We hope the new year is off to a great start. If you're like us, chances are you made the resolution to learn something new this year. To help you do so, we’ve put together a collection of 5 learning resources that we value. For those of you that haven’t committed to resolutions for 2018, hopefully, the resources below will inspire you to better yourself. From learning data science, to managing your personal finance, here are 5 cross-discipline learning tools. Let us know what you think!
Read & learn about new concepts (Blinkist)
Make 2018 the year where you broaden your horizon by learning about new subjects. If there's something you've been thinking of delving into, but want to learn more about it without investing a lot of time, try Blinkist. Blinkist condenses books into bite-sized insights in text and audio format. You get the gist of the book, without putting in the hours. Great for curious and busy people like you.
Learn a new language (Duolingo)
Learning a new language stimulates your brain in many ways while making it easier for you to travel. Make that a resolution for 2018 and learn a new language! While it may seem like a daunting task for some, the good thing is that it is easier than ever to do so. The Duolingo app is a great way to learn for free, anywhere anytime. The hard part is doing a little every day.
Learn Data Science (DataCamp)
There was more recorded data created in the last two years than in the 5,000 previous years of human existence. That makes data fluency an indispensable skill to help you succeed - no matter what industry you’re in. In 2018, you can become part of the exploding field of Data Science and Machine Learning by learning how you learn best: when you get to apply new concepts quickly. That’s why we’ve built a educational experience that focuses on learning, practicing and applying skills through courses that combine short expert videos with immediate hands-on-the-keyboard exercises. In continuation of this, we’ve also launched Practice Mode & Projects in the past year.
Learn Software Development (Pluralsight)
More interested in building an online product yourself? Then software development is the way to go. Software developers continue to enjoy high demand. While it may seem scary or not a good fit at first, this field is so broad that you will be able to find something that matches your interest and skill set. We recommend Pluralsight as your tool of choice to find out what you want to learn, and going for it. Pluralsight lets you assess your skills before teaching you all that you need to get where you want to go.
Learn How to Manage Your Personal Finance (LearnVest)
Personal finance is usually not something that is taught in school. But it is an essential skill for all to have. While it may be something that everyone agrees on is super important, a lot of people don’t ask the right questions and don’t spend enough time on it. This is how LearnVest can come in handy. LearnVest is a personal finance planning company that takes you from cutting expenses to budgeting for goals to investing your money. Unfortunately, personal finance apps don’t work easily across borders. You can find a list of good alternatives such as mint.com and personal capital on this article or with some research for local alternatives. In any case, make 2018 the year you get on top of your personal finances.
Regardless of what you decide, make 2018 a year where you accomplish a lot. And remember, an investment in education pays the best interest.