Chris J Powell

Free App Friday – Dipping my Toe Into Back to School

I have had some really positive feedback into my quest to head back to school.  I still have not decided how or where I will do this but I do know that even at 42, the investment in upgrading my skills by either re-certifying and achieving at least one more professional designation is important to my future.  This whole reinventing Krispy is going to be tough and any way I look at it, it is going to mean a relatively major investment in both time and resources for me to succeed but just jumping back into education after 20 years of being out of school…well things have changed.

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24 years ago I chose to go to College and earn a Diploma in Law and Security Administration not because that was all I could do…I had been accepted to 3 Universities and 4 other Colleges.  I chose to go to College purely for economic reasons and I excelled at it.  I had waited and was 21 when I entered into the ranks of Post Secondary Education when most of my colleagues were only 18 and well lets call a spade a spade here…far from prepared to attend.

Two Decades is a long time to be away from the books but the reality is, I have never really stopped learning.  I truly believe that one’s mind needs to be worked like any other muscle and while I have gotten far “rounder” in the 24 years since I was in the Canadian Armed Forces…my mind and my ability to learn new skills has always remained very sharp.  I have succeeded in jobs that I would have never thought I could and while I am now taking a “Sabatical” of sorts from a “Real Job” I am not once thinking that where I am today will not help build me into a better and stronger person tomorrow.

To dip my toe back into the educational waters…I was happy to find out that I do not instantly have to make the massive investment of time, money and energy to go back to a brick and mortar school.  In fact if I want to I can attend any school I want, both here in Canada or really any where in the world.  I have not fully decided what I want to do with my future and the last 23-30 years of my working life but I do know this…I need to make a decision soon.

What I did find in looking for ways to provide me the insight into my current and future abilities as a “student” was a website and now a mobile app for a service that truly believes that Education is a Right and should not force us all to mortgage our futures, just for a piece of paper.

Coursera.com is an amazing resource of University Level Courses that is offered FREE to all.  I decided that I would cut my teeth on the University of Washington’s Introduction to Data Science Course.

I was and am intrigued by the Syllabus and the topics that it will cover:

  • Data Manipulation at Scale
  • Analytics 
  • Communicating Results 
  • Special Topics

I am firmly taking the advise of a very smart man Brian Garside in finding a way to demonstrate my abilities in real ways…by building a portfolio of knowledge rather than relying on the 19th Century Value of Elitism.  Anyone could get an education…but only those who truly learn…never stop and that is what I am about to dive into.

The new Krispy is working hard at getting healthy both mind and body and the next 12 months…are going to be really, really interesting.

I will keep you posted…but stay tuned for some interesting new things coming from me in the next little while as I build a new Brand that is Krispy!

Cheers,

Krispy

1 thought on “Free App Friday – Dipping my Toe Into Back to School

  1. Here’s a couple of other resources that I lean on quite heavily.

    Udemy – https://www.udemy.com/
    They often have good basic business courses for free, and I’ve bought a few individual courses for $20.00 or so.

    Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/
    If you want to get into some programming fundamentals, this is a good place for you to go.

    Learnable https://learnable.com/
    It costs money, but there are some great courses on PHP etc.

    Lynda.com – http://www.lynda.com/
    I cannot say enough about Lynda.com, it is one of the best learning resources on the planet. It’s a little pricey, but I would highly recommend it if you’re serious about learning varied skills. You also get certificates when you complete courses.

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