Keep Your Skills Sharp

By, 09/30/2015

When you’re in school, you seemingly have limitless time to sharpen your skills. In many ways, that is the point of academia: learning about different subjects to add to your overall knowledge base. However, once you enter the workforce, the education process shouldn’t stop. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to pony up for tuition—you may just need to take matters into your own hands.

Fortunately, plenty of options are available for the willing learner. Many companies offer internal supplementary education—after all, employee improvement benefits the employer, too—and courses can range across the spectrum, from industry-specific information to general skill building. For example, throughout my short career, I’ve taken classes like “Finance 101” and “Public Speaking” through my company, Fisher Investments.

There is also that little resource known as the Internet, which can connect you to any interest you have in a matter of seconds. A simple search on a topic like “Computer Coding” will yield plenty of introductory material, much of it free. Those who seek to enhance their professional skillset have a bounty of options—the hardest part may be figuring out how to start!