We live in a fast-paced world. If you want to stay on your game and find the best job opportunities, it has become crucial to keep learning new skills. Whether you’re looking for a complete career change and need a boost for your resume, or simply want to stand out in your current field, developing your knowledge can be the key to getting ahead.
There are plenty of ways to build your skill set, and many of online courses are free or reasonably priced! You don’t need to go back to school or quit your full time job to keep learning.
Even if you don’t end up using your new skills directly in your career, learning itself is a valuable tool. The more you learn, the more well-rounded, interesting and attractive you can become as a potential job candidate.
If you currently work for a company, it can be helpful to develop skills in other areas, such as technology or marketing. Understanding the elements of what other departments do not only makes it easier to collaborate on projects, but you’re also likely to find new job opportunities within the organization.
Here are a few of our favorite resources for job seekers in order to brush up on their skills, or learn new ones!
- Skillshare – With a huge variety of classes, Skillshare is a great resource for anyone looking to build skills. You can easily find classes using this page, in anything that may be helpful for your career such as product design, marketing or productivity. [Prices range]
- Udemy – Another large database of courses, Udemy offers experiences in very niche areas, such as Microsoft Excel 10, iOS 10 development and Python programming. Not all courses are tech-related, however. You can learn about body language, creativity or photography. [Prices range]
- Open2Study – A smaller selection of courses, but they’re all free! You can find subjects ranging from science & tech to health & medicine. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree or looking to study with a university online, you can also browse the accredited programs [Free or paid]
- CreativeLive – An awesome resource for creative professionals (or anyone looking to develop their creative skills!). Taught by leading experts from around the world, you can take classes in subjects such as photography or design, even public speaking and managing finances. We recommend starting with the Money & Life section for your job search unless you want to build skills in other creative areas. [Prices range]
- Udacity – If you work regularly with tech teams or just want to broaden your knowledge, there are several courses from Udacity that would be a great place to start. Their nanodegree programs are built and taught by experts in technology and boast taking them will land you a job in six months. Udacity also offers a variety of free courses ranging from beginner to advanced designed to build your skills in subjects like Android development, offline web applications and computer science. [Free or paid]
- General Assembly – With a variety of courses in technology, design, marketing and data, General Assembly focuses on building career-related skills and is a great resource if you’re in one of these fields. They offer online courses, as well as in-person programs and events in New York City. [Prices range]
- CourseHorse – Another company that offers both online and in-person classes, CourseHorse is available in NYC, L.A. and Chicago. With a huge range of programs, you can find anything from cooking to communications to construction. They also partner with universities and other certification programs, if you’re looking to go a little deeper in one particular area. For career-related courses, check out the professional section or the tech section. [Prices range]
Investing time into developing your skills is an excellent way to make you a more desirable and employable candidate. Not only can they be beneficial for your career, but you’ll likely find your time spent building skills enjoyable.