What careers will meet the growing deficit of skills and talents in the coming years? What are the sectors?
The way we work has already changed and the continuing evolution of technology will change the skills needed to obtain the best jobs over the next 5 years.
Look to sectors that are being disrupted or will be disrupted.
This is the future of work, It has already started and moving forward with or without you.
How are you preparing for the future of work? Leave a comment below.
Today I watched a marketer pretend to be an educator.
Online learning is never about passive income or get rich quick schemes, it's about value and offering courses that are more than just a well-produced lecture video.
Here are three changes in online learning that are happening and will hopefully give us less of the online learning used car salesman.
1. Video focused based learning sites are less valuable to the learner and most do not complete the course
2. The most valuable form of learning is consumed through peer to peer social networks
3. Project-based learning online is becoming a powerful force in developing skills for success, essential knowledge, and understanding
Just about every big online learning site and course instructor minimizes the importance of the last two.
Have you had a positive or negative experience with online learning? Share your story below in the comment section.
I went to my temple the other day. Not a religious temple as most traditionally think, but my temple, the place where I feel inner peace, am able to reflect, think about life and study art, nature and history.
That temple is the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I was able to bow to the Masters...Rembrandt, Homer and one of my favorites, John Singer Sargent.
Sargent was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation". Portrait painting allowed him to gain commissions to earn a livelihood.
The show at the Met, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends celebrated the non-commissioned portraits that showcased his skills as an artist who can master creating a work of art with just a few brush strokes.
I took the day to study his work, first by observation and then by copying. By studying his work, I learned the following:
Although I love the detailed completed work, the real passion and enjoyment was the actual doing and creation of the work.
I started to get wrapped up in the details and I noticed myself getting more anxious as the time went on.
The goal was not perfection...but to learn, relax and enjoy my time creating.
Even as I write this post to you the question I ask myself is: when is it good enough?
Have you fought with over analyzing something or making something more complicated than it has to be? Leave a comment below.
Over the past few years, I have signed up for online courses, watched videos, listened to Podcasts and attended talks. But my biggest learning experience has been through my PLN (Personal Learning Network).
A PLN is an informal global network of people that you personally choose to interact with online and share knowledge with. I have created my own personal learning network on multiple social media channels, become part of a Mastermind group and have found learning opportunities through many experts around the world.
For those of you that are interested in creating a PLN you might have been creating one already and not even have known it. How many of you are part of a Facebook group, chat daily on Twitter, connect on Linkedin and create & share Pinterest boards? Well some of these groups, boards and Twitter conversations are actually part of your PLN.
Now don't get me wrong, some Facebook groups are not PLN's like the local group on Facebook for selling or swapping things, but I do have groups that I am part of around specific topics or interests. Here are some examples of my own PLN's:
These are examples of my personal PLN, you now have an opportunity to create your own individual PLN around your own interest, whether it is photography, business, marketing or furniture making.
For me being a connected learner has been my greatest learning experience, I can't tell you how many times people have taught me something new or have given me advice, ideas and most of all have helped save me from wasting a ton of time on ideas that just weren't good.
As seen in my list above, there are plenty of networks to connect on, just try not to overwhelm yourself and do them all.
How do you learn best? Please leave a comment below and share a success story on a great self-learning experience that you have had?