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How to add new job skills without going back to school

Sharon Florentine | March 10, 2014
E-learning is a cost-effective, accessible way to boost your job skills without the hassles of 'traditional' degree programs.

"When we survey corporations, we see that employees are clamoring for more training and education resources," Kimmons says. "If those are offered, but employees aren't using that benefit, one reason might be that it's not accessible or it's too far removed from their daily work life. With e-learning, it's quick, easy, and accessible, and we're trying to get our clients to evangelize that as a way to bring needed skills into their business."

As a retention tool, training and education benefits both employers and their workforce. For employers, building on their existing talent pool with new technical and soft skills can help their business and — to an extent — eliminate the need to hire additional resources. And from an employee perspective, gaining new skills they can apply in their current job, or gaining new skills like project management, negotiation, leadership and others can be a path to a promotion or to landing a new position after a period of unemployment.

"In fact, we had a client who told us, 'Thank you for making this HTML5 training available. Because of that, I was able to salvage my career once Flash became obsolete.'"


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