This a guest post from Adnan Karimjee, an Entrepreneur in Dubai and a Client Relationship Manager at inkMASH
“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” – Eric Hoffe
When I left university I was overjoyed. No more lectures, no more earning, no more deadlines, no more stress! Now to start my career path and start making some money! Well that notion worked for a while until the recession hi
t and realising that if you are not working you have a lot of time on your hands. Stories floated around about people returning to university or taking on various training courses. In theory it was a great idea. The thinking being that the more knowledge you have the better advantage you have over the next candidate. However, for me personally I saw 2 problems with this:
1. Money: Courses are expensive no matter how you look at it.
2. Geography: In my part of the world, finding educational institutes that offered short/flexible courses was not that easy and with again going to point 1, was quite expensive.
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However, one thing I realised was the above was just excuses – especially if you consider the wealth of information available online. From podcasts to online courses, there was quite literarily no stopping you from learning anything you wanted. With so many choices you are in quite a labyrinth of what to learn and what is right for you.
“one of the keys to maximising your life is to keep the brain learning”
It can be quite daunting but from what I have experienced, anything you do come across and take up, even if it may not seem right for you at the moment can still have an impact. My love of photography came from stumbling across a course on light photography.
- Coursea is a fantastic tool to find free online courses.
- Khan Academy (With a library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice).
- Life Hacker U (more about skills and tech related but still really good)
- TedX videos on YouTube (if you have been lucky to have attended a TedX event you will know how insightful this is)
- Itunes U
- If you are always on the move or drive a lot then don’t overlook the power of podcasts. They can be quite entertaining and a great source to kill time. Plus it is always with you.
This is barely the tip on the iceberg but it just shows how much of an opportunity we have to strengthen our skills and to develop new ones. There are while communities geared to this and who knows who you will meet or what you will learn.