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SMALL BUDGET: HOW TO KEEP LEARNING AND GROWING

Small Budget: As the modern world’s environment is changing, we need to constantly evolve with it. But when you have a limited budget, learning initiatives can be a challenge.

You might be thinking that you don’t have the time or budget to enroll in college courses or to purchase high-quality learning solutions. But with the right amount of planning, there is a way to keep on constantly learning and growing.

Let’s look at an example: Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard in the 1970’s and founded Microsoft, but he’s never stopped learning. What he said “I’m a weird dropout because I take college courses all the time.”

And he continually broadens his knowledge through reading. He spends an hour a day reading and finishes around 50 books a year.

We’ve compiled a few steps that will make finding the right learning resource/program a little bit easier.

Step One: Determine your growth potential and evaluate shortcomings

What business need are you trying to meet? What skill gaps are you trying to fill? Ask yourself these questions before you start looking at courses. Your need to be honest with yourself when determining which skills you need to improve on.

Step Two: Gaining knowledge without breaking the bank

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  • Reading books
  • Webinars
  • Articles
  • Online courses
  • Podcasts
  • Documentaries

The abovementioned resources are accessible and affordable. Cost and time should not hold you back. You can listen to podcasts in the car on your way to work or read for 30 minutes a day before bed. Your only limitation is yourself. Another great way to constantly broaden your knowledge is to surround yourself with smarter people.

Step Three: Involve Key Players

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As you analyze the proposed new skills and benefits, make sure you understand how the solution will impact others. And how your employer or employees will benefit from these new skill sets you acquired.

A good initiative is to include mentors, colleagues, and/or senior management in your thought process. By exchanging ideas, you could discover current business needs, and possibly solve current challenges and drive better results through your training. Seek to understand management’s objectives and align these with your learning and growing methods.

If you have not seen the previous video about Microlearning please go check it out, and also the article on ProjectPro’s website. I think you will definitely get a few answers you are looking for.

Rome was not built in one day. Do not fear small beginnings, fear not beginning at all!

Source:
https://blog.capterra.com/how-to-overcome-a-small-budget-for-training/

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