It’s not always easy to find creativity, motivation or purpose in the work you do every day. That’s why dedicating the time to learn new skills is of critical importance.
Continuing education will not only help you discover your passion, it will enhance your knowledge. This will make you a more valuable employee to your company. It might even lead to some looks from potential employers.
Whether you have 15 minutes or 15 hours, the following five resources offer something for everyone.
1. Acquire New Skills With Free Tutorials
3dtotal.com is a fantastic resource if you’re interested in picking up a few new tricks. The site offers hundreds of tutorials, which you can sort by software type, skill level and technique.
2. Look for Vendor Training
No one wants you to succeed more than the companies who create the software you use every day. Look to their websites for training and certifications. SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk and PTC all offer educational resources.
3. Webinars Offer Great Insight
If you don’t have time to read a book or take a course, then a webinar is a quick way to learn new ideas. Most only last about an hour and there is usually an opportunity to ask questions at the end. 3ds CATIA offers several on their resources page and Siemens PLM, makers of NX, has a robust archive of webinars that is easily searchable by product.
4. Learn The Business of Design
Believe it or not, being a great designer is about more than just design. Mike Monteiro’s (@monteiro) book Design Is A Job offers valuable insight about how to navigate the business side of being a successful designer.
Written in humorous fashion, Monteiro details hard-learned lessons about how to earn clients, create contracts, price your work, collaborate and get paid. This book is easy to follow and a must-read for all designers.
5. Advance Your Talent With Expert Training
Lynda.com, recently acquired by LinkedIn, is an education company that offers video courses to online subscribers who pay a monthly fee of $24.99, Course subjects range from business to CAD to 3D Animation. You can easily sort by skill level, subject and instructor. Examples of available training include:
6. YouTube Can Show You How
YouTube holds a plethora of useful tutorials, and they are not just limited to video games. Find some relevant channels and subscribe to email updates for a regular stream of great training and educational content. Following are some channels to consider:
Learning Is A Lifelong Process
As the industry evolves so should your skills. Reading books, taking courses and applying lessons learned to the work you do every day will increase your value and prevent burnout. Get started now!
The Creativity Handbook for 3D Professionals is another valuable resource to kickstart your creativity. It’s packed with habits, tools and hacks that will make you more creative, more often.
This handbook has 25+ pages of information that will help you boost your design creativity and improve your career. Get started today.