4 ways to improve yourself for free

Change, as they say, is the only constant. Keeping up with this ever-changing world requires a little future-proofing on our end – be it adapting to new technologies, learning new skills, expanding our professional circle or upgrading personal skills. Here’s how to do it, no fee required!

1. Enrol in online courses

Whether you are still paying off school loans or you have graduated a long time ago, there are creative and free ways to continually learn and grow. Massive online course providers like Udemy and Coursera offer hundreds of online courses that you could sign up for. At just a fraction of the usual cost, you can work towards gaining more knowledge on subjects you are particularly keen on.

From courses in programming and writing to Photoshop and fine art, there are subjects to suit both professionals and hobbyists. Many courses are free and others cost an affordable $50 on average; use your SkillsFuture credits and they are as good as free! Please check here for the courses you can use your SkillsFuture credits.

2. Pick up a new language

As more Singaporeans venture overseas, the ability to speak other languages is more in demand than ever. When working locally for an MNC or liaising with foreign business contacts frequently, being proficient in different languages enables you to work more effectively and is advantageous to you during promotion opportunities.

Apps like Duolingo offer a fun, immersive and highly addictive way to learn languages such as Spanish, German, French, Italian and more. Learn via simple graded tests that progressively impart vocabulary and language structures via a game-like format. It makes your commute more meaningful and creates exciting possibilities ahead!

3. Get out there and socialise

Grow your circle – be it social, professional or interest-based. If your social circle hasn’t expanded since your schooling days, it’s time to give your social and professional network a boost! The popular saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. The more industry contacts you know, the easier it will be to scout potential mentors, future job opportunities or better working environment. Websites like Meetup.com connects like-minded individuals for hobbies, networking and gatherings. It’s also a place where you can grow professionally by linking up with peers in your industry.

4. Brush up on money matters

Financial advisors can help you pave the way to financial independence, but it’s also good to learn the basics of money management. Learning how to manage your hard-earned money will stand you in good stead for financial stability into your golden years.

Apart from sites like areyouready.sg or moneysmart.sg, CPF roadshows and talks are also good avenues to learn more about how to make your savings work harder for you. Held at convenient locations, these events help you build your knowledge of CPF policies and how to optimise your money to meet your various housing, healthcare and retirement needs. To register for our upcoming talks, click here.