Hey Guys! Hope you are all well. The sunnier days and being able to meet people outside have definitely made me feel happier and more positive. Another great way to make use of lockdown is by learning new skills whilst working 9-5. I really enjoy learning new skills and developing my knowledge of specific topics.
Types of learning styles
There are four different types of learning styles and everybody learns in their own ways which include;
Visual – people who best internalize and synthesize information when presented to them in a graphic depiction
Auditory – these types of people learn best when given the opportunity to hear the information presented to them vocally.
Reading/Writing – people who work best in this style demonstrate a strong preference in the written word. Including written presentations or handouts.
Kinesthetic – learners who are hands-on, therefore need to take a physical role in the learning process.
I am different, a bit of a learning style floater, I love listening to podcasts but I get distracted so also fit into the Kinesthetic style as well. I think my career in marketing has also led to being more visual within my role.
Are you aware of which learning style suits you?
Ways to learn new skills
Distance learning courses are a great way to learn something new. It could be something completely different to our 9-5 job, or a way to enhance your working knowledge. Distance learning has an vast array of courses which you can undertake from Social Media courses to Educational or even hobby courses in Writing & Journalism. A great course for someone in Marketing could be their Website Design online course a great way for beginners to learn the ropes.. also no dreaded exams as the course is full on in practice practical assessments. Learning new skills is a great way to achieve your work goals and also boost your knowledge of key subjects.
Reading books, websites and textbooks are a great way to improve specific knowledge. Whether that be a new way to undertake a task, practical books for educational purposes like math textbooks or maybe a book about technics to cooking for chefs. Reading to absorb information works for some, but I know whilst studying it can be different to take it all in if this is your only method of study. Mixing up reading with another way to learn is key to stay motivated and on track to learning new skills.
A great way to learn a new skill is through a hobby. Something you really enjoy and what to improve at, or maybe a hobby you’d love to take up but never tried before. Hobbies range from learning to crochet or taking flying lessons. It could be something small, something which could take years to achieve but remember the world is your oyster! Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieve it. A hobby I’ve learnt over the years is candle making, and who knows it could be a secret side venture one… watch this space.
If you put your mind to it, you can literally achieve anything.
I hope you have found this post interesting, informative and something you may consider undertaking in the future if you haven’t done so already. I personal started learning new skills through the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) to help my career goals and it ultimately enabled me to apply for a new job which I have been in for nearly 2 years already. The skills I learn has also allowed me to help a friends small venture which is thriving!