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“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” — John D Rockefeller.

Published on July 13, 2021
Glen Patterson

An educator, speaker, consultant, founder, investor, and squash and soccer enthusiast. Glen is the co-founder of the WorkSchool.

One space billionaire has now made it to space and back. Jeff Bezos is next.

As Elon Musk looked on, Richard Branson and five other Virgin Galactic crew members successfully completed a flight to space, a big milestone for the growing space tourism industry.

Branson and crew flew 53.5 miles in the air, unbuckled and floated around for a bit, and descended back to Earth before enjoying the more traditional Sunday morning activity of drowning yourself in champagne.

Backstory: It was a dream come true for the 70 year old billionaire. Branson was hungover on the day the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon in 1969. He had turned 19 two days earlier and had celebrated accordingly. But he was “gripped” as he watched Neil Armstrong on his family’s little black-and-white television, he later wrote in a memoir. He knew then—he was “instantly convinced”—that someday he would go to space himself.

Big picture: Yesterday’s was the first mission that mimics the commercial flights Virgin Galactic hopes to launch soon. About 600 well-heeled customers who’ve paid at least $200,000 each are eagerly awaiting their opportunity to follow in Branson's footsteps.

What to expect: Jeff Bezos will fly to space in a Blue Origin rocket in just a week. “Can't wait to join the club!” Bezos wrote in a congratulatory Instagram post after Branson's flight.



It is a new week, there are many interesting and exciting courses on WorkSchool this week. Looking for the best way to start or elevate your tech career, this is the best place to start.

Finding it difficult on which online course to take? Or you have been having impostor syndrome? Worry no more. Taking online courses gives you the opportunity to improve yourself and change your condition. Are you looking for the best career learning path? We got you. This week, we highlight five courses you can take on our website.

Top 5 courses on WorkSchool:

  • Introduction to Data Science in Python: view the course

  • Agile Process, Project, and Program Controls: view the course

  • Introduction to Machine Learning: view the course

  • Writing Masterclass: Sentences (Strategy 2 in the Writing Masterclass Series): view the course

  • Introduction to Watson AI: view the course

  • Why these courses: Getting a technical skill and a soft skill is the best thing you can do for your career, at this point. These courses will help you improve at your current job, and give you the opportunity to pick up a new skill. There are endless possibilities in tech, and taking any of these courses will put you on the right path.

    Duration: You can complete the courses and earn your certificate within some hours.

    Big picture: There is no sector in the world where technical skills are not needed. An average computer programmer makes over $50,000usd. You can be among the few people transforming their lives with tech. Transitioning to tech is made easy with WorkSchool.


    Bye Bye To Twitter Fleets

    It turns out Twitter’s Fleets feature was here for a good time, not a long time. The social media platform said yesterday it’s shutting down the Instagram Stories-esque feature that allowed users to post content that would disappear in 24 hours.

    Why? Eight months in, it just wasn’t that popular. Twitter’s VP of product said, “In the time since we introduced Fleets to everyone, we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped.”

    Moral of the story: Copying Snapchat’s ephemeral feature worked for Instagram, but platforms are learning that just because something clicks in one setting doesn’t mean it will work everywhere.

    Bottom line: Twitter hopes other new product releases, like its Clubhouse competitor, Spaces, will be less fleeting.


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    Commission Challenge 2021 – Space for Smart Mobility

    Copernicus Masters invites you to apply for Commission Challenge- Space for Smart Mobility 2021! Apply now!

    The Copernicus Masters is designed to support the development of Copernicus-related entrepreneurship by eliciting and rewarding projects and business ideas that make use of Earth observation data primarily generated under the Copernicus programme. The European Commission is supporting start-ups under the two Space Programmes, Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Navigation) and through a number of initiatives to stimulate the development of innovative products or solutions based on EU Space data. This Commission Challenge is set up by the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space.

    The European Commission is looking for market-oriented proposals that use both Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data and signals in the field of smart mobility. In the European Green Deal, the European Commission set the ambitious goal of making Europe a front runner in environmental protection, carbon neutrality, societal resilience, and the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals. Mobility is one of the key areas where innovative solutions, applications, and services can foster the transformation towards a resource-efficient and environmentally friendly society.

    Click here to apply.

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