COVID-19 has changed so much of our normal lives. But while some people have allowed their current circumstances to impact their motivation, others are using the pandemic as a time to learn and grow. Some are learning new skills or studying new topics as a way to better themselves and prepare for the future. Don’t be one of those people who falter and become stagnant, and treat this time as an opportunity. Now is the best time to learn a new skill or two. Take a look at these five that you can get started on this month.
Self-defense is a critical skill for staying safer in this increasingly dangerous world. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to learn the basic ways to defend themselves. In today’s world, self-defense should include weapons training. Being able to handle a firearm with confidence and accuracy might mean the difference between life and death.
There are several different types of guns to master, including handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Once you’ve properly become acquainted with your gun of choice, you’ll feel more equipped to (safely) defend yourself. Additionally, you’ll also be able to participate in other pastimes like hunting or sport shooting if that’s something that interests you. You’ll want to make sure that you select a firearm that is right for you, and that you buy the optimal equipment to keep it well-maintained. Consider purchasing a rifle scope case or safety vest along with your firearm.
And remember: If you live with children, be sure to lock away your firearms so that there is absolutely no way they end up in the wrong hands.
Another valuable skill to learn would be CPR. This potentially lifesaving technique can truly make a difference in your life — as well as for others. Courses often last between 1-2 hours and some can be completed online.
In addition to being a valuable skill, CPR certifications look impressive on resumes and can sometimes be required for certain jobs.
As technology continues to advance, so too will the need for good coders. Every bit of software we use in a day requires a coder on the backend writing the script. The need for programmers will only continue to rise as we see more and more businesses go online.
Coding can be done from home, and you can start courses with little to no pre-existing knowledge. Even if you don’t turn coding into a profession, you will have a strong skill to fall back on in case you need to make a career pivot.
Though there has been a rise in online work, there are still plenty of trade positions that need to be filled. The automotive industry is still thriving, which means cars still need mechanics to work on them.
There are numerous automotive and diesel certifications that you can receive online. This is an example of another skill you don’t have to turn into a job. However, knowing the basics can save you thousands of dollars in the long run if you’re able to work on your car yourself. If you let your friends know, you might become the go-to for repairs.
Print isn’t dead. Especially not in digital form. Just as coders are needed, so too are copywriters. If you’ve ever had a passion for writing, now is the perfect opportunity to flex your pen and keyboard skills. With the growth in online marketing, the value of a good copywriter will continue to grow. Whether you use it as a side hustle or decide to make a full-time go of it, copywriting has a wealth of opportunity for you.
If you’ve been wanting to expand your skillset, now is the time. See what one of these skills might do for you.