Let's Build Those Skills!

Welcome back! Thank you for sticking with me as we tackle this survival list together. I know that it has not been easy and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. But I promise you there is light at the end of this weird and confusing tunnel! So far, we have tackled giving yourself some grace to grieve, pulling yourself together, and creating a plan for the future. Now we will be covering how to build a skill or two that will help you now and in the future, while also stacking your resume.

Below are the stages of my survival list that we have covered up until now:

Mari’s Survival List:

1. Take a breath & grieve for what has happened – DONE

2. Pull yourself together & apply for unemployment when you qualify – DONE

3. Create a plan – DONE

4. Find some free educational tools & gain a professional skill

5. Create a brand for yourself by building a website

6. Update your resume & LinkedIn

7. Let people know what you have been up to

8. Celebrate!!

4. Find some free educational tools & gain a professional skill

I have always wanted to gain a better understanding of Google Analytics. Since I have been looking to gain some new skills, I dug a bit deeper and discovered that they have a free academy. This academy allows you to get certified in two different categories: as a beginner or advanced user. So began my journey in creating a better, more knowledgeable self. After two weeks of creating my plan, I finished the beginner’s course and began my advanced course this week with the goal of completing at least a lesson plan per week.

From friends and colleagues, I also discovered edX, a great resource with over 2,500+ online courses provided by accredited and reputable sources such as Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, IBM, NYU, and more. You can build skills for little or no cost in a variety of subjects including languages, computer science, and business management.

Another tried and true way to build skills as a visual learner is through TED. TED has a wide variety of different topics such as technology, health, and identity. These short videos are something great to watch or listen to in order to break up hours of listening to music, tv, or silence. In order to understand topics that I am unfamiliar with, I work best off of examples, making TED an ideal format for me. I find them thought provoking and get some of my best ideas from watching other people talk through their own accomplishments or failures. The videos tend to be around ~20 minutes long so a little bit shorter than an episode of a show or a few songs from your favorite band.

Hopefully through this post you are able to find a new avenue to build a skill or educate yourself on something new. Learning is never stagnant and life is never linear. By continuing to broaden your horizons and develop new skill sets, you can better yourself during this furlough and come out better for it on the other side! Catch up with me in my next blog post as I tackle how to build a personal brand and build a website. Until then, stay safe, healthy, and productive!



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