Do you recognise it? Due to the corona pandemic, you have way more time for yourself. You may work from home more often so you don’t have to travel all the way to the office, which can easily save you up to 2 hours a day. You may go to external appointments less often because you can also meet business partners online. And maybe you’ve been asked to take up more holiday days? Whatever the reason may be, it’s nice if you can spend those hours usefully. For example by investing in yourself! Read the text below and find out what you can do to progress either professionally or personally.
Visualise with Creative Programs
Do you often make briefings for others? Or do you often have great ideas and are you looking for a way to convey the information to others? Sometimes it’s just impossible to explain an idea in words. After all, the saying “a picture says more than a thousand words” is there for a reason. Experience with programs such as inDesign and Photoshop can help you visualise your ideas. Taking a course in one of these programmes is therefore a great investment. In addition, these programs allow for much creativity!
Gain Knowledge of the Online Landscape
Physical stores are struggling more and more and there seems to be an increasing shift from offline to online. In fact, if you don’t have a website, you’re out. But the online landscape is complex and it’s wise to deepen your understanding of it. Especially if you have a website and you want it to be visible and accessible to visitors. After all, more visibility leads to more traffic and consequently more conversions. Would you like to grow your business online? Then it’s wise to become absorbed in topics such as SEO (organic search) and SEA (paid search), conversion optimisation and User Experience.
A New Language
Many Dutch companies operate not only domestically, but also abroad. They serve customers or have their own branch there. It’s therefore not uncommon that you occasionally have to send an e-mail or make a call in English. More and more employers even prefer people who also speak the English language. But languages such as French and German are also increasingly in demand. Taking a business course in English, French or German, does not only make your current job easier, but also increases your chances on the labor market.
In many industries, employees require a VCA VOL certificate. A VCA certificate stands for working in a safe and healthy way and is necessary when having a risky profession. A VCA certificate is often required in the furniture industry, landscaping, construction and shipbuilding, painting industry etc. Do you work or do you want to work in these types of industries and do you not yet have a VCA diploma yet? Then now is the time to take a VCA course!
Do you have time left that you would like to spend well? Hopefully the above ideas will help you further!