Sharpen Your SkillsOur economy is being challenged in ways that continue to test the mettle of our hearty New Englander condition. Facing fickle weather is one thing – we’re born and raised to do that; when that’s combined with a worldwide pandemic, it’s pretty clear that this is a true test of what we’re made of.  This is a true ‘one-two punchIf you’ve found yourself in a situation that gives you time at home that you hadn’t planned on, at Masiello Employment we’re here to encourage you to use your time in ways that will give you a great pay off for your investment of time.   

We want to help you realize that you can use this unplanned time off to learn new skills and/or improve those that you already have.  Especially in technical skills. Setting yourself up to grow into a better position when you’re ready to go back to work is a win for you and a win for your employer!  

We recognize that with changed schedules, families, and financial restrictions, it is almost impossible to enroll in full-time programs. However, there are some terrific, low-cost options available to you to learn and grow at your own pace. In the days where internet connectivity has become commonplace, online education is closer to becoming the new normal. Below you will find some of our favorite resources for learning and improving your skills  

The first resource that comes to mind is a site called Lynda (www.lynda.com) now owned by Linkedin; this site is a solid career resource for professionals of all levels. Lynda is aligned a bit more with career development, perfect for your situation of you are reading this blog. Lynda uses a pricing model that charges a flat monthly fee for unlimited courses, which allows you the opportunity to try a course, and move on to another if the course or the subject matter isn’t to your liking. At around $29.99 a month, it’s quite a deal, and according to this article in Smallbusiness.com– you can potentially bypass the fees if you work with your local library. Give it a try! BUT: the company offers a free 30-day trial, which may be sufficient to get a good idea of the caliber of classes offered. 

 Another online course repository we want you to know about is called Udemy (www.udemy.com) who offers a dizzying array of online video classes. Prices for some of these courses can be shockingly high, but if you sign up for their e-newsletter, the site regularly offers full classes for $10-15 which really softens the blow. With over 17,000 classes available, there is something for everyone. Photography, web development, health education, or even learning a new language are all found in Udemy’s catalog. Each course is rated by users to ensure only the best quality courses filter to the top, and courses are also available on mobile devices for offline or online use. 

 If money is tight and finances are of utmost concern, fear not. MIT has put some real-life, college-level courses online, that you can take absolutely free of charge. These are real-time college courses that exist for the greater good of education on a donation-only model. The downside of college-level courseware is that there are more resources to juggle – curriculum, PowerPoint, calendars, and textbooks, whereas the aforementioned self-contained resources (Lynda and Udemy) are more video-based and designed to be consumed on ipads and laptops. But for the price, this resource can’t be beat!   

During this pandemic, take advantage of new-found extra time and expand your education and skills. Then, consult with our team at Masiello Employment to see how we can help you find a role that best utilizes your newfound skills. It’s a fact that when you invest in yourself, the investment that your value will appreciate. Bring your best self to work! You’ll be on your way to a better you in 2020 and beyond!