January 27, 2017: Friday news roundup

Did you miss the roundup last week? We missed you too! The Udemy team was at an offsite strategizing and generally getting pumped up to bring more awesome courses and learning experiences to more people in more languages around the world in 2017. We had a great time, but it’s good to be back. 

How to manage your anxiety when presenting
Not exactly breaking news that public speaking causes panic in many. We all can use strategies for managing our nerves before pressure-packed events like giving a presentation. Print out this infographic and keep it nearby the next time you feel a case of the butterflies.

Brenda Barnes’s wisdom, and our anti-parent workplace
The former PepsiCo executive, who passed away last week, had a well-publicized struggle with balancing work and family before quitting her high-powered position. She became a symbol of how “our society demands impossible choices from parents—and pretends otherwise.” In this article, Barnes’s adult daughter looks back on the sacrifices her mom made and shares how she’s fought her own work-life-balance battles.

Online learning improves when you feel like you belong
Clearly this is a topic we think about all the time: how to improve learning outcomes. This research examined the gap in course completion rates between people in developed and developing countries and found some simple interventions that can help students stick to their goals.

How to turn an interim role into a permanent job
A lot of great roles these days are filled by contractors who’d love to convert to full-time employees. This article offers advice for people assigned to interim jobs on a trial basis, but it could also help contractors make a case for why they should be hired.

Angela Duckworth: ‘A passion is developed more than it is discovered’
We’re big fans of Duckworth, the MacArthur Fellow and psychology professor known for her research and writing about grit (also the title of her latest book) and resilience. Always a font of wisdom, Duckworth her discusses why she says “there are no shortcuts to excellence” and how people can find their purpose at work. Make sure you get to the end, where she offers her top three pieces of career advice.