digital marketing jobs.

There are also a number of certifications available for Microsoft covering a diverse range of studies, so you can find what works best for you.

Apply for graduate schools

Graduate school can naturally lead to a higher degree, which in certain cases can line you up for a better career.

But there are other aspects to this sort of additional education that make it a more comprehensive experience as well.

It would seem that even before attending school, students aiming for graduate programs achieve a level of self-reflection and lay out their career goals in a healthy and constructive manner.

Learn what the best grad schools are in the programs you’re interested in and what they’re looking for in potential candidates.

There’s also much more out there than just the GRE and you could be required to take the GMAT, LSAT or any number of other admissions tests.

Learn which exams are required for your program, so you can be prepared to succeed.

Find a passion – and write about it

This may sound trivial, but finding a passion and writing about it on your own blog or a website can actually help you to develop a variety of skill-sets.

You’ll be working on your writing, you may design a website on your own, and you’ll have to develop some marketing skills as well.

None of these things constitutes a ticket into the industry of your choice, but you might be surprised how often it comes in handy to have a personal project of sorts to list on your résumé.

Whether it’s a personal blog, a fashion catalogue, a travel site, or any number of other things, it can help to illustrate the idea that you are polished and professional, and it will refine some key skills of yours in the process.

WordPress is the most widely used and probably the best website building platform. However, WordPress requires some basic web-development skills, which can be a bit of a problem for some.

More straight-forward alternatives for non-techies are Weebly, Wix and Squarespace.

Learn a new language

People in hiring positions in a wide range of businesses still like to hear that applicants have mastery of multiple languages—particularly given that we live in an increasingly connected world. That’s a big reason why Lifehack article put it at the top of a list of ways to keep learning after college.

This is not to say that every career requires linguistic talents, but dedicating yourself to a foreign language keeps your brain active and provides you with a very useful skill.

Rosetta Stone has been one of the most popular language learning programs for years now and there’s a good reason for that – it works. While it can be a little pricy the comprehensive language courses are a great help for anyone looking to pick up a new language.

busuu is a social network for learning languages. They have both free and paid-for options. The website provides learning units for twelve languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. Users select one or more of these languages and work through the self-paced units.

For those who are looking for 100% free platforms – check out Duolingo. The platform includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. The free language learning app has quickly becoming immensely popular and is a fun and inexpensive way to learn a new language.

Complete courses at random

It’s easier than ever to keep taking college-level courses even after you’ve obtained a degree.

Graduates can now do anything from signing up for paid courses from universities online, to accessing free courses via apps and other online programs.

Unless a degree is involved, these won’t necessarily factor into your résumé, but you’ll be able to demonstrate that you’ve maintained a hunger for education and are proactive.

One of the most in demand skills today is knowing how to code. To get a head-start in this popular skill, Code Academy is one of those free platforms, where you can learn how to code in languages such as HTML, JavaScript, Ruby, and more.

At Coursera, you’ll be welcomed with hundreds of courses: from big data and data science to medical neuroscience and digital marketing and many many more.

If data is your big passion, head straight to Datacamp. It has a wide range of courses only dedicated to data science and analysis.

Khan Academy is 100% free non-profit educational organisation with a goal of creating an accessible place for people to be educated. The organisation produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos and is loved by over 3 million people.

Read a lot. Expand your English vocabulary

And finally, building your vocabulary is important, because your knowledge of a larger number of words and their meanings is essential to presenting your ideas persuasively. Whatever your industry.

Knowing how to create, evaluate and sell ideas is a must in today’s idea-centric economy.


This article was written by a writer Patti Conner. Thank you.

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