We are huge fans of continuing education as a way to grow your career. In the insurance industry we are always recommending CPCU. CIC and CLU are both also fantastic and we haven’t talked about them much, but we certainly will in the future. Today we want to focus on free college level classes from prestigious universities that you can take online for free.
In just the last few years the options available to take free classes online have ballooned and increased exponentially in quality with many world class universities jumping in the fray. There are many, many options out so we decided to create a little guide divided into 8 categories that we think are important for professionals in the XXI Century and we give you a few options in each of the categories.
1. Communication and Public Speaking:
There’s a very strong correlation between your ability to communicate in a professional manner and career growth. Sharpening your communication skills can only help!
2. Decision Making, Negotiation and Game Theory:
In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Becoming a better decision maker and learning to negotiate are related and important skills for the higher level executive. If you want to dig even deeper, learning at least the basics of Game Theory can also give you a leg up when negotiating (and is incredibly interesting). Here’s our selection of classes to improve those skills.
3. Leadership Skills:
We have talked in the past about how to gain leadership skills. Here are a couple of class options to help you gain the knowledge to make you a better leader.
All industries live and die on innovation, and our insurance industry needs a good dose of it to get us moving forward. Here are some classes on how to manage innovation.
5. People Management, Project Management and Analytics:
Getting good at managing people and projects have long been standard needs as you progress in your careers and analytics is becoming more and more important by the day.
6. Happiness and Motivation:
Happy people make better professionals so understanding the psychology of happiness will help you keep yourself and your people happier and more productive.
This article was co-written by Tony Canas, Chief Motivator at InsNerds.com and Carly Burnham, Chief Writer at InsNerds.com, while we both were taking our own medicine and enjoying some time off in Dubai and Costa Rica respectively. We apologize if any blaring details were missed or messed up, comment below and we’ll fix them as time allows!