If you are a working professional, you will notice the technology and techniques you use at work are changing constantly. You are forced to read and update your skills everyday. I heard that from Doctors, Nurses, Engineers and many other professions. Now, add IT to the mix and you have a whole new ball game. With big corporations gobbling other corporations, technologies appear and eclipse constantly. New versions come out that are totally different from older ones and thus forcing you to read and retrain.
I used to buy books to do this and I still have shelves full of books on various computer technologies – what if I need to do any of those again??! Nowadays, I use online sites like Udemy.com, Coursera.org, edx.org, Udacity.org, KhanAcademy.org etc for learning and updating my skills. Coursera and edx offer formal courses from various prestigious universities around the world. You can audit the courses for free, but you can opt for certificate for a nominal fee. Udemy is a paid site, but I get coupons for various courses constantly.
Here are some sites that you may find useful in keeping up with the field and updating your skills. I’ve listed sites that are more relevant for IT, but feel free to post comments about sites for other fields.
And of course, our trusty Youtube has a lot of educational videos made by enthusiasts and experts on almost every topic under the sun.
With that, there is no excuse for not updating your skills. Please go out and learn and stay relevant. Like this old saying in Tamil goes, “What you have learned is a mere handful; What you haven’t learned is the size of the world”.