Life is about learning and growth and there’s no better way to learn more than self-study. It’s too short to learn everything. That means you have to focus on your top priorities. For most people, work is a top priority, and upskilling for it is a must. With that in mind, here is a quick look at your options and how to use them.

basic self-study

Never underestimate the value of basic self-study. It’s absolutely amazing how many high-quality resources you can get for free. If you have even a small budget then you open up even more options. Self-study can be used simply to keep your brain active. If, however, you’re willing to put more effort into it, it most certainly can be a path to further work opportunities.

With self-study, the real challenge is proving what you know. Fortunately, there are some straightforward ways to overcome this. Option one is to create a portfolio. This tends to be easiest when you’re learning practical skills. It can, however, be done for more theory-based subjects like business skills.

The key here is to look for ways to apply your skills and keep a journal of the results. Remember, mishits can be as useful and interesting as successes. Alternatively, analyze case studies from other businesses to see what, if anything, you would have done differently. Think about publishing the lessons you learn on your LinkedIn profile essential as a portfolio.

guided self-study

There are numerous high-quality guided self-study courses available for free. Again, however, if you have the budget it can be worth looking at the paid-for options. With guided self-study, you have a syllabus to follow and possibly some form of coursework or test(s). If you complete the course successfully, you will often get a certificate.  

Realistically, the value of these certificates is likely to be highly variable. That said, even basic certificates are a lot better than nothing, especially if you can show extra evidence of your capability. Again, try to create a portfolio that showcases what you’ve learned and, hence, what you could do for an employer.

classroom study

These days, the term “classroom study” can refer to online classrooms as well as real-world ones. Since you’ll be making an investment in yourself and your business, we advise researching the courses that best fit your business model. Classroom study may demand more commitment but it can also yield the best return. It’s important that you choose courses that make sense for you. For example, if your business needs help creating a strong teamwork culture, and you decide to take a training by 280 Group, your course should be focused on teamwork.