To be successful in today's ever-changing, globally-competitive business landscape, you need to be a relentless self-improver, the dictionary definition of "motivated self starter." And if you're looking to live up to the label, your lifelong learning needs goals need to be set, and lifelong learning needs to be met.
The great thing is, the information access revolution that has disrupted dozens of industries is now working its magic on the modern university system; a macrotrend that has led to a democratization of access to top-tier educational institutions that is unparalleled in the modern (or, to be frank, the ancient) world. Universities from coast to coast and sea to shining sea have begun posting their best/brightest coursework online, for free, available to anyone with a browser and internet connection; even top-shelf brands like Stanford and Michigan are freeing formerly "paywalled" content to aspiring students young, old, and in between (as well as here, far away and in between).
So if you're looking to make 2013 the year that you broadened and heightened your horizons, check the links below and let us know in the comments which new knowledge paths you're traveling in your journey to a better and smarter (and, more hireable/promote-able) "you".
More than 1000 free online educational resources links start here:
- Coursera course catalog
- Khan Academy course catalog
- Lifehacker's "Spring Semester"
- Marc and Angel Hack Life 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself For Free
- OpenCulture's 650 Free Online Courses
Have a great and productive 2013!