Learn These 5 Skills for Free
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – Wiliam Butler Yeats
Learning a new skill is exciting. Not only does it improve your resume and open doors to more professional opportunities, a lot of times, a skill can translate into a new hobby!
But life gets busy. Between work, family and other obligations, it can feel like there are just not enough hours in the day. Especially not enough time to learn an entirely new skill.
If you ever catch yourself thinking, “wow, I wish I could do that” and then listing off all of the reasons you can’t, think again. There are a number of online resources that can help you learn virtually anything at your own pace! Oh, and did we mention that many of them are free?
Have you ever wanted to learn one of these 5 skills? Now you can!
1) Learn how to design a website
We live in a digital age. Technical skills and experience with programming are becoming more valuable than ever before. The good news? You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to learn the basics! Alison is an online resource that uses tutorials to walk you through the basics of web design. With some time, you should be able to design a fully operational website – practically from scratch! If you don’t have the time to learn how to code an entire website, WordPress offers a simple (and free) website platform with a step by step tutorial to get you started.
2) Brush up on your math skills
If it has been a while since your last math class, chances are you could use a little refresher. Even if your current job does not require a lot of math, understanding percentages and fractions can have very practical applications in your everyday life. We mentioned Alison for learning web design already, but the site also has a number of free tutorials hosted by math whizzes who’d love to share their knowledge with you.
3) Learn a foreign language
Parlez-vous français? Hablas español? If not, consider learning French, Spanish or another language that interests you! In the globally-connected world we live in, many employers believe that job candidates who can speak more than one language are more desirable than candidates who don’t. If you have a smartphone, consider downloading Duolingo, a popular app for learning a new language. With Duolingo, you can choose from 16 different languages, starting with the basics and advancing to more difficult concepts. With a little time and practice, you will be able to have full conversations in a new language! Don’t want to commit to learning a whole language? The BBC’s website has resources tailored for learning key phrases and expressions that will help you interact with others while traveling.
4) Master Photoshop
Is photography a passion of yours? If so, you can learn to edit your pictures like the pros! Photoshop is a software that allows you to edit and add effects to images, and with a little practice, your photos can rival those found in magazines. For beginners, Adobe has a number of free tutorials for learning the basics of Photoshop, the only catch is you have to have access to the Photoshop software. If you already know how to use the basic tools and want to experiment with special effects, DesignStacks has step-by-step tutorials for mastering some pretty cool designs.
5) Learn how to play a musical instrument
Playing a musical instrument is proven to reduce stress in both your personal and work life. While professional lessons can be expensive and time-consuming, if you have the patience, you can teach yourself using free online resources! Both GuitarTricks and ChordBook are recommended by guitar enthusiasts as great places to learn basic and advanced guitar chords. If the guitar isn’t your style, maybe you’d rather learn general music theory that can be used to play a variety of different instruments, Teoria and eMusicTheory have a number of free resources for you.
It’s never too late to discover new passions and learn new things! If there is something you’ve always wanted to learn and it’s not on this list, chances are free resources are available to you on the internet. So no excuses – learn something new today! Check out these sites for more free courses: FutureLearn, Spreeder, SkillShare, Lynda.com
Let us know what skill you want to learn next in the comments below!