When you think about corporate learning, it may conjure images of fluorescent lighting, stale donuts and wishing you were back at your desk, surfing the Web. But getting the most out of learning and educational opportunities on the job can put you head and shoulders above your colleagues. The world of business is ever-changing and making the effort to invest your own learning – both in and outside of the conference room – helps you become a more efficient, knowledgeable employee and a more attractive prospect when promotions come knocking. Here’s how to improve continual learning.

1. Online Courses. Whether you sign up for a MOOC (massive open online course) or you take an online course or seminar, you’re gaining knowledge on your time. While MOOCs still have a long way to go in receiving national and professional recognition, registering for a course that can help you on the job makes for a stronger at-work presence. In short, continual learning means a professional edge and a more efficient workplace.

2. TED-Ed. If you don’t have the time to invest in a full course, nab bite-sized pieces of information by perusing the library of videos on the TED-Ed website. While you can join a series, you can also stream lessons one at a time, with no serious commitment. There, you’ll find topics like “The Science of Stage Fright and How to Overcome it” by Mikael Cho and “The 3 A’s of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha.

3. Optional Training. Not all the training offered by your human resources department is mandatory – some is optional for certain employees. By opting to sit in on optional training, you soak in new information and get the details on what other employees are learning. Hey, it’s free education – who wouldn’t want that? Talk to your HR department about offered courses that you can attend.