Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics and will teach you a new skill before the year is out.
You no longer have to commute for miles or fork out obscene amounts of cash to upskill yourself.
The opportunity to do so is now readily available at your very fingertips, with the great resource of the internet – love it or loathe it – providing some wildly impressive opportunities to those who seek them.
Thousands of courses are now available and (mostly) free-to-use for those who neither want early mornings nor to put on a bra.
Categories span from Web Security to Photography to Marketing to AI, all of which are available from some of the world's best universities.
One of the most popular learning platforms for such skills is Udemy. Once you sign up, you get lifetime access to hundreds of possible courses and most of the time they have some promotion going on.
Another such website is Curious where you can grow your skills with online video lessons. Upon joining, you tell the Curious Learning Engine about yourself, and your experience levels, and what you’re curious about.
On lynda.com (now called LinkedIn learning) one can learn technology, creative and business skills. You can learn anything from graphic design to IT security to project coordination, all the while making contacts in the outside world. An excellent resource for total beginners.
CreativeLive allows one to take free creative classes from the world's top experts. Classes and talks range here from the psychology behind working for yourself to niche marketing tactics for those looking to expand. It also boasts a lengthy black book of craft-masters from which you can contact.
For those looking to grab the technological revolution with both hands, Codecademy allows one to learn to code interactively, for free. From building websites to analysing data, the choice is yours.
For those looking to advance their chosen career with one-on-one membership, Thinkful is your man. Think of it as a personal mentor service, with your own designated master cheering from the sidelines. They’ll help you get further faster by tailoring your curriculum to suit your schedule and specific job goals.
Thinkful maintain that one-on-one mentorship is hands-down a faster, more effective way to learn – and we're starting to think so too.
Making websites can feel impossible if you don't know what to do, but that's where Dash comes in.
The programme allows you to learn the right way to code HTML, the building block of the web and design beautifully modern sites and learn how to balance layout for content and navigation.
Duolingo – something that many will have already heard of – allows one to learn a language for free from the comfort of their own phone. Revive your old exam subject languages or prep for an upcoming trip – you'll surprise yourself with how much you can learn on your commute.
And finally, always wanted to learn chess? You're not alone. On Chesscademy you can learn how to play chess for free and grow the tactical thinking side of your brain.
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