"How CarGurus Enables Me to Learn Something New Everyday"
Below is an article originally written by Anacany Gardner, M.S., at PowerToFly Partner CarGurus, and published on July 11, 2019. Go to CarGurus' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
At one point or another, we all have that moment when we realize that we're not exactly where we want to be in life. We may feel stagnant in our careers or maybe just feel like we're at a standstill. For me, that moment materialized the day I turned 30 in the summer of 2013. That Fall, I applied to and got accepted into Northeastern University as an adult learner (go Huskies!). I obtained my Bachelor's degree in 2015 and keeping that momentum, my Master's degree in 2017.
If you're anything like me, you love learning and you're constantly thinking up ways of becoming a better version of yourself. You're aware that personal development builds self-confidence, which in turn leads to success.
Ever since I graduated, I've made it a point to learn something new every day. Whether it's getting my hands on an e-book on compensation or self-studying at home for the Professional in Human Resources certification exam, my brain is always active and I'm always up for learning new skills.
I've had my eye on LinkedIn Learning for quite some time, but I couldn't quite justify the price tag that came along with it. You can imagine my surprise when I found out that I would be part of the pilot group for a LinkedIn Learning subscription through the awesome company I work for, CarGurus.
For those of you who aren't familiar with LinkedIn Learning, the platform offers bite-sized, high-quality and easy-to-digest courses led by industry experts, some of which you can watch in under 30 minutes. What's not to love about that?
Once I heard the news, I quickly bookmarked several courses, queuing up my course list within minutes of signing up like someone trying to binge watch a show on Netflix before their free trial ends. In the first week alone, I watched over 10 hours of video!
The first thing worth noting about LinkedIn Learning is the wide selection of courses available. Want to learn WordPress so that you can start a blog? Want to learn all about podcasts so that you can start one about…cats? How 'bout taking a deeper dive into Google Analytics, conflict resolution, or time management? The learning opportunities are endless, and I was SO there for it!
The second thing worth noting is the ease of use. You can watch a course from your mobile device, download it for offline access, and easily pick up where you left off if you can't complete it in one sitting. That's perfect for a commuter like me, who takes the train to and from Cambridge every day.
And lastly, once you complete a course, you can add it to your LinkedIn profile and show the world your commitment to learning!
My advice to you? Step out of stagnancy and take advantage of tools like this to personally develop yourself. The way I look at it, any time you invest in your own personal development is time well spent.
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If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.