The country is finally on the verge of reopening. If you’ve been out of work due to COVID-19, you may be excited to start your job search soon.
But whether you’re home waiting for the vaccine before you venture out, or eagerly awaiting for companies to open their doors and start hiring, now’s a great time to improve your skills and make yourself more competitive once you start your job search.
Throughout the pandemic, many companies have been offering free courses to help people do just that.
Now, you may be asking yourself why you should care about developing or expanding on skills… after all, you were hired before, right? Well, the reality is more complicated than that. With such unprecedented levels of unemployment and some businesses in danger of shutting down permanently, it’s a critical time to set yourself apart in the job search. Having new skills that complement and enhance your existing abilities will be critical to moving forward in the application process.
We’ve scoured the web to find some great courses you can take now (for free!) to get your skills up to par, learn something new, and make yourself more marketable in the new economy.
Boost your skills with these online courses
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Coursera is a compilation of online classes from university instructors around the world. They typically offer an array of free courses, as well as paid courses. But they’ve upped the free course offerings during the COVID-19 lockdowns to enable users to build new skills and keep on learning. The Coursera blog highlights some of the courses they’re offering, and how you can sign up for free during COVID-19. Here’s what their site says:
- Free online courses for college students: from preparing for an interview to learning data science, we’ve collected courses to make it easier to keep learning.
- Free online courses for career development: from creative problem solving to personal branding, we identified courses to help you build important career skills.
- Free online courses for building your cloud technology career: from machine learning to cloud computing, we’ve curated a set of courses to help you grow your career in an increasingly digital world.
- Free online courses in Spanish: from wellness to professional development, we’re making popular Spanish-language courses available for free.
So even if you’ve been binging on Netflix for weeks (you’re not alone!), now is a great time to get started with some free online courses as you prep for the world to open up again, and to hit the ground running toward a new job with your awesome new skills.