Lunch Break Learning

lunch break learningWhether you’re comfortable in your current position or not, it’s never a bad thing to learn a new skill or build upon an existing one. With the vast knowledge available via the internet, there’s really no excuse not to explore the opportunities. With time being money, I’ve saved you a little by doing some of the leg work for you. Check out some of these online learning tools and see what piques your interest!

TED Talks

I’m sure most of you are familiar with TED Talks but how often do you seek them out intentionally? TED’s mission is to build “a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world”. Sound like you? Oh, and these aren’t your typical lectures either, so go in with an open mind. Try to make a pact with yourself to watch one a week, month, or whatever works best for you. To the TED newbies, here’s a playlist of TED’s Most popular talks of all time to get you started.

Coursera

Ever wanted to take a class on something without enrolling in college and racking up loan debt? Yeah, us too. The good news is that you can and it’s totally free! From chemistry to marketing, Coursera’s mission is to provide everyone access to the world’s best education. Check out some of the courses available by clicking here.

DuoLingo

DuoLingo teaches you to learn different languages for free – free of cost and free of advertising. I decided to try it out myself and it is extremely intuitive. Honestly, I find it a bit addicting as I’ve already completed level one of Spanish before I finished this article. If you are looking to brush up on a language you once knew, you can test out of certain skills to pick up where you left off. You can also set up the amount of time you’re willing to dedicate to learning a new language and DuoLingo will adjust your learning sessions accordingly. I suggest you try it out!

CodeCademy

Looking to create your own website, app, etc? Well, the first step is to learn coding. Seems ambitious but lucky for you, CodeCademy has got you covered. You’d be joining the ranks of the 24 million people already learning from CodeCademy. They offer free coding courses that are instinctual and can be learned at your own pace. Although, I have a feeling once you get started you won’t want to stop. If you’re not convinced you’re the “type” for coding, you may want to take a peek at the testimonials. Don’t forget to give me a shout out when your billion dollar app makes it big!

Looking for more? A little research goes a long way. Whatever it is you’re looking to learn is sure to be within your reach, often times for free. Happy learning!