4 Free Online Resources to Advance Your Career

The rapid worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has shaken up the daily lives of everyone across the globe. With public health officials and government agencies locking down cities, states, and countries, many of us have been forced to self-isolate.

Many people are relieved to get a much-needed staycation away from work to chill out in their PJs, eat snacks, and catch up on some Netflix binge-watching. However, despite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relax and reset, there are only so many episodes of Tiger King available on Netflix.

While many people see this forced coronavirus quarantine as a freebie to entertain themselves, others are seeing the opportunity to advance their careers and businesses.

Many are choosing to use this time to take a course and learn something new. And while it may not be the best time to spend money on courses with the economy slowing down, there’s a growing number of courses available online you can take for free.

Don’t let this opportunity go to waste. Even if you don’t have the money, you can still upgrade your skillset with a variety of incredible courses that won’t cost you a thing.

Here are four free online courses to advance your career during coronavirus quarantine:

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1. Photography (Nikon)

Do you want to brush up on your photography skills? Well, now you have the chance to take your lens game to the next level. Nikon, the world-famous camera company, is offering their online photography classes away for free for the entire month of April as a way to encourage people to stay home.

They’ve made their entire curriculum of photography classes accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The curriculum includes courses like “Fundamentals of Photography,” “Exploring Dynamic Landscape Photography,” and “The Art of Making Music Videos,” among many others.

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2. 3D Animation: How to Animate Logos (Udemy)

Are you creative? Do you have an eye for design? How about animation?

If you’ve ever wanted to advance in your animation skills, this course offers a great opportunity. It teaches you how to animate logos for companies and brands.

Over 47,000 students have taken the free course. It includes 4 hours of video lessons by teacher Michael McGreal.

This course is excellent for anyone wanting to start earning a living by creating animations online, or for business owners who wish to take their creative department to the next level. While the course itself is free, you’ll need to have access to Adobe After Effects, which you can have free for 30 days (trial period).

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3. Investing: Stock Market Investing for Beginners (Udemy) 

The second biggest story hiding behind the shadow of the novel coronavirus is the stock market. It’s experienced the fastest decline in history (even worse than the great depression). It’s also experienced the most rapid increase in history. Overall, it’s incredibly volatile.

One thing is sure when there’s an economic downturn. The stock market always rebounds. That means that despite the market’s overall losses since the coronavirus outbreak, it will rebound. And historically, when it bounces from downturns, it shoots up strong. Now is the best time to learn about the stock market.

Udemy offers a free course called “Stock Market Investing for Beginners” by John Ducas. Over 18,000 students have taken the course that covers 1 hour and 29 minutes of the basics of the stock market.

If you’ve never invested, or want to learn about the basics of how to invest in the stock market, this is a great starting point. The best part is… it’s free.

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4. Ivy League Universities: 500+ Courses

One of the biggest complaints of the millennial generation is the cost of post-secondary education. Student loans are a nightmare for most people wanting to go to university… until now.  

If you’ve ever dreamed of going to an Ivy League University, here’s your chance. You can now take online courses from prestigious universities like Yale, Harvard, and Princeton right from your home. And they’re free. 

You can take over 500 free online courses on everything from law, to business, to poetry, to engineering, to marketing, and more. You can learn just about anything you’ve ever wanted in a university course without paying a cent.

Staycation or Opportunity for Growth

Let’s face it, we’re finally at a point when we can’t use the excuse, ‘I just don’t have time.’

The question is, what will you have accomplished with all your free time on the other side of this quarantine? What skills will you have gained? Will you look back on this time as a setback in your life or a period of growth? 

While you might miss a few episodes, the fact is, Netflix isn’t going anywhere. There’s never been a better opportunity to grow. Take the leap while these online courses are free. You won’t regret it. 


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