6 websites to boost your skills from home – for free! 💻

With more people attending university than ever before, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd when it comes to looking for a graduate job. You’ve worked really hard to get here, and now you’re slogging your way through a degree, so it’s got to be worth all that effort – surely?!

One of the ways you can boost your employability is by gaining some extra skills and knowledge for your CV – but fear not, this can be done from the comfort of your duvet! Here’s a run-down of some of the best places to learn something new, online.

Coding

There’s no denying that coding is an in-demand skill in 2017. According to data from 26 million US online job postings, half of all programming openings are in industries which aren’t technology. Industries like finance, manufacturing, and health care are all looking for coders. So how can you get involved? Try these for starters:

Codeacademy – Set up an account and learn to code, for free. codeacademyCodeacademy has courses on several languages including JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and HTML & CSS!

Dash – This one is specifically helpful if you’re looking to make a website – again it’s a free tool which will teach you all the basics.

Languages

The benefits of speaking a foreign language are plentiful – from improving your memory and cognitive functions, to boosting your creativity and self-confidence. Not only this, but employers regularly ask for foreign language skills as a requirement, or desirable characteristics, in job specifications. Maybe your GCSE French is getting a little rusty now, not to worry – you can try these options:

duolingo

Meet Duo! From Duolingo

Duolingo – This app and website helps you learn a language, for free, and it’s fun! The lessons are gamified, so it can get pretty addictive. They currently offer 21 languages for English speakers, with 6 more on the horizon!

Memrise – Memrise is a crowdsourced way to learn languages that focuses on vocabulary in flash-card style exercises. They have courses in over 200 languages and it comes as a website and an app, perfect for learning on the go.

Specialist knowledge

Maybe you’re looking for something a bit more subject specific? Try out these websites for huge collections of online courses in masses of different subjects!

Coursera – Coursera has thousands of courses on all sorts of topics, from top universities all over the world. You can study online, and even get verified certificates. Popular courses right now include Introduction to Psychology and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Technologies.

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edX – Access free and verified courses from the globe over. You can use your Verified Certificates to showcase your new skills and knowledge to potential employers – as well as displaying your achievements on your LinkedIn account.

 

That’s probably enough for you to be getting on with – let us know your favourite sites for online learning!

 

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