Boost your knowledge with these 5 online platforms: Free courses to advance your career


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford



You know what makes successful people? To never stop learning. Always be curious about the world, new fields and ways to improve your skills.
To get you even more motivated: Keeping your brain working will keep it healthy, preventing a bad memory or even Dementia.

So, how can we gain new skills? For some of us, we are lucky enough to have an employer who is interested in developing talents. It’s companies who are willing to spend on further education of their employees, for them to make a better job and bring in new ideas. But the reality is, that most people need to care for their own education. Not all of us have the time to enroll into university for some extra lectures or pay for further education on our own.
Luckily, the web 2.0, the interactive web, offers great chances for online courses and tutorials to learn new skills all by ourselves! Of course, it’s not only limited to hard skills, you could even learn about fields you were always interested in. Art, History, Biology, Psychology, there’s no limit on knowledge.

Here’s 5 platforms to get your brain working – completely for free:

Udacity

Udacity’s platform is directly related to gaining skills for your dream job. With courses about programming, web design or data science, they offer nano degrees which are accepted as official references. 
Instead of lecturing they believe in practical learning.
Together with companies like Google, Salesforce and Facebook, they develop interactive courses for beginners, advanced level and professionals.
 However, not all courses are for free, so you have to filter in advance.

Some courses we really like:

MIT OpenCourseWare

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, short MIT, is known as one of the high class universities of the world. Mostly, it’s known for engineering and physical sciences, but their gradate programs offer a wide range of courses. In their OpenCourseWare, the MIT made their content from different courses available for everyone, sharing it online for free.

In the course overview, you can filter by topics and departments, for example Business, Fine Arts, Engineering, etc., getting the possibility to access the course online or download the materials. Furthermore, most of them contain video and audio lectures as well as assignments.
So you have to do your homework! To be honest, it’s hard to follow an online lecture without having the possibility to ask for more details, so we’d recommend it mostly for humanities, psychology and fine arts.

Here’s 3 courses we love:

(not all of them might be important for your work, but could interest you on personal level as well. Just learn, the benefits are yours!):

 

edX

Not only did the MIT provide their own content, they collaborated with Harvard to found edX in 2012. The portal offers courses from universities around the world, so you can enroll in courses from home and in your own time. Most of them are for free, and for a little charge, you can even get a certificate if you need it for your job or a future application. It’s open source and non-profit. The courses come together from all fields of study, like architecture, law, communication, business, etc.
So feel free to feed all your interest!

Our favorite courses are:


“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan


The Digital Garage

A platform by Google about Online Marketing? That’s got to be a guarantee for digital skills! And it is. The digital garage’s online courses guide you through the function of search engines, social media, analytics and more. It’s a great way to spice up your CV and score a career entry in Online Marketing.

We recommend taking all courses, one after another,  to get into the field of Online Marketing.

 

Inversity

Iversity is a special online platform which focuses on higher education for professional purposes. Their courses are provided by business experts who formed courses in their professionals fields for you to learn. As most platforms, it offers free courses as well as paid ones. For the free ones, filter for „MOOCs“ in the course catalogue.

Three of our favorites are: