Although some of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue working from home, realistically there are many more employees who are unable to do so. And if you are a job seeker desperately looking for work well then I imagine that this lockdown could not have come at a worse time for you. But I think that we should all try to take something positive away from this experience, and if you have suddenly found yourself with significantly more free time available, maybe you should consider upskilling yourself.
So how do you upskill while locked up at home with very limited finances? You search for a free online course. There are loads of them out there, and I have compiled a list of 7 free online course providers that you can use during these tough times.
Upskill with an online course for free.
As I said, upskilling now while you have the time available is a great way to ensure that your application stands out when you are able to start searching for employment again. Below are 7 online course providers that will allow you to do this for free.
Udemy is a very well know online course provider. And with over 100 000 online courses they claim to have the world’s largest selection. They have paid for as well as free course options, but here is a link to the free courses available.
I would like to make a note here that although they have a huge selection of courses, anyone can actually make a Udemy course. Because of this the quality does vary. Pay attention to the ratings of each course, and if you find yourself busy with a course of low quality rather just move on. It is free after all.
2) LinkedIn Learning
Coming from a name like LinkedIn you can imagine that these courses are all of the very best quality. These courses are not free unfortunately, and you would need to pay a monthly subscription in order to access these fantastic courses. However, there is a loophole. LinkedIn does offer a free 1-month trial which will give you access to all their courses. This is an obligation free trial that you can cancel at the end of the month. It seems perfect for a 21-day lockdown if you ask me.
Codecadamy has a wide selection of free courses and paid memberships. There is no time limit on the free membership, so if you are interested you can check them out here.
4) Digital Skills for Africa
This is a google backed learning platform which is absolutely brilliant. I have personally completed the fundamentals of digital marketing certification and found the course to be informative and well presented. I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking to start their own business in the near future.
This is a great option for anyone who is a little bit creative and would like to expand on these skills. From graphic design courses to videography and photography. You will find it here. Once again this is not a free site however they will offer you a free 2-month premium membership.
Allison offers free courses on a variety of subjects ranging from IT to lifestyle and everything in-between. In fact, the Alison website states that with their online Diploma courses, you can receive comprehensive training on almost any topic you need. In just 8-10 hours, each Diploma course delivers a clear run-through of an important subject, whether it’s how to design a website or essential management skills. Check out what they have to offer here.
If you are interested in computer science courses then this might be the place for you. They have a wonderful selection of free computer science courses available. You can check them all out here if you are interested.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. If you found this useful you might also enjoy reading about a few other productive activities to boost your career during lockdown.
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