By Matthew Lindsey - Vegas Young Professional Marketing Chair & Entrepreneur
Your educational journey doesn’t have to end with college. In fact, your educational journey doesn’t have to start with college. While colleges and universities are still seen as the most traditional source for obtaining a secondary and post-secondary education, there are many great options for continuing your education without breaking the bank.
Employers are looking for problem-solvers, and problem-solving is not always taught in a conventional college setting. Today’s workplace environment is evolving and it’s important to be empowered with the resources necessary to be competitive and effective in your role. Online platforms like Udemy, Lynda, and Khan Academy, are disrupting the traditional, linear model of education by offering a variety of courses in a variety of industries, and can be taken at your own pace.
MIT created OpenCourseWare to support learners everywhere in their quests to improve themselves and lift their communities. MIT has essentially made all their course content available to those who want to learn. You can log on to ocw.mit.edu to gain access to materials from around 2,340 courses.
If you’re interested in learning more about the world of social media marketing, Hootsuite has a robust online educational platform. Hootsuite also has training courses on learning the platform, as well as social marketing training where you can learn to develop fundamental social marketing skills. They also offer team training and online certifications.
One of the quickest ways to increase human capital is to apprentice under an expert in your field. Learning from those who have blazed a trail before you can quickly streamline you to garnering a new and valuable skillset. VYP’s Emerging Young Professionals Outreach Committee is looking for mentors and mentees for its brand-new mentorship program. If you’re interested, make sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education doesn’t end outside of the classroom. We never stop learning, and it’s important to continue your education, by any means necessary. The digital revolution has given us a way to learn faster, cheaper, and more efficiently, and it’s up to us to take advantage.