Investing in Your Education
Hey there! Welcome to Lettered in the Sky - a thoughtful and purposeful life! This blog is all about helping YOU create a life and career you’re passionate about. And a huge part of growing that is embracing education and new experiences.
With summer almost here, it’s the perfect time to think about ways to invest in your education and in your career growth. Summer seems to be a lot slower and really allows us the time to reflect and think about what we want for seasons moving forward. (I’ve always gotten my newest ideas and inspiration during the summer months.)
You may be thinking though, “Skylar, this is my down time, why on earth would I want to spend my free time learning?” Well my friend, the answer is simple - your career needs it! If you want to be in a better position in a year, you’re going to need to spend some time working towards those goals. Keep reading for ways you can invest in your education this summer.
Attend a conference or retreat - This one is rather obvious, but there’s some great in-person training opportunities that happen during the summer. Find one in a city you’re already headed for vacation or stay at the conference destination an extra few days for some personal time too. (This can range in price, but talk with your supervisor, HR department, or student government association to see if there are any professional development funds that could be used to assist in the cost.)
Watch a webinar series - You can learn a lot from an hour-long video training, especially if you’re looking to gain new insights and ideas to share in interviews or in your position. Keep your eye out for newsletters, professionals on instagram, and even management systems you use to see if they’re offering anything that would be helpful to you. (Webinars range in cost, but take advantage of those that are free, even if the topic isn’t 100% what you’re looking for, you could get one good nugget of information to help you.)
Take a class - Again, this may be obvious too, but taking a class at the local community college, library or even online can help you get an edge in your career field. It could be as simple as taking a photography course to help with your technique or taking a management class to assist you in your new role. (Courses also range from free to $50 to hundreds, you just want to do your research and find something that works best for you. MOOC courses are a great resource and the majority are free!)
Read a book - Reading a book or magazine is one of the easiest ways to invest in your education. You can check out blog posts or pinterest articles about books related to a specific subject to learn more about it. One of the coolest things about reading a book is that you can reread it multiple times and learn something new. (Get a library card and you can check out books for free, otherwise head to your local bookstore to find something that inspires you.)
Talk to people - One of the easiest ways to learn and invest in your career is by meeting people, interviewing others who inspire you and just taking the time to network. Just as summer is your slow time at work, it is too for colleagues in higher positions. They’re more likely to say yes to a coffee meeting or informational interview if they aren’t slammed with deadlines and upcoming events. Hearing from others about what worked for them in their career can provide you with great inspiration and ideas for your own growth! (This could be the least expensive, but also one of the most beneficial because you’re networking, but also learning from others’ experiences.)
I hope you can find one way to invest in your education this summer - especially one that gets you super excited for your career growth! Have questions or wondering what to do next? Be sure to reach out to me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat!