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On the hunt for skills: The best online courses to stand out

By Antal International

As a candidate, advancing in your career requires more than just landing a job; it also entails developing your skills to remain competitive in today's job market.

Did you know that over half of all professionals want to level up their skills? That's right, it doesn't matter where you come from or what your financial situation is, the desire to learn and grow is universal. Many of these ambitious individuals are hitting a roadblock - they just don't know where to start. ????????

The good news is that experts are here to save the day! Anyone can improve their skills, and there are loads of resources available to help us out. And the good news is that you can now upskill for free with the help of various online platforms. ????

Our experts have done the hard work of hunting down the best online platforms to upskill, and we're excited to share them with you. ????

Here are some top platforms that offer quality courses for free or at an affordable cost:


edX - offers free university classes in various departments and also provides certificates upon completion.


HubSpot's courses aren't just for marketing and sales teams, but can benefit all stakeholders in a business. Whether you're a business owner, an individual, or part of a company, the wide array of courses offered by HubSpot can help you enhance your knowledge in various business-related subjects. The courses are free, and their utility extends beyond your current job position.


Udemy - offers plenty of options for learners on a budget, with both free and discounted courses taught by experts, entrepreneurs, and professionals in various fields.


Coursera - offers college-caliber courses created and taught by professors at top institutions nationally and across the globe. With thousands of classes available for free or a low cost, you can earn a certificate or "specialization" to showcase your skills.


Udacity - focuses on software development, offering free courses in programming, data science, web development, and other areas of tech.


ALISON - offers a large range of free, comprehensive classes on technology, languages, science, financial literacy, personal and soft skills, entrepreneurship, and much more.


FutureLearn - offers a range of free courses taught by universities and special organizations, covering subjects like business and management; creative arts and media; law; literature; IT and computer science; healthcare and medicine; science, engineering, and math; politics and society; psychology and mental health; study skills; and teaching.


LinkedIn Learning - offers access to thousands of courses in business, design, art, education, and tech, among others. You can display completed certificates on your LinkedIn profile and gain insight into what others in your network are learning. The platform operates through a monthly subscription with a one-month free trial.


Codecademy - teaches coding skills, covering all kinds of programming, including JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, CSS, and Python.


Pluralsight - provides classes in software, 3D development, VFX, design, game design, web design, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and CAD software, among other topics.


Google SkillShop - offers free certifications on Google's many web, software, and hardware tools, including YouTube, Android, and Waze, for a range of careers like cybersecurity, marketing, design, teaching, and data analysis.


Class Central - a search engine where you can narrow down your search to what you're interested in learning and from whom. You'll see results from Coursera, edX, and other entries on this list, making the process of taking courses more manageable.


By upskilling through these platforms, you can upgrade your CV, stand out as an employee of choice, and advance in your career. Start today and let us know which platform you prefer!????

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