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Just because you’ve graduated doesn’t mean that you’re done learning. Throughout your entire life there will be a countless times where you can learn. From learning from experience to learning the hard way, it never really stops. There’s a handful of ways to fine-tune your existing skills and find out new things about today’s ever-evolving business world. Here are four examples of how former business majors can keep engaged throughout their careers.
According to Ad Age, 75 percent of people feel they are not quite living up to their creative potential. And, Creative Minds reports that creativity fades away when we do not use it. However, a study from IBM found that over 1,500 CEOs from across the globe rated creativity as the single most important factor for success. Don’t let your creative potential go to waste. It may hurt your business career.
Sign up to take a painting or pottery class as a way to express your creativity. Not only do art classes teach you how to express your creativity, they can help you relax and unwind from a stressful day at the office. Do you enjoy writing? Schedule just one hour per week for writing time, it doesn’t matter what you write about, as long as you put pen to paper.
Learn to Code
Developer and chief technology officer at College Ease, Joe O’Brien, believes that coding skills are essential in today’s business world, even if you have a non-technical job, stating that computing is a vital part of what everybody does nowadays in an interview with ReadWrite. Even if a CEO never codes for a company, he says, understanding what is happening is going to be huge.
The online learning source, Udemy, offers more than 30,000 courses, many of which are coding courses. Over 7 million students have used Udemy to learn a new skill. Simply enter in what you would like to learn, coding for entrepreneurs, or, coding for beginners, for example, and Udemy brings up a list of the most relevant courses. You can filter the results by price, popularity, language, rating or how new it is to narrow down the search results.
Build a Website
After you’ve learned the basics of code, you can create your own website. Most learning is done through actual experience, so start building a website or a portfolio to hone your coding skills. Having a portfolio is a great way to showcase your work and it’s a valuable add-on to your digital resume. Online resources like Best 10 Website Builders can guide you in the right direction. The website includes reviews of website builders and gives users in-depth information pertaining to sites like GoDaddy, Wix, Weebly and more.
Attend A TED Talk
Not all learning takes place in the classroom. In 1984, TED began as a conference that focused on technology, entertainment and design. Today, TED has grown to cover almost every topic imaginable, operating under the tagline “ideas worth spreading.” Online there are more than 2,000 informative, educational and inspiring topics to watch. TEDx Events are happening every day in cities across the world. Each event is organized by the local community. To locate a TEDx Event in your area, visit the TED website and click on the “Attend” tab. TED also hosts conferences around the globe from Brazil to Monterey, California, however these conferences require an application in order to attend.