Improving your Skills in your Free Time

Think about what you want for yourself, your family, your life, and what you need to get there. Now, take a moment and think about how you spend your free time. You might be thinking you are too busy and have no free time. But think a little more. Are there times you spend on social media? How often do you pick up your phone during the day? Or check your email? Or watch TV? Or sit on the couch and do nothing? Now is the perfect time to use your free time for personal growth opportunities, to work on improving your qualifications, and learn new skills.

Earlier in this newsletter we talked about using your time to be proactive to get employment. If getting employment is your goal, then you can analyze job descriptions by listing each required skill and experience. Consider whether you have that skill and are proficient in it or if you need to learn it. To market yourself as the best candidate, you can use this time and information to improve your skills and qualifications. There are plenty of free online courses you can access including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), EdX classes (featuring free courses from MIT and Harvard), Coursera (an online education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide), and if you have a library card, you can access Gale Courses (choose from hundreds of interactive, instructor led online courses).

Decide what your goals are and take the steps necessary to achieve them. It is perfectly fine to enjoy some free time as well to recharge your batteries and stay fresh. Getting what you want out of life is up to you. If you are lacking skills, knowledge, or the information you need, don't let that be a barrier for you. Start taking the action today.