How to learn skills for a new field without going back to college

As college fees and student debts continue to increase across the world, some of us who are planning to switch to a new job or field are desperately looking for ways to learn the skills we need without having to go back to college. Sometimes it’s not the fees, but the time required to get a degree or certification that’s the problem. Many people simply don’t have the time to spare to go to school full time.

At, we believe that everyone deserves the right to learn and develop, and have partnered with various training providers to help lead you to the skills you want and need to learn. Before that, however, let’s see some other ways you can look into to learn new skills without going back to college.

  1. Find a local expert. Lolly Daskal, a Leadership Development and CEO coach, suggests looking for a local leader in the field or work you are interested in. While this may be an unconventional way of approaching things, some leaders and experts are more than willing to offer their guidance and mentorship to those who are curious and open to learning! If you can’t find a dedicated mentor, you can seek advice from someone whose work you admire and who could be someone within your current workplace. Alternatively, you can attend seminars and workshops offered by experts from the industry you are planning to enter.
  2. Network, network, network. In the same article, Daskal writes about the importance of networking as part of our learning. Seeking out professional organizations in fields we are interested in and starting engagements with them, whether offline or online, can be helpful in the long run, and usually involves no cost. One way to grow your network is attending conferences, seminars, and learning events, where you can meet people who share your interest and experts in the field.
  3. Volunteer yourself. Volunteering to do work pro bono or for an unpaid internship can prove to be a great opportunity for skills training, while simultaneously expanding your resume for when you want to actively apply later on. Yes, it isn’t a paid venture, but it should get you started on the right track, and wouldn’t cost you as much as inflated college fees.
  4. Take online courses. Online courses are great if budget is your concern, because in this day and age, you can most likely find both free and paid courses for a variety of skills you may be interested in learning or mastering.

In this era of growing college fees and payables, sometimes the online or free alternative can sound more appealing. It’s important, however, that we invest our time and what money we have in the right, trustworthy learning platforms and providers. At you can search for classroom training, online courses, or even distance learning alternatives for whatever you want to learn. From HR, accounting, to technical training, take a look at the training courses we have available today.


– Darleen Dumaguin