According to recent Gallup research, 48 percent of the American workforce is actively looking to change jobs, and employee disengagement is cited as the main reason for the shift.
In a previous Life in Tech article, we looked at ways to make a successful career change, offering tips for upgrading your skills and getting certified to help keep you on track. This type of continuous learning can lead not only to new job opportunities but also to increased engagement and improved job satisfaction.
Here, we’ll look at various ways to approach continuous learning and provide resources to help you get started.
Continuous learning is the ongoing expansion of knowledge and skill sets, says Wesley Chai at TechTarget. In the workplace, the concept involves developing new skills and knowledge, while also reinforcing what has been previously learned, he notes.
Continuous learning can take many forms but is generally grouped into three main categories: formal, social, and self-directed. According to Valamis, these categories can be defined as follows:
Formal learning includes initiatives that are designed and implemented for a specific learning purpose or goal, such as:
- University or college courses
- E-learning courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs)
- Training programs
Social learning encompasses ways to increase knowledge or learn skills through interaction with others, including:
- Discussion and collaboration on social media
- Attending conferences
- Participating in online communities, such as open source projects
- Coaching and mentoring
- On-the-job training
Self-directed learning involves improving your knowledge and understanding without a formal framework or goal. This can include:
- Research and reading
- Listening to podcasts or watching instructional videos
- Experimentation and exploration
Many workplaces provide opportunities for continuous learning, but if you are seeking to improve your skills on your own, taking courses through an online learning platform can offer measurable improvement and progress toward your goal.
Online Learning Platforms
Gone are the days when you had to be present in a classroom to acquire an education, says Chandan Kumar. “Thanks to the online world, things have changed now and for good,” he says. “Now, all you need is a device and an internet connection to access massive sources of information and learn your desired skills.”
Online learning can also offer benefits over traditional classrooms, including:
- Learning at your own pace
- Cost effectiveness
- Ongoing access to content
- Frequently updated materials
Many online learning platforms offer both free and paid courses covering a wide array of topics, including programming, web development, cybersecurity, machine learning, cloud computing, and more.
The following online learning options are worth checking out whether you’re interested in learning new skills or continuing your education at your own pace:
Check out the additional resources below and start learning now.
- 5 Study Tips to Making Tough Subjects Easier to Learn from Connections Academy
- 6 Steps to Teach Yourself System Administration from FOSSlife
- 7 Reasons Why Continuous Learning is Important from LinkedIn
- Discover Your Learning Style from Education Corner
- Creating a Continuous Learning Environment from Deloitte
- Getting Started in Cybersecurity from FOSSlife