December 28, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Can you believe it’s our last roundup of 2018??? If you’re a regular reader of the Udemy blog (and you must be, if you’re reading this), you know our marketplace continued to grow like gangbusters this year. We can’t wait to hang up our 2019 calendar and share more news, ideas, and research about the world of work, learning and teaching, career development, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Happy New Year to all!

7 Successful People Dish on Their Worst Job Interviews (and What They Learned)
If your 2019 plans include job-hunting, the time is now to start prepping for interviews. And, as hard as it is to accept and move past in the moment, bombing a job interview isn’t the end of the world. Read the stories of others who’ve messed up and lived to tell the tale.

Why People Wait 10 Days to Do Something That Takes 10 Minutes
Procrastinating less is a pretty popular New Year’s resolution, and it’s easy to understand why. Chronic procrastinators comprise an estimated 20 percent of the population, according to this article, and this “lifestyle of avoidance” can take a serious toll on your health and relationships.

Older Workers Are The Economy’s Most Underrated Natural Resource
It can be tough for older people to get hired, but with unemployment at a historic low in the U.S., it makes sense for employers to open their doors (and minds) to this demographic. As this writer puts it, “the aging population [is] the world’s largest, fastest-growing, and sustainable natural resource. Experience is a currency, and understanding how to catalyze it across sectors and generations is the new competitive advantage.”

American Endurance Athlete Becomes The First Person To Cross Antarctica Solo
We conclude 2019 on the blog with a bit of inspiration for anyone out there with big goals to conquer in the new year. Colin O’Brady crossed Antarctica by himself without any help in 54 days and did the final 80 miles in one 32-hour marathon. He announced his achievement on Instagram with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.