5 ways to keep up your personal development online

Schools, universities and workplaces have started to transition to online options for meetings, workshops, courses, classes and lectures, but some of the activities and programs that we rely on to enhance our personal and professional development may take a bit longer to catch up. So what can ambitious people of all ages be doing to keep up with their personal development during these strange times? Here are a few suggestions to help keep you from going stir-crazy!

  1. Explore Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda). Many workplaces, university and school staff and students have access to the full suite of online courses. Search for an area you would like to develop and browse through the many options available.

  2. If watching videos is more your style and you don’t know about TED Talks by now then perhaps you've been self-isolating for too long. But if you are looking for something a bit different (and shorter) try PechaKucha 20x20 presentations where each presenter has only 20 slides for 20 seconds each to share their story. You can learn a lot in just 6:40 minutes!

  3. Book in for some personal coaching! Personal coaching is a great way to explore your goals, overcome barriers and reach your full potential. Be wary of self-appointed "life coaches" and go to a recognised coaching organisation like the International Coaching Federation or Association for Coaching to find a trained and accredited coach who can provide online coaching.

  4. You might have heard of, or even tried assessment tools like MBTI, DISC or Gallup Strengths, but all of these can be pricey and it can be hard to know what is best for your situation. If you are seeking to build self-awareness, try 123test.com as a free trial of a variety of different personality, behavioural and skills assessments. Sure, these versions might not be valid or reliable as the originals, but if you get some good insight from any of them you might want to look into getting an official test from an accredited provider.

  5. In person volunteering might be difficult right now, but did you know you can also volunteer online? Vollie is a website that connects skilled people to non-profits and charities for skill-based volunteering. Everything is done online and may range from website development to graphic design, research projects to drafting of policies and procedures. All of this can be done from home and you might get a great reference and experience from it in return.

If anyone has any other suggestions, please share!

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