Skill development is a must for creative professionals who want to stay relevant, secure plum assignments, and earn a higher salary or promotion. Check out these five affordable skill development options:
On-the-job training. Know colleagues who have mastered skills you’d like to learn? Find out if they would be willing to give you a few pointers. Or, approach your manager about setting up a brown-bag series where employees can learn from experts during the lunch hour.
Mentoring. A mentor can be someone in your department, from another department or outside your company. Think about the type of skills you want to acquire to help pinpoint prospective candidates.
Traditional classes. Check to see if a nearby university offers a certificate program or allows students to take classes without pursuing a degree. If you want to learn a specific skill, like coding or
consider enrolling in a workshop.
E-learning. This approach to skill development allows you to listen to lectures, chat with classmates, submit coursework and meet with instructors without leaving your home or office. (Some companies, like The Creative Group, even offer free courses.) MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are another option for those who want to learn at their own pace.
Webinars. If you’re truly strapped for time, consider registering for a webinar once or twice each quarter. Many are less than an hour and can be viewed live or on demand.
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