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Proven tips to help you upskill

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Online learning has dramatically increased in popularity over the last few months due to the strict lockdown period, but don’t stop now! Keep your mind active and up-skill with our proven tips to help you develop and progress in your career. Whether you are currently furloughed, working from home, back in work or job searching, these resources will benefit you.

Master working alone

Although there is an abundance of online resources and learning opportunities at your fingertips, there is a new difficulty of holding yourself accountable and having the discipline to work on your own. Learning on your own can present a lot of new challenges. Here’s how to overcome them: 

  • Ask a friend to keep you accountable. Tell your friend or family member to prompt you to start or to check in on how your online learning is progressing. Did you know you are 65% more likely to stick to a goal if you have someone to hold you accountable? 
  • Create the right environment. Find a quiet and distraction free place within your home. Don’t worry if you don’t have an office, this can simply be a desk set up in the corner of a room or the dining room table. Try not to work from your bed or bedroom as you want to keep work, learning, and relaxation separate. 

Set a realistic goal.

Don’t fall at the first hurdle by setting yourself an unrealistic goal such as learning 7 days a week. Start by attempting 30 minutes to 1 hour of online learning a week and slowly build it up. Set yourself a reminder and once you start your online learning, set a timer and you’ll feel motivated to get as much done within the time space you’ve allocated. 

Be picky. 

Don’t choose to take up the first online course you see in your email inbox. Be selective and find a course that you are interested in and supports your current skill set. There are plenty of online learning resources available, here are a few for you to choose from:

  • Future Learn. You can browse hundreds of online learning courses from top universities.
  • Udemy. No matter what your discipline or experience level, you can find a course to suit you through Udemy. Browse free or paid courses. 
  • National Careers Service. The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills.
  • Back2Work Complete Training. Back2Work Complete Training provides Pre-Employment Training throughout the UK.
  • LinkedIn Learning. Explore over 16,000 free and paid online learning courses from experts in their field.
  • The Open University. Browse nearly 1000 free courses from The Open University. The best thing? Their online learning courses are available to start right away. 
  • Alison Online Learning. Alison provides free online courses with certificates from the world’s leading experts. 

At PMP Recruitment we encourage all of our colleagues to continuously develop and strengthen their skillset. Do you want to join a company that promotes learning throughout your career? Find a job with us here.

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