Lifelong Learning

They may be cliches, but the sayings are true – change is a constant and nothing in life is certain. As I prepare for the upcoming major changes to my work life I feel a great deal of uncertainty. That’s where the learning bit comes in.

I may not know where I will be working or what I will be doing in a few months, but I do know that I can prepare myself to better face whatever comes by doing a bit of learning. My source of choice at the moment is Lynda.com.

I am a long term subscriber to Lynda.com, long enough that I don’t really remember how many years it has been. Speaking of change, their offerings have changed over the years and that is good for me right now. At first they had elearnings that were largely software based. I could brush up on my Excel, Word and other Office Suite skills. I spent hour after hour following Deke’s Techniques for Photoshop and Illustrator and viewing other software elearnings. They still have the software courses but they have gained in breadth and depth and have been joined by a large batch of soft skills courses. Now they have courses on “Recovering from a Layoff”, “Creating a Career Plan”, “Working Remotely”, “Creating your Personal Brand” and more.

I have been taking a lot of elearnings in the past few weeks.

Even the courses targeted more to new entrants in the job market like “Job Hunting for College Grads” have valuable tips and information for a more mature worker who has trouble fitting her job experience onto the standard two page resume. It has been 5 years since the last time I was actively looking for work and much has changed in the way that social media and online tools are used in the hiring process both for job seekers and employers.

The courses I have taken and the ones I will be taking in the next few weeks don’t guarantee me success in a job search. They do make me feel more confident and comfortable. Instead of feeling lost and uncertain I have a plan and a place to start.

Let the adventure continue…