Saturday, June 25, 2016

Of Postgraduate Diploma, Foreign Languages, SharePoint and ProTech

I recently completed a 1-year Postgraduate Diploma in Management program. It has been an intensive 12 months of studying and a lot of business reading. With six A's and two B's in my bag, I'm glad it's over. I can now get back to more interesting stuff (not that studying for an almost-MBA isn't interesting...).

Four years ago (2012 through 2014) before embarking on that academic journey, I was engrossed in my self-study of the  Italian language. From zero knowledge, I'm now able to speak, read and write in la bella lingua. With the serious business out of the way, I'm restarting my daily practice of the language. I've even renewed my annual subscription of Babbel for all languages. The rationale behind the "full package" sub is I can switch between languages such as French, Spanish, German, and many more.

My 2016 focus areas for more learning are Chinese Mandarin and SharePoint, which will definitely spill over to the whole of 2017. For Chinese Mandarin I'm leveraging the membership at the Singapore National Library for the Chinese self-study and bought some books from Amazon. For SharePoint, I've been watching tutorials on VisualSP, also an annual subscription.

I also read an article today on FastCompany.com, The Skills It Takes To Get Hired At Google, Facebook, Amazon, And More, and discovered some really interesting skills to watch out for. Coding, machine learning, artificial intelligence, programming (Java, Python, C++), cloud computing, distributed systems, algorithms are some of the skills mentioned. I am going to explore them on Coursera. Who knows? The free courses there may spark a whole new dedicated learning project for me in 2017! I'll call it Project Techie (ProTech).