4 Lessons I Learned After Enrolling In 11 Online Courses Last Year
I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with enrolling in online courses.
I am an optometrist by profession, but I am also someone who is curious and with a passion for learning new things. I always believe that learning new skills can broaden your horizons and open up to more opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic had made me panic. I did not lose my job, nor my salary was deducted. But seeing people around me and in social media losing their jobs and source of income scares me. I worried it might happen to me.
I had plans to specialise in Pediatric Optometry, but the pandemic ruined them.
I am looking for ways to upskill myself. I always think that we should learn as many skills as possible. It is like equipping yourself with different weapons that you can use. Many skills are transferable in other industries.
Hence, I decided that I wanted to learn something that is not optometry-related during my free time. I started enrolling in a bunch of online courses to find what interests and suits me.
I enrolled in 11 courses from Udemy and Coursera. Some are free, but the majority are paid courses.
Those courses are:
- Complete Web Design: From Figma to Webflow to Freelancing
- Secret Sauce of Great Writing
- Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery
- The Complete Copywriting: Write to Sell Like a Pro
- Build a Lucrative Copywriting Portfolio from Scratch
- 100 Days of Code — The Complete Phyton Pro Bootcamp for 2021
- Illustrator 2021 Masterclass
- Create Stunning Infographics to Share Your Ideas
- Digital Marketing by Facebook
- Value Investing
- Medium Mastery by Tom Kuegler
Within a year, I had tried coding, illustrating, digital marketing, investing, and writing. You can learn a lot online. With the internet, you have access to everything.
Here are four things that I learned from the online courses I enrolled in.
You Need To Apply What You Learned
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice Anton Chekhov
You are wasting money and time if you do not apply what you learned. The best way for us to improve our skills is by using them. For instance, if you knew about coding, create apps or software out of the skills you learned.
For me, I started to write more after attending the writing courses. I want to put what I learned to use. I started posting on Medium at the end of February, and now I had published 21 articles. As I write more, I find myself more comfortable and confident in writing.
Free Courses > Paid Courses
With the internet, you can get resources by googling it. There are many free courses out there for you to learn.
Paid courses are not always great. It does not mean that you pay for the course then the course would be top quality. There are many free courses out there that are better than paid courses.
For instance, I wanted to learn about SEO, and I thought of enrolling in one of the top-rated Udemy courses. Before I did that, I went on Google and search for SEO courses. I found Neil Patel’s free SEO course on Youtube. I completed the course, and the quality of that course is top-notch.
Do Your Research First
Before you enrolled on any course, do some research on the topic first. You can do it in two ways.
You can type in the skills you are interested in on Google and read about what they are about.
You should also speak to someone who specialised in the skills. They are the ones that are spending most of their time doing what you want to learn. Talking to them provides insights about the industry, and you can know whether it suits you.
Doing a quick search on the internet helps you save time and money. I made a mistake by not doing so and spent money enrolling in courses that I do not enjoy or finish.
You Will Realize What You Don’t Like
When you start dipping your toes into various industries, you will start to know yourself more. You will realize what you don’t like and find things you don’t want to do.
For instance, I only completed 10% of the Python coding course on Udemy. I tried it for a week, and I don’t like it. I might give it a try again in the future, but now, it is not something that I want to do.
Out of the things I tried and learned, I applied digital marketing to my current workplace, investing in the stock market, and started writing on Medium.
The key takeaway is that you should never stop learning. Don’t think that you are done after getting a university degree. You need to expose yourself to other skills in different industries.
I am an optometrist, but I am open to learning other skills, which might not be relevant to my profession. But it will open up to different opportunities in the future if I learned new skills.
Many jobs are on the verge of being replaced by technology. Robots can produce better works compared to humans. You might get bored of what you are doing now in 5 years. With the additional skills you learned during your free time, you have the opportunity to change fields.
Who would have thought that you could make money online ten years ago? The world is constantly changing, and I believe we should be adaptable too. We cannot depend on one skill for the rest of our life.