As the conversation around online education increasingly turns toward credentialing, Microsoft Virtual Academy is partnering with startup Degreed to recognize those who complete their online training programs.
Bright.com, a San Francisco-based, data-driven job search site, has raised $14 million in a Series B round.
Pluralsight, an online developer training platform, has acquired TrainSignal, a more than 10-year-old company that offers web-based classes for IT professionals.
Publishing giant Wiley has launched Digital Classroom, an online marketplace of software training videos and digital books.
For innovative teams — those in startups as well as those innovating within established organizations — traditional professional development, or PD, has become an anachronism. Rather than being an after-hours, formal, institutionalized proposition, successful professional development in innovative teams is holistic and always-on.
In college, and grad school, I mostly hung with a crowd that shared the same interests, hobbies and field of study. I know that a lot of college faculties are beginning to move towards a more interdisciplinary approach, because it more accurately reflects what students can expect their post-school life to be like. College professors tend to be somewhat protective of their disciplines, however, so progress is moving faster in some areas and at some schools than others. The result is that a lot of people in the workforce have a pretty narrow view of what the word “colleague” means. It’s important to broaden that definition and cultivate relationships with people in other fields. Here’s why.
Targeting your professional development in a preemptive rather than reactive way, is not always easy. Usually freelancers and consultants just roll with the punches and learn what they have to depending on client requirements. A little forethought, though, can go a long way to making you the applicant of choice before any contracts are awarded.
A lot of us who make our money working from home or telecommuting have our fingers in a number of different pots, so to speak. In fact, very few of the remotely employed depend on a single stream of income or project. The trouble is finding enough components to make up a financially and personally rewarding whole. Here are a couple of options.