6 Free Online Tools To Help You Learn New Skills

Both companies and individuals are constantly striving for better productivity and it’s no surprise that AI and Robotics are changing how we live and work. What is alarming is how these productivity boosting technologies will affect employment in the future. Some estimates put job losses at nearly 50% by 2025.

While this is scary, it’s also an opportunity to change the way we think about education and work. Most people are working in jobs or industries that they simply fell into after college. Now is a fantastic time to re-evaluate what you want from life by learning new skills!

What skills should I learn?

It’s a great question and the answer should be a combination of what the market is demanding and what you are interested in doing. Remember that when you learn a new skill you open yourself up to new possibilities, so it’s also a great time to:

  1. Expand your network with others who are also learning that same skill
  2. Re-evaluate what is important to you and find what you are passionate about doing
  3. Change careers
  4. Start your own business

It’s both exciting and daunting to learn something new. Remember that by taking small steps and getting even 1% better each day, you can accomplish amazing things over the course of a few months.

6 free sites to help you learn new skills

Now that you have an idea of the new skills you’d like to learn you need to find a cost effective way to learn them. The good news is that you don’t need to go back to school, get an expensive degree and be saddled with debt. Below are 6 free sites to help you upgrade your skills.

#1 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)

MOOCS have gained in popularity in recent years and if you have an internet connection and a desire to learn, you can find most any subject to master through these companies and all at zero or minimal cost compared to going back to school.

Some of these are run by unversities such as Stanford and MIT. There are also companies and non-profits that have been set up solely for the purpose of online education. These include Udemy, Coursera, Udacity, Futurelearn, and Edex. Some of them are more costly and offer some type of industry certification or “nanodegree” while others are completely free.

#2 Course Buffet

Course Buffet aggregates hundreds of free courses from 17 platforms (MOOCs) and 200+ Universities allowing you to search and compare them. They also allow you to create your own career path such as learning computer science at the bachelor level. Imagine taking computer science courses from Harvard, MIT and Stanford for free!

#3 Alison

Alison provides hundreds of free courses from Google, Microsoft, MIT and other Universities. It also has the option to pursue Diploma level paths and gain relevant industry certificates. You can either customise your learning with a la carte options or choose a specific learning path such as Marketing or HR.

#4 Skillshare

Think of Skillshare as crowdsourced learning. It’s a great place to learn specific skills like logo design or how to start freelancing. You can access around 300 courses for free, but you’ll need a pro subscription to access the full library.

#5 Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a great resource for both Adults and kids. Whether you want to learn a new skill or your kids need some help in Algebra, this is a fantastic free resource. Khan Academy’s mission is to democratise learning and they are a leader in this space.

Technology has given us nearly endless possibilities to learn. Think how much of the world’s information is now a google search away. Learning is no longer something we do only in school but a lifetime pursuit. So take the time today to re-tool and learn new skills so you can create a better tomorrow for yourself.


Originally published at www.chasingyourlife.com on May 16, 2017.