How to Learn a New Skill

At any age, your brain still has an amazing ability to learn and master many new skills.

Plus the effort to master a new skill can have the added benefit of helping to maintain and enhance your overall cognitive health.

Most skills take time to learn, but you can simplify the process by setting goals and breaking the skill up into smaller achievable steps.

Let’s talk about how to learn a new skill.

How to Learn a New Skill

How Do You Get Hard Skills?

Hard skills can be learned through courses, training, and learning on the job.

These skills are often focused on doing specific tasks such as the use of tools, equipment, or software.

What are Self-Taught Skills?

Being self-taught in a particular skill, means that you’ve taken the initiative to learn it on your own. By studying resources and practicing independently, you’ve advanced your knowledge and ability to a competent level.

Many people choose to teach themselves a new skill rather than seeking out a formal education.

How to Learn New Skills Quickly

  • Set a learning goal.
  • Break down your skill set.
  • Identify any potential barriers.
  • Stay focused on one skill at a time.
  • Find opportunity to practice.

Skills You Can Learn in a Month or Less for Free or Cheap

  • Basic coding.
  • Website building basics.  
  • Basics of a new language.
  • Photo or video editing.
  • Social media.
  • Writing.

Some of the Top Skills Employers Look For

  • Problem solving skills.
  • Communications skills.
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Professionalism.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Interpersonal skills.

What Skill Will Be in High Demand in the Future?

Essentials for the future workforce will include: Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, active learning and adaptive skills, along with interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.

Which Jobs Will Be in Demand Over The Next 10 Years?

  • Information security analysts.
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers.
  • Wind turbine service technicians.
  • Home health and personal care aides.
  • Occupational therapy assistants.
  • Physician assistants.

Are Skills Important on a Resume?

You want your resume to show you have the stuff to justify an interview. The skills on your resume can differentiate you from your competition, so you need to highlight and show off your range of job skills.  

If you are just starting out in a career and lack work experience, it is encouraged to highlight your skills learned at school or in a different industry.

What are the Best High-Income Skills to Learn for 2022?

  • Data analysis.
  • Software development.
  • Project management.
  • Account management.
  • Content creation.

What Can I Learn at Home for Free?

Learning a new language, coding, design, art, and cooking are all things you normally might expect to pay for, but are all available for free online.

What is the Easiest Skill to Learn?

Some of the easier to learn skills to impress your friends:

  • Juggle.
  • Speed read.
  • Learn one song or melody on the piano.
  • Say the alphabet backwards.

Ways to Make Money with No Skills

  • Take paid surveys.
  • Become a virtual assistant.
  • Register as a tasker on Taskrabbit.
  • Start a YouTube channel.
  • Become a freelance writer.
  • Sell items on eBay, Kijiji, or Craigslist. (sorry my eBay store ships to Canada only right now.)
  • Start an online business.

What are Some Essential Life Skills for Adults?

  • Interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Coping with stress skills.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication skills.
  • Decision-making.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Self awareness building skills.

Final Thoughts

A large part of finding both personal and professional success in our modern world involves learning new skills, and staying adaptive. Start by identifying what you want to learn.

Break that skill down into smaller parts so you can see where you need to begin.

Then practice, find a learning schedule that works, and you’ll be soon adding that new skill to your resume or personal skills list.

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9 thoughts on “How to Learn a New Skill

  1. Thanks for sharing that!, I will look into that
    further myself…Technology has sure brought some interesting opportunities…There’s a recent documentary called The Gig is Up if you or anyone is interested. It shows a bit of the darker side of the new gig economy, but is still an interesting watch.

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