There’s no need to worry about the cost of expanding your knowledge base and skills now that the internet is filled with professional level courses and tutorials for almost everything. Some of these courses are accredited, meaning after you have completed them you get a certificate proving you completed the course, which a great for adding to your c.v and professional development. Here are some tips to get you started:
Know what you want to learn first
Sounds simple but there are literally thousands of online courses, so finding the right one is going to be a lot simpler if you know what you are looking for. Think about your interest, if you need a beginner crash course or something more advanced. Also think about the length of the course and if it’s available at your leisure.
Where to look
There are many websites who offer courses and tutorials, some are aimed at the professional market, some academic and others are aimed at teaching you a new creative skill. Some great places to start are The Khan Academy (more academic subjects), Alison (free courses with certification), Udemy (free and some paid courses) and Lynda (paid subscription but offers a free trial and may be free through your company benefits program).
One of the main advantages of paid courses is that you have the chance to have your questions answered, but don’t automatically think that free courses are a one way channel where you can’t get feedback. Many of the course sites have built in forums, chat spaces or direct you to places where you can talk with others who are learning and also to teachers and professionals.
The thing to remember is that learning online relies on you taking the initiative to invest in your learning. It takes effort to find the time to devote to learning on your own accord, but if you pick the right subject and the best course available it will all be worth it.