Curious and Hungry to Build Career Skills? Try These

Curious and Hungry to Build Career Skills? Try These

With more time at home, it is great time to take an online class. You might want to learn about a topic or delve into a field to see if you would like to return to school. Some classes are free.


Alison is a Galway, Ireland-based social impact business offering a large range of free, comprehensive classes on technology, languages, science, financial literacy, personal and soft skills, entrepreneurship, and then some. It targets all kinds of learners, from professionals and managers to teachers and freelancers.


Udemy is a global learning platform that has plenty to offer for the learner on a budget, from completely free courses taught by experts, professors, entrepreneurs, and professionals, to frequent discounts and class specials. In addition to classes in tech, business, and marketing, you can also explore options in productivity, health, hobbies, and lifestyle. 


If you want to receive a college education without the high cost of tuition, Coursera is the best stop. This website offers amazing courses, guided projects, mini-specializations and online degrees in all kinds of fields, from professional development to psychology, history, and literature—all created and taught by professors at top institutions nationally and across the globe. Their universities include Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and plenty more.


Just like Coursera, edX offers anyone, anywhere the chance to take university classes in various departments—and get certified.  Some of their big partners include Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago (and that’s not all!). Unlike other sites, edX was founded by universities themselves, and is a non-profit.


Udacity focuses on software development, offering free courses in programming, data science, and web development. The website also offers a nanodegree program for individuals who want to master a skill set or pursue a full-time career in tech.  Students who enroll in the nanodegree program also get advice on their resume, CV and LinkedIn profile. 

LinkedIn Learning

By subscribing to LinkedIn Learning, you’ll have access to thousands of courses in business, design, art, education, and tech. And it offers a free one-month trial so you can test the waters!


If you’re ever wanted to take a tennis lesson from Serena Williams or learn how to write fiction from Joyce Carol Oates, Masterclass is for you. For $15 a month, you get access to instruction in photography to design to culinary arts to academics. For the price, the outstanding and well-known faculty are worth it alone.  


Skillshare provides “bite-sized” classes to learners who only have 15 minutes a day. It has more than 500 free classes and several thousand premium classes to choose from in topics such as film, writing, tech, lifestyle and more.


LearnSmart’s orientated toward career development, which is why it’s a great place to learn about IT and security, project management, HR and business.

General Assembly

Mainly focused on coding, software development, product management and digital marketing, General Assembly offers many different classes and trainings.  A number of free webinars are also available.

Still don’t know where to start? Try Class Central—it personalizes your class search by asking you from the get-go what you’re interested in learning and from whom. Then, it pairs you with options from Coursera, edX, and other forums to find what best suits your needs, making the process even easier