What's a Learning Plan, and Why Do You Need One?
When you were in high school, there were probably counselors that you saw at least once a year, whose jobs were to help you figure out the best courses to take to prepare you for college. In college, there were advisors, who helped you plan your degree in order to prepare you for the jobs and skills you wanted. But what happens after that?
Millenials will change jobs an average of 4 times in their first 10 years out of college. In a shift from the generation before us, those job changes often end up taking us to entirely new career paths, ones we weren’t prepared for by the education we received in college. I personally majored in music for my bachelor’s degree. When I left college, I joined the military and studied to be a linguist. Now that I’m out, I’m doing...neither of those things. But I don’t have the time or the money to go back to a brick-and-mortar college, and I know I’m not the only one.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that there was a whole world of online courses, many of them free, that I could use to my advantage to take me to the next stage in my life. And that world literally grows by the day. Many prestigious colleges and universities offer MOOCs (massive online open courses) on platforms like edX and Coursera, but it doesn’t end there, not by a long shot. Programs like Udemy and Skillshare are open for businesses and individuals alike to provide courses for anyone who wants to learn them, in subjects from social media marketing to Reiki healing. Giant platforms like Google and even the New York Times are beginning to offer their knowledge online too. And one of the fastest growing resources yet are small businesses, uploading courses of their own to teach what they know. You can find courses now on practically anything, from starting and growing a business to advice on how to live out of a van (seriously)!
With all of that knowledge out there, it easily gets overwhelming. Real life doesn’t offer school counselors and degree advisors to help you decide which courses will be most helpful for your personal life and career.
I’ve been there. I’ve felt that overwhelm. And now I’ve been immersed in the world of online learning for years, and one of the most fun things I do for myself is making plans and schedules that will help me learn what I need to succeed in business and in life. But I didn’t want to stop there. Having experienced the information overload that happens when you discover just how deep the learning rabbit hole goes, I wanted to help other people find their path and make their plan. That’s why The Constant Scholar exists. If you’re lost in your career and know you need a change, but don’t know how to make a change without spending time and money you don’t have, I’m here for you. Let’s find out together just how far self-education can take you!