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June 11, 2020

Pursuing Professional Development Opportunities at Home

We have all said, “I would love to do [blank] if only I had more time”. Now that we are all social distancing, there has never been a better time to start pursuing your goals, especially your career goals. Professional development opportunities are often passed on during the normal hustle and bustle, but if you have always wanted to advanced your education or gain new skills, now is the time to make those goals a reality.

Take a Virtual Course

Currently, many colleges and universities are offering online classes for a discounted price, making it a great time to start working towards another degree or just indulge in some subjects that you have been wanting to know more about.

Online Certifications

There are tons of certification opportunities online that look great on your resume, but only take a few sessions to complete. Tackling even two or three while you are quarantining will keep your mind and your skills sharp.

Improve Specific Skills

Work to develop the skills in your tool belt, from technical skills, like increasing how many words you can type per minute, to soft skills, such as improving your time-management skills. Taking a specific and personalized approach will ensure your skillset is top-notch.

Watch a Webinar

There are hundreds of lectures and seminars that have been published online, most given by experts in the subjects they are discussing. If you are not quite ready to take on a multi-week course, watching an hour-long webinar can give you a glimpse into the subject before diving in.

Research the Latest and Greatest

Regardless if you have been working in your industry for two or twenty years, you might not be up to date on the newest trends or advancements. Doing research on what innovations are being developed or implemented will ensure you stay ahead of the curve.

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