They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what if you just perpetually taught the dog new tricks? Education doesn’t end when you’ve graduated – whether that’s from high school, a vocational/tech school, or any type of college. Heck, it doesn’t end with school itself. You’re always learning even when you don’t realize it.
But this post isn’t about the parts when you don’t realize you’re learning, it’s about the times where you want to learn more. Good ol’ Continued Education.
Some schools offer this within their own programs – like workshops, outside or online classes, conferences, and more. These same things and a ton extra can be found online, too. Many of which can be completed at your own pace.
I’ve got a fever… and the only prescription isn’t more cowbell, it’s more knowledge. I’m always looking to learn new things from my peers, younger designers, and the wisdom of the elders.
Where to find it out in the world?
Most of the time you can find it in blogs, podcasts, and even on social media. But, for more direct ways of learning, there are a ton of great websites out there that offer courses, tutorials, and more.
Some of these are free, a few have a few courses free, and others are paid – ranging from lower to fairly high. But always good to see a range and see what works best for you.
And, don’t forget, if there’s a course that you may not be able to afford, but you’re currently in school – ask your faculty advisor if there’s financial assistance [if the website doesn’t already have a student price], or if you’re currently employed at an agency/design-studio/etc., reach out to your employer and show them the benefits of taking the course and how it will help not only you but also their company, too!
I’ve personally used YouTube for tutorials, courses, live events, and more. As well as have been certified in both of Front Office Sports current courses. I also have a few courses on deck from The Futur, and Domestika, plus a book or two from Hype4 Academy. Many of these (like on many of my blog posts 😅) are on my ever-growing to-do list. If there are any others you recommend, please give a shout-out for a volume two! Now let’s get to learnin’!