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10 Ways You Can Learn New Skills

The Great Resignation is on us. Monthly hundreds of thousands of people are quitting their jobs for
other jobs that make them happy. If you are planning to change jobs in 2022 you will need to add on the
skills that employers are seeking. With ever-evolving technology and constantly changing job roles the
current workforce requires constant learning and development so that we can continue to move toward
our defined career success. Amassing new skills proves beneficial in helping you reach your career goals
and keeps your brain active in a growth mindset. However, sometimes we don’t know where to start or
how to effectively gain these new skills. It helps to have some tips and resources from industry experts.
Here are a few ways you can learn and digest information to benefit you not only in your career but in
your personal life as well.
Set your learning goals
Set a goal outlining the new skills you want to learn. For example, if your goal is to develop your
communication skills, you are more likely to achieve this goal if you have it outlined using the SMART
goal setting technique. When you have a specific understanding of what your goal is, your focus
improves and you are given a clear purpose. Keeping in mind what the finish line looks like, for you, will
make sure you take steps to get there. Having goals has also been proven to boost self-confidence. That
makes this tip a 2 for 1!
Break down your skillset
If your goal is to learn how to expertly use Canva, then you need to know the smaller skills needed to do
so. You would need to know how to change and resize fonts, how to use and edit templates, how to
upload and position pictures, and more. These are called sub-skills and they are the fundamental
building blocks for the main skill you want to acquire. Once you have outlined the main skill you want to
learn, look up and make a list of the subskills needed to nail that overall skill improvement goal. This tip
is proven to help you learn the skills you seek faster, than if you don’t outline small subskills.
Identify potential barriers
In any journey, you may come upon barriers, hurdles or roadblocks. When trying to learn a new skill,
first find out what might stand in the way of you developing that skill. Is it money? Time? Lack of
personal transportation? Discover ways that you can overcome these barriers like talking to a Computer
Coach representative about one of the many scholarships available to our students. It’s possible, if you
qualify, you could come to school and learn the skills you seek for free.

Take it one step at a time
When learning a new skill, it is important not to rush ahead to try to “just” finish the course, even if you
have a deadline. Rushing through lessons and steps may add more stress and anxiety and negatively
affect your ability to absorb information. When looking for jobs you will be expected to demonstrate
that you have the skills you say. If you have completed a course, but didn’t retain the information that is
not going to look good or leave a professional impression on your workplace.
Have a reward system
Rewards serve as motivation for a lot of things. If you refuse to put on a coat when you go out into the
snow, then you will be cold. If you remember to water your plants regularly, they will grow healthily.
What would you reward yourself with if you manage to acquire this skill? One of the tips we have found
works best is when writing down your goals, write down your reward too. Think of that road trip or a
nice watch, set a deadline that you absolutely must meet, have a friend hold you accountable, find a
way to motivate yourself that will light a fire under you.
Join a group
There are many benefits to joining a learning group. This could be casually or signing up to learn in a
classroom or live online setting, like at Computer Coach. It can be a good source of motivation to have
other people around who are interested in taking the same step as you are in learning a specific skill.
Seeing another person’s progress may become your drive to do the same. Some individuals learn better
in group environments when they have a community to discuss with, hold them accountable, and learn
Set a time to focus
Learning in a group or joining a class makes it easier for some people to focus due to having a scheduled
time to learn. However, if you are learning a new skill on your own, then you may be faced with more
distractions than you realize. Your pet, child or children, social media, or your mind wondering about
food and what you may want to get done after your study session are some examples of distractions.
Some tips that can help are web browser extensions that prevent you from going to distracting sites,
setting a timer nearby so you know how long you are going to be studying for, and putting your phone
on ‘Do Not Disturb’ or ‘Silent’ so that notifications won’t be interrupting your work time. You can even
leave your phone in another room.
It is said that the mind has difficulty discerning what is real from what is imagined. Even athletes use
visualization to exercise seeing their success before attempting to execute it. Visualizing achieving your

goal can prove to be a good way to empower you to take the first step. It also increases focus and keeps
you inspired imagining the emotion that will accompany the outcome that you desire.
Find a mentor
Sometimes taking steps to learn something on your own can be difficult. All the research and
accountability will be up to you. Finding a mentor means finding someone who you believe has the skill
you are looking to develop be it a celebrity, a business mogul, a family member or a friend. Find videos
or articles on how this person developed the skill you admire them for. If this person is closer to you,
then having someone to call for advice or email when you have questions on how to approach your next
sub-skill can be beneficial to your overall progress.
Learn by doing
Reading, watching and gathering information is great, but don’t forget to put all that research into
action. It is not enough to rely on the knowledge of the skill. If your goal is to learn to become a better
communicator, then practice your sub-skills by being more present in conversations, thinking before you
speak, and asking questions and paraphrasing. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Don’t let all that hard
work go to waste.
Learning keeps the mind and body engaged and makes you more adaptable in different job roles and
important situations. The journey of learning a new skill doesn’t have to be a hard, winding road. Finding
and applying your unique learning style can also be a way to make certain that you are not only reading
or hearing the information you study but that you are remembering and actively listening. Once you
have it down, put it into practice so that you don’t forget it. If you would like to discuss your skills or
your learning goals we offer free career strategy sessions. Reach out to us. We would love to discuss
your career goals.