We all have a little extra time on our hands with the social distancing and shelter in place orders many of us are under. What if we used this time to gain more skills and learn about new things? What if we used this time to start a new business or work on our passion project? Make the most of this time at home by taking online classes and courses to learn things to further your life, whether it is skills for your personal achievement or to learn new work skills. Here are a few sites you can consider.
Lynda from LinkedIn
LinkedIn Learning has now become Lynda.com, and by signing up for LinkedIn Premium, you get free access to thousands of courses. From photography to web development to business to design, the sheer number of courses offered could keep you busy for months or even years! Extra time can add up to new skills to use in life and at work, and your first month is free. Here are some of the most interesting courses available on Lynda.
- Commercial Drone License
This course prepares you for the FAA certification testing to become a licensed pilot of commercial drones.
- Design Your First Logo
Logos are a visual representation of your brand, and it can be quite expensive to have one created by a professional. This course offers the skills needed to build a strong and professional logo from scratch.
- Freelancing Foundations
Right now many people are looking for ways to make some extra money. This course walks you through the basics of setting up a freelancing business.
This site offers you access to thousands of courses in a number of different categories, including culinary, film & TV, sports & games, business, writing, and more. For only $15/month (billed annually), you can learn many life skills and information about your passion or hobbies. Advantages to this platform are that the classes are offered by people who are at the top of their fields. Jodie Foster (filmmaking), Christina Aguilera (singing), Wolfgang Puck (cooking) and more.
Some of the most interesting courses available are:
- Annie Leibovitz offers a 15-part course that includes portrait photography, light concepts, working with your subject, case studies, and more.
- L. Stine offers a 28-part course on how to write stories for younger audiences. He includes getting from idea to plot, surprise endings, plot twists, writing for different age levels, and several case studies.
- Lynnette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana are award-winning bartenders, and they offer a 17-lesson course on creating cocktails. From simple to more complex, learning how to mix up drinks you will love can be a great skill for the future.
- Jane Goodall offers a 14-part course on conservation. This course includes chimpanzee behavior, humans and the environment, organic farming, and more.
Use this time wisely, it can also give you more skills and learning for the future, this can also keep you from feeling boredom while stuck inside. Mix it up and learn about things that have always called to you. Learn how to cook Mexican food, take great pictures, or learn more about politics by taking advantage of these platforms. Enjoy learning!
By: Janis Rodgers