Learning something new can only help you, especially if your career is still in its incipient stage. The possibilities are endless as long as you are willing to update not only your professional profile, but also your knowledge. The Muse has amassed a list of FREE online classes you can take and complete by the end of this year.
Course duration: 10h/ 16 lessons
- Make a Website –Codeacademy
Course duration: 3h/ 5 lessons
- Image editing and Photoshop –Digital Tutors
If you have no idea how to use Photoshop but you need to learn how to master it, you should watch a series of step-by-step videos which teach you the ABC of Photoshop, as well as basic tools and techniques. First things first: resize and resample images, then correct the colours of a photo and remove unwanted information. You are now a Photoshop wizard!
Course duration: 1.5h/ 10 lessons
- Concept Sketching –Digital Tutors
Digital Tutors teaches you concept sketching with the help of Adobe Photoshop. Once you master Photoshop, you will be able to create logos, layouts, characters etc. Here are just some of the things you will learn here: thumbnail sketching, gesture sketching, silhouette sketching and speed painting sketching.
Course duration: 1.5 h/ 10 lessons
- Learn InDesign –Udemy
Knowing how to use InDesign is essential if you want to build comprehensive page layouts, but also if you work in the media industry.
Warning: You won’t be able to complete this course by the end of this year, but you will surely begin a new year with a fresh skill on your CV.
Course duration: 12 h/ 105 lessons
- Learn the ropes of Google Analytics –ALISON
Mastering Google Analytics is a must no matter if you are managing a personal blog or you are running an international commercial website. If you decide to take this class, you will learn how to find out exactly how well your paid keywords perform, identify problem areas and determine the keywords which bring high value visits.
Course duration: 2h/ 1 lesson
- Master Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution –Coursera
Although this course was initially taught at the University of California, Irvine, its online version allows people from all over the world to strengthen their professional relationships by addressing conflicts between people within organisations. It explores the topics of generalizations, stereotypes, communication strategies, communication styles and communication orientations.
Course duration: 12 h/ 4 lessons
- Law and the Entrepreneur –Coursera
This online class is meant to help entrepreneurs get over the fear of knowing and handling the legal aspects of their business. It covers trademark and copyright law and protecting intellectual property of the business with patent.
Course duration: 42 h/ 6 lessons
- Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security –edX
This course is taught by the University of Adelaide, Australia and its purpose is to help people understand the spectrum of responses to the complexity of issues involved in online surveillance and security. Those who choose to take this course have the opportunity to learn the nature and consequences of cyber-activism and cyberwar.
Course duration: 18h/ 6 lessons
- Professional Communication Essentials –Udemy
Every professional should master communication skills such as letter-writing, email etiquette and web and URL searching and this is exactly what Udemy has to offer. In an hour-long course, you will improve your writing, thinking and information literacy in a number of electronic environments.
Course duration: 1h/ 10 lessons
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