Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Get your free online education

I'm a strong believer in lifelong learning, both for career development and on general principle. In addition to the actual skills or knowledge you gain in a course, it makes for a good story of how you're investing in yourself—even if you're currently employed (if you don't invest in yourself, why would your employer?). It can also be a partial answer to the "what have you been doing lately" interview question.

The problem for the jobseeker is the high cost of corporate training, which can easily exceed $1,000 for a 5-day class. For the budget-constrained, here are some sources of free online education.

In addition to online sources, remember your local community college, university extension and other adult education options. Some of these are explicitly intended to help jobseekers in the employment market.

One source that's not free—but I've been a fan for years—is The Teaching Company, which sells lecture series in audio and video formats. Only a few of their courses are business-related, but all of them contribute to keeping life, and the learner, interesting.

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