Free Professional Development Resources that Can Help Make a Difference



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Skill improvement is a big deal these days. Job skill improvement sends a strong message to your boss that you are improving yourself.  Skill improvement also keeps your sights set on the future as a leader in your current role or a future role and company that you aspire to join.


The only downside is that skill development using traditional classes and resources can be expensive. Below are some resources that are free to use or minimally expensive.  Let us know what worked for your personal success!


Kahn Academy The Kahn Academy is both for you and for your kids to learn math, science, humanities, and other skills.  Kahn Academy uses video and other methods to help you understand, learn, and master new skills.  Courses on Statistics as well as the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) are an excellent choice for business.  There are also some basic computer coding classes.  Kahn Academy really creates a structured, systematic, and individual learning experience for critical skills.


LinkedIn Learning If you are a LinkedIn Premium member you can access a wide array of classes.  LinkedIn will grant a trial premium membership to military veterans and active military for 12 months.  The insightful choice of LinkedIn Learning is that it highlights both soft skills, technical skills, and the integration of the two.  For example:


LinkedIn Learning is an excellent choice for someone with a Premium account and for those seeking to improve soft and hard skills simultaneously.


Local Library Local Libraries have a wide array of speakers, books, videos, and learning that are all for free.  The best way to access a local library is to sign up for a local library card which gives you the benefits of both physical and digital access.  Every city has a lot of varied opportunities.  In one week in February, the City of Chicago offered workshops on computer coding, Spanish lessons, and how to use Mobile technology. Local libraries also possess access to online e-books, audio books, and videos on business and career development skills.


US Military e-Library Resources – OverDrive & RBDigital The US Army and other services offer a wide range of electronic resources to their servicemembers and to retirees.  The OverDrive and RBDigital Applications (both mobile and web based) offer magazines, e-books, and audio books on a wide range of business, technology, career, language, and other topics.  This is an incredible mobile resource that gives you great content that you can take anywhere.


US Military e-Library Resources - Learning a Foreign Language The US Army and other services offer Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone as ways to start, improve, or perfect your foreign language skills.  In business, government, and the military, a working knowledge of a foreign language and their cultural traditions leaves a strong impression in leadership at all levels. 


Find Out More Information on Your Military Service Digital Libraries Today.


Coursera – Access to Online University Courses Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.  Some classes are free while others have a small fee.  A terrific way to be exposed to the top minds in the world with the latest trends & concepts.


Be open to finding innovative ways to add new skills to your career and build your future success!


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About The Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 250 articles in over 150 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics.  Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better.  Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at Creighton University.  Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University.  Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and