January 15, 2016: Friday news roundup

This week, Udemy was part of exciting news out of Singapore as well as an announcement with Microsoft to provide online learning access to youth in the Middle East and Africa. Just business as usual as we prepare for world domination (just kidding…?). Let’s see what else people have been talking about in the world of career development, learning, and the future of work.

We learn more when we learn together
This article was heavily circulated around the Udemy office. We’re always pondering ways we can enhance the learning experience on our platform and support students in reaching their goals. Some great ideas in here for hooking up with other people to keep your efforts on track, such as forming a learning group at work or enlisting a mentor to help motivate you.

When the 10-year work anniversary is a personal failure
If you were sticking around for a gold watch, you’re probably not gonna get it anyway. Millennials view switching employers as their best path to career advancement and have no qualms about jumping ship for a better offer, regardless of how long they’ve been in their current role. Attention, employers: are you giving feedback and having conversations regularly with your millennials workers to make sure they’re satisfied?

How to impress employers with online courses
If you’re currently unemployed, you need to get a job before you think about how long you’ll stay in it. Udemy’s featured here as one option for job-seekers to bolster their resumes with real, demonstrable skills. Moreover, taking online courses shows you’re self-motivated to learn and grow, something more employers are prioritizing along with (or even above) any formal degrees you may have earned.

There’s one universally successful strategy for motivation
Those geniuses at Nike were really onto something; turns out “Just Do It” isn’t only effective advice to get you off the couch and into the gym. Taking action — any action — can also help you break the inertia at work.  

If I knew then…
Udemy CEO Dennis Yang shares his wisdom in this regular Q&A with business leaders who’ve made a mistake but learned important lessons from it. Dennis’s misstep? Thinking he could juggle many other roles and responsibilities while also serving as CEO. It didn’t take long to realize he’d be better off bringing on other executives to focus on their areas of expertise so he could do the same.