Through your work experience, you have probably gained a decent number of different skills. But sometimes, that is not enough and you need to learn new skills. Your company has probably implemented new software and you don’t know how to use it. Or you have just switched careers and you are missing that one piece of a puzzle to succeed in the workplace.
Technology is advancing and you need to keep up with new software, apps, departments, etc. Learning new skills takes time, but don’t worry there are plenty of websites that can help you in learning a new skill. Whether you are just starting to look for a job, switching careers, or just want to boost your resume with new skills, here are the top sites where you can take online classes and where you don’t have to spend a lot of money:
Udemy.com is my absolute favorite when it comes to taking online courses. It’s very simple to navigate and search courses by industry or department. Game development, business strategy, photography, home improvement, office productivity, you name it. There is something for everyone.
Udemy offers an immediate discount to new students. When you sign up for the website, you can grab courses for as little as $9,99. Oftentimes, they run monthly discounts and you can get courses for 90% which is pretty cheap. And once you buy the course, you have lifetime access.
However, Udemy has low standards when it comes to instructor selection. You can find courses that are made by complete amateurs and you can find courses that are taught by professionals. Be careful when choosing and always pay attention to instructor reviews and comments. If you want to learn a new skill and boost your resume, then head on to Udemy and choose from a variety of courses that can help you land that dream job.
If you have a LinkedIn premium account, then you have unlimited access to LinkedIn courses. LinkedIn Learning is a website offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creativity, and business skills. They don’t have as many categories as Udemy, but they cover almost all business and technology-related topics.
LinkedIn learning ranks better when it comes to faculty and course quality. They have highly experienced professionals who have been carefully selected and trained by LinkedIn. The only problem with LinkedIn premium is the price. You pay $29.99 per month and if you cancel your subscription, you can’t go back and review the course.
Skillshare offers an impressive catalog of courses, with over 23,000 courses covering different topics. The site is more oriented towards entrepreneurs and creatives. Videos are shorter and more to the point and you can quickly gain a new skill. Skillshare has a subscription model with a 7-day free trial. the monthly fee is $15 if you pay month by month, or $99 if you choose to be billed annually. This is less expensive than LinkedIn learning and if you don’t like the course, you can just choose something else. You don’t have to pay for another course like with Udemy.
A downside would be that Skillshare does not offer certificates so you can’t put that on your resume. However, if you learned a new skill such as SQL, you can list that under your skills. Don’t solely focus on certificates – learning new skills and applying them is more valuable than having a paper of completion.
With Coursera, you can build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. You can sign up for free, but to get a Course Certificate for a course, you will need to pay a fee. For some courses, paying the fee also gives you access to other course features, like graded assignments.
You can also get a specialization or get a degree. Some Specializations offer subscriptions. When you subscribe to a Coursera course or Specialization, you’ll be charged every month until you complete the Specialization by earning a Certificate in every course in that Specialization or cancel your subscription. All of that can cost you a lot of money and if you don’t care about certificates then Coursera offers a lot of value for free.
With Coursera you know you are getting a high-quality education from top institutions and you are getting great learning support from the community.
Udacity specializes in offering courses in programming, data science, artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and learning those skills can give a boost to your career. Udacity’s strength is the quality of courses that are offered. Udacity scans the instructors and they have to be professionals in their field to teach. Sometimes Udacity partners with big companies such as Amazon to provide more value and quality content.
Udacity has around 200 courses that are completely free (but do not offer a certificate). If you want to get a Nanodegree or a certificate then this would cost you $399 per month and it would take you up to 5 months to complete a degree. However, Udacity offers financial aid just like Coursera. If you want to become an expert in a certain field, then Udacity would the platform for you.
On edX you can access 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide. You can gain new skills and earn a certificate of completion. Courses on edX are created and taught by some of the top-ranked universities such as MIT, Harvard, UC Berkley, Wharton, and industry-leading companies in the world such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. From Data analysis to Medicine, edX can help you gain new skills and enhance your career. When you complete a course, you can get a certificate for $199.