With my new “temporarily retired” status, I now have the time to do things that I’ve always wanted to do. I love to learn… I’ve always wanted to learn to speak another language. I’ve always been fascinated by Clinical Trials… I would love to learn to write more effectively. So now I’m doing it. Thanks to the internet, there is a lot of resources available online. I have found a few sites that have incredible courses, and most of them are free!
Knowledge is Power.
Udemy – some content is free and the paid courses have been on sale for $10-$20 a course. A few free, on-demand classes that I’m taking include – Retrain Your Brain: Stress Management; the Scientific Guide, and Secret Sauce of Great Writing. A few classes I’ve paid for include Real Estate Investment in addition to a few software coding classes (Yes, I want to build my own iPhone app!). Love this website – love that I can add classes to my wishlist, that they sort classes by wishlist, enrolled, and completed. Very easy to navigate – no reason not to get started now.
Coursera – you can take any class for free. You only have to pay if you want a certificate of completion… Great content from fantastic universities such as Yale, Stanford and the like. I am starting a Financial Markets class on Feb. 1st (taught by Robert Shiller, an Econ professor at Yale University) and will take the Clinical Trials course next. There are a lot of courses that I want to take but aren’t available yet… You can set up a watchlist for these classes so you can be alerted when they become available, but there is no way to “favorite” a class that you want to take in the future. 😦
You can also learn to speak a new language for free. Right now my favorite is Duolingo… This is what I’m using to learn Spanish with Shanaynay. Learning Turkish is next!
Whatever your passion is or whatever you are interested in, I am sure you can find something on these sites and learn.. Knowledge is power! And its fun too. 🙂