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Boosting Your Skills Online During COVID-19

Bosma Enterprises - 4/24/2020 11:07:23 AM

Around the country, stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 are being extended, and people are running out of shows to stream! You may be wondering just what to do with all the extra time at home.

Around the country, stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 are being extended, and people are running out of shows to stream! You may be wondering just what to do with all the extra time at home. 

 

(If you’re wondering if - or how - people who are blind watch tv, check out our previous blog post here.)

 

This is the perfect time to brush up your skills, or learn something new entirely! The world is quite literally at your fingertips. Below, we’ve rounded up some resources to take advantage of this time inside to boost your skills or learn new ones for free.

 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

This quarantine has led to many trainings and events being offered online. For example, Salesforce Connections and the Adobe Summit have made the decision to go virtual - and also free of charge - making them accessible to all, regardless of location or budget.

 

To get the most out of virtual events, make sure you treat each one as you would if you were attending in person. Connect with other attendees, use the event hashtag on social media and plan ahead to ensure you attend the talks that most interest you.

 

Eventbrite.com is a great place to search for events relevant to you.

 

TED TALKS

TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity. Visit ted.com/talks to search over 3,400 talks and find the ones right for you.

 

In October 2018, our own President & CEO, Jeff Mittman, delivered a powerful TED Talk at Indiana University. Check it out here.

 

WEBINARS

Webinars allow large groups of participants to engage in online discussions or training events. They are a great way to learn more about a specific topic in a short period of time. Many organizations host free webinars regularly. Check out hubspot.com or even do a quick Google search to find lots of options for any topic that interests you.

 

PODCASTS

Podcasts are a great tool for easy learning, especially if you’re on the go. Simply open your favorite streaming app, and search for your desired topic. Pop in your headphones and learn something new while you’re cooking dinner, driving to your curbside grocery pickup or enjoying a walk around the neighborhood on a nice day.

 

While you’re at it, don’t forget to subscribe to the Navigating Blindness Podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes so you never miss a new episode!

 

DIGITAL COURSES

Coursera is an online learning platform that offers open online courses, specializations and even certificates and degrees! There are free and paid options for learning. Visit coursera.org/browse to explore the topics and skills they offer.

 

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is another great online resource with expert-led courses. There is a free 1-month trial, then a monthly or annual subscription. You get access to over 15,000 courses that you can watch anytime on your computer or phone and you even earn a certificate when you complete each course. Start your free month and see the available courses here.

 

LEARN A SECOND (OR THIRD OR FOURTH) LANGUAGE

Bilingualism can be a huge asset for job seekers. According to a 2017 report by New American Economy, the need for bilingual workers in the United States more than doubled in five years. Duolingo is a fun free resource that makes learning a new language feel like a game. It is available online at duolingo.com or as an app on the App Store or Google Play. After completing the full track of a language, you’ll be able to carry on a basic conversation.

 

JOIN AN ONLINE GROUP

Join a group on Facebook or LinkedIn to connect with other individuals who share your passions! Whether it’s writing, photography, crafting, cooking or anything in between, there is sure to be a group out there. These pages offer resources and advice from people like you, looking to share and learn together.

 

Take advantage of this extra time to learn new skills that will help you be even better at what you do. When we’re all able to head back to work, you can leverage your new skills for a raise or take on a new role. Make the most of these uncertain times, your future self will thank you.