I’ve never been the type that hated school, but now I’m sure glad that part of my life of needing formal education is over. My college experience was probably pretty average. I went to 4.5 years of business school and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in 2009. While the overall experience was good, I didn’t have interest in 100% in the classes I needed to take in order to graduate. I guess that’s just the way school is though right?
I remember while at my very first marketing job I contemplated going back to school to get my MBA. I went to two different schools to sit in on presentations on their master’s programs. At that point, I had very little idea about what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. On top of that, these programs were PRETTY pricey! I’m so happy I ended deciding NOT to pursue a master’s program. It wasn’t the right time and I think I would have regretted it.
After college, I enjoyed taking classes and seminars here and there in subjects that I actually wanted to learn about and apply in my career. I took photography, Photoshop, InDesign, & Dreamweaver classes, digital marketing classes, and got my certification in web design.
I did all of these classes while I was working full time and building my side-business. For the most part, these were one-day classes that were jam-packed with new information. I got SO much value out of these classes, probably more valuable than what I learned in college. It helps when you are able to apply the new information to your job or to something you are working towards.
For the past few years I haven’t been taking any new classes, but now I want to get back into learning new STUFF. I recently joined SkillShare, which is an online community of different creative and business classes that you can watch on your own schedule. I try to watch 2-3 classes a week. Some are 30 minutes, while others are two hours.
The main areas that I want to learn more about this year are:
- Web design – layouts, styles, and color theory
- WordPress Development – Backend & PHP Language
- Writing & Blogging
- Freelancing & business
- Digital marketing – SEO, social, email, and online advertising
Technology is always changing, so I’m thinking it’s going to be a great way to continue learning more about design, web trends, and marketing that’s going on. I’m excited to learn more and to incorporate new practices and processes into my business. I also hope to be able to pass some of my learnings off to my clients so I can better help them meet their goals!
Have you ever tried SkillShare or other learning platforms? What’s your experience? Comment below =)
Thanks for Reading,