Learning is a lifelong process, especially in a world where change has become the order of the day. It isn’t enough simply to graduate from high school or from university then assume that you know everything you need to know for the rest of your life. There are new skills and applications that need to be learned on a continuous basis.
Unfortunately, as you get older life gets more complicated. It isn’t as easy or as convenient to take a course – or even an entirely new degree program – when you have a full-time job and a family to take care of. But sometimes you need to do exactly that. There’s a new job skill that you need to learn in order to advance in your career, or a non-career skill that you want to learn so you won’t have to be paying someone else to do certain jobs for you.
Fortunately there is a source where you can learn all of this – YouTube. Most of us think of YouTube primarily as a source of music and movie clips; it certainly is that, but it’s much more. Just about any skill you want to learn you can find multiple videos on YouTube that will help you learn them.
YouTube is free
How many times do you think about learning a new skill, only to find you have no room in your budget to pay to take a course? With YouTube, you don’t have to worry about that. YouTube is completely free!
You can study as many skills as you like, from as many different videos as you choose, and it will cost you nothing. This is especially important since most of us learn primarily by repetition. You can get that repetition because you can constantly refer back to the videos that you found to be most instructive.
You can learn at your own pace
Maybe this is just me, but I’m more of a self-study kind of person. I can sit in a classroom for hours and learn a little bit, but never enough to master the subject or skill. One of the advantages of YouTube is that you can spend as much time as you need on any given video, and even come back to later as needed. For a lot of people, this is just a better way to learn.
There’s no need to leave your house
Part of what keeps people from taking courses in certain skills is the fact that they have to leave their home and often travel a substantial distance in order to get there. Sometimes this is impractical. There may be nowhere to learn the necessary skills within a reasonable commuting distance, and bad weather can often prevent this from happening.
You can learn at home, and take as much time as you like. And since there is no need to travel to where you need to learn, there’s also no expense involved in either.
There are multiple sources for each skill you want to learn
If you don’t like a particular video – or don’t like the video host – no problem. You can simply move on to one of the dozens of videos that are available on each topic. You can keep running through them until you find one you like more and can relate to. And you can do this with any skill or subject that you need to learn.
All you have to do is go to the YouTube site, and enter “learn how to (fill in the blank)” in the search box, and you can look at dozens of videos under each topic.
You can learn any skill you choose
Learning about the resources available on YouTube can be downright empowering. You are usually learning from someone who is actually engaged in that particular activity, and can relate the important material in plain language. This is very different from what you might experience in the classroom, where the instructor may be either a career teacher, or retiree. The best source of information is always direct from the people who are doing it.
YouTube is like a giant virtual library, filled with instruction on virtually any skill you can imagine.
Want to know how to use Excel? Try this video:
Want to learn how to replace a leaky faucet? Try this video:
How about writing your own resume? This video might work:
Need to beef up your sales skills? Try this:
Do you want to learn how to use PowerPoint? This video might help:
Cost, lack of time, and a long commute are no longer valid excuses to not learn the skills that you need and want. All you have to do is go to your home computer, go to YouTube, and start searching for the skills that you want to learn.