The Best Time to Learn New Skills

The Best Time to Learn New Skills

We’ve all been working from home for at least a month now, since the government announced circuit breaker measures on April 7. And we’re still unsure if the measures will extend beyond the June 1 deadline. But what we can do now is to put our effort into what we can control – self-growth. Or rather, what else we are going to get out of this period, apart from just getting our work done.

To make the most of this period, why not pick up some valuable skills that you’ll be using even after this pandemic is over.

Here’s where you can start off on your investing journey. It provides a general overview on the types of products you can invest in, as well as multiple links to other reads you should go through as well in order to make an informed decision before investing.

Learning how to invest and deciding what to invest in is especially important in such a turbulent period where the economy is on the downturn and the end is nowhere in sight.

This article also helps beginners to investing by giving them the basics to get started – even how to let the computer do it for you.

After going through these two articles, the only thing left to do is for you to take action!

The next still to learn would be budgeting. While it is heartening to know that most of you out there already do some form of budgeting, it won’t hurt to fine-tune your budget allocations to optimize your savings and expenditure ratio so you get the most out of your hard-earned money.

The 80/20 rule states that 20% of the financial decisions we make in our lives will determine 80% of our net worth. That said, this is a good time to review your expenditure for the past couple of months, and what you’re planning to buy in the near future, and re-evaluate whether you’ll still be financially healthy after making that future purchase, taking into consideration the climate we’re in at the moment. If you really, really need to make that purchase, then go ahead if you can. If not, why not wait a couple more months and save up more first before spending.

And for those of you who are having your summer break now, or if you’re in between jobs, make full use of this time by going online and continuing to learn more skills to develop yourself.

Coursera is offering 100 online courses free for a limited time only, Skillshare has a free 2-month trial for their Premium content, and you can explore Google’s inventory of free learning content here too in their Digital Garage. Their Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course even includes certification with completion – something you can add to your CV!

And you can even take courses with Facebook, that outlines everything you need to know, and more, about doing business on Facebook and Instagram, and how to optimize your ad spending to get the best results for your products or Page.

Singaporeans, be sure to check out the Skillsfuture portal too for additional funding you can use to pay for courses you’d like to take.

And to end off, why not learn how to cook as well during this period?

As food delivery gets more expensive and options grow limited, it will be a good time to pick up the pan and cook up a storm in the kitchen! Some fun, light-hearted videos to get you started would be celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Ramsay in 10, where he tries to whip up a meal at home in ten minutes, under the watchful eyes of his daughters.

Or maybe even Jamie Oliver’s Homemade series where he walks you through how to make delicious meals.

There are even some chefs and restaurants hosting live Instagram cookalong sessions so you can follow along as they cook some signature dishes!

Let me know how it goes – which skill will you be picking up during this period?