Take a mid-year assessment of your skills.  What skills are your strengths?  Do you use them daily in your current job? 

What skills need development or improvement? These can be skills to help you in current job or to help you pursue another opportunity inside or outside your organization.

There are a lot of different ways to increase your skill level and there is a way that will fit in any lifestyle or budget as well.

Here are some different ways to expand your skill set:

  • College courses
  • Online courses
  • Online free classes
  • Free local lectures
  • Local classes
  • Info products
  • Books/workbooks/eBooks
  • Local library
  • Hands on training
  • Mentor/Coach/Teacher

As you can see there are many different ways to go about this and these are just some of the ideas that sprang to mind.

So, how do you expand your skill set into your life?  Maybe you take an afternoon and spend it in the library browsing material that you are interested in learning and seeing what you want to check out and dive into further.  Maybe you have a mentor that will teach you as you go or you are working in a position that gives you hands on training.  When you say you want to better yourself and learn more, I am hard pressed to find people that will turn you down.  Most people are more than happy to help you and teach you so you can get to where you want to be.  There is always a way to work expanding your skill set into your life.

There are so many different options and they don’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time.  Many classes and things that I listed you can do at your own pace. 

Figure out what type of learner you are first then go from there.  Do you learn better seeing things, hearing things or doing things?  Go that route and you will be excelling at any skills you want to in a short period of time!  We will talk more about what type of learner you are in this month’s blog.  Don’t miss it!!!

Set a goal (with a deadline) and get going!!!