With our feet now firmly planed in 2022, many of us may be looking for a new skill to learn this year as part of our own personal growth and development. It might be something that could help us in work, it might be another step necessary for achieving a personal goal, or it might be something that we just learn for fun.
Whatever it is that you decide to learn, 21st-century technology has made it infinitely easier to find the resources you need to boost your skills. There are courses for almost everything, including cooking, accounting, video editing, or even swimming. On top of that, you’ll almost certainly find a helpful and enthusiastic online community of fellow learners who are willing to share their knowledge and experience to help themselves and others.
But if you’d like to learn something new in 2022 and haven’t yet settled on exactly what new skill you want to develop, you may want to take some inspiration from some of these popular options.
Work is very different today than it was 30 or more years ago. Most adults in their 20s probably don’t even know what a printed memo is as almost all companies use email to communicate with their staff.
In fact, many jobs today can seem entirely focused on sending, receiving, and responding to these electronic messages. From the moment you fire up your computer to the moment you clock off, you’re likely to be at the beck and call of the little notifications that pop up on your screen. Even if you’re not office-based, you may have your emails pushed directly to your phone, meaning you’re always connected.
Except, it’s very easy to feel like we’re being productive just by responding to emails all day, even if that comes at the cost of not getting other stuff done.
A better way is possible and there are countless guides, courses, and other resources available online to help you become the master of your inbox. These typically cover both the psychological tricks and the digital tools that can be used to help email become the powerful tool it was always intended to be.
If you’re reading this, there’s a 33% chance that you’re a gamer. If you’re reading it in a country with an advanced economy, then that probability rises to 50%. Yet, unless you’re one of the elite esports players that are regularly winning professional tournaments, you could probably benefit from improving your gaming skills.
You may not be intending to take part in competitions, but becoming a better gamer can provide plenty of satisfaction. Especially as you see your progress over time with growing numbers of achievements and XP scores or when you get one over on your mates.
There are plenty of guides online to help you with specific games. For example, in Fortnite, using headphones can help you to better hear your opponents and stockpiling resources towards the end of a game allows you to build more defensive fortifications. Similarly, slots players may want to consider strategies like looking for higher RTP rates when choosing which game to try.
Coding is the process of writing a programming language that is used to tell a computer what to display on screen and how to process certain information. It is used in every website, app, and program we use on our smartphones, tablets, and computers. It’s also used to control everything from washing machines to cars, even if you don’t realise it.
Knowing how to write or at least understand the basic functions of code can will be an invaluable skill way into the future since much of the world already relies on it and this reliance is only going to increase.
Even if you don’t intend to find a programming job, knowing how it works is useful if you ever need to employ a programmer since you’ll have a better understanding of what is possible and what isn’t.
There are endless places where you can find courses and guides to help you learn coding, from complete beginner classes to highly advanced ones. These are available online and often in learning centres close to you, with some even run by big tech companies like Google.
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