10 best online courses for upskilling

The word ‘skill’ traces its origin back to the old Norse word ‘skil’, which means ‘knowledge’. Therefore, Skill is the knowledge or expertise that an individual has or acquires in a particular subject or field. If you have a specific skill, you automatically stay ahead of others in that your chances of landing a job by showcasing your unique skills are 99.5% secure. With new inventions being made in science and technology, the world economy has become more interconnected today, and that has opened up new opportunities for those who are willing to take it.

Take, for instance, the case of Rimli. She was the kind of girl, who liked feeling the wind in her hair. She dreamt of traveling the world, camping out high up on the Andes or watching the pelicans take a flight somewhere over the deep blue waters of an eastern shore. You could safely say she was a small-town girl with big dreams and a burning desire to fly.

With not much to go by, in terms of backup support and resources, she fell back on her skill of handling numbers. Maths was a subject she excelled at and one that piqued her interest. Thinking hard, she finally took a decision that changed her life; she enrolled for a course in Digital Literacy completing it in three months. Soon, she was working as an intern for a big retail chain in India. One year down the line, she earned her first promotion for her exceptionally good work, and six months later, she went on her first trekking trip to Sandakphu. From what we hear, apart from her regular job, she is now, also freelancing on the side, earning six figures and going places like she always wanted to. As we said, a skill well-honed through training and mentoring can help you change your life. So, if you have a skill, make sure, you upskill.

A win-win - upskilling along the way

What is upskilling?

In short, Upskilling is basically adding a new skill to your existing skillset.

And need we stress the importance and need for upskilling? When you add a new skill to your CV you naturally add a new feather to your cap.

Previously, it may have been time-consuming and hectic to go all the way to a training institute to learn a skill or pursue a course but now with access to a personal computer and the Internet, online learning has become an easy way for students, homemakers, and professionals alike to upskill and prepare themselves for a job or for their own business.

Be in demand - embrace online learning

As of 2019, the following skills are in great demand and pursuing an online course that would develop these skills would go a long way in launching your career:

Creative Writing/Copywriting/Content Writing: From the epics to folklore and legends, humans love a good story. The power of storytelling is now harnessed by brands all over the world. Journalists and writers have been impacting the world through their narratives. Marketing firms employ copywriters, who leverage their writing skills to promote or sell a product. Every day, a huge amount of content is uploaded on the internet serving a variety of end goals. Writing is a skill that can be learnt and there are many courses available. Become a sought-after professional writer, and of course, you could always write your own book to sell millions of copies worldwide as many other writers have done.

Graphic Design: If you have an artist in you who loves working with fonts, colors and patterns, a course in Photoshop, Corel Draw and advanced graphic design would be just right for you to hone and grow your skills in this field. Advertising firms require designers with these skills and an interest in drawing, painting and sketching combined with knowledge of graphic design can take you further up this career ladder.

Social Media Marketing: Whether to grow your own business online or to make your presence felt as a freelancer or land a plush job as a social media marketer, a course in social media can take you places. Salaries of Social Media marketers are also quite high compared to other jobs and this is one of the most in-demand job roles in the market; so this course is certainly a good choice if you love spending time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram communicating and interacting with people, all the while marketing your own brands or working for others.

Data Analysis: Before the 1940s and the 1950s it was unimaginable to analyze large sets of data but thanks to the discovery of artificial intelligence you can learn to analyze huge volumes of data computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations. Big organizations are continually in need of such data analysts and here is where you’ll fit in, if you pursue an online course in Data Analysis. The rewards are many with a shining career ahead. So if data looks interesting to you start searching for these online courses today.

king, it works for you to solve a complex problem? Do you love deep diving into tough algorithms only to unravel them within the hour making money in the process? Then programming courses might be exactly what you need to go one step closer to your dream job of becoming a software programmer with a nice take-home pay and plenty of perks. And if you’re lucky, you can work from anywhere in the world - interesting, isn’t it?

Foreign Languages: While in Rome, speak as the Romans speak. No longer is it necessary to attend regular classes at a university department or a foreign language institute to learn Italian. You may well learn it to an advanced level sitting cozy in the comfort of your home; only to land a cozier job as an interpreter or a translator earning a lot more than what you had expected. Foreign languages always earn you brownie points on your CV and are skills that are always in demand. And if you ever land in Italy, France or Spain or in Japan for that matter, you’ll be happy in the knowledge that you’re capable of speaking and writing the language just like a native.

Photography: A picture tells a thousand words and if your picture can impress media houses, newspaper offices and ad agencies then nothing like it. Professional photographers are required for photoshoots, feature articles, Instagram content, event coverage, wildlife photography. The list is endless. This is one hobby that if you’re passionate about can be turned into your full-time professional career.

Film Making/shorts: Lights. Camera. Action. Do these three words get you all excited; and jumping in joy? Do you dream of joining the ranks of filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen? Then there is no better time than now to join one of the several film-making courses that are available online. From short films and feature films to wide-angle shots and a sepia tone, you’ll see the world of filmmaking open up right before your eyes.

Online MBA: If you’re already a working professional looking for a course that will help you earn a promotion you might consider enrolling for an online MBA program, which is similar in syllabus and approach to full-time residential programs but has the added advantage of flexible timings so you can learn in your own time and schedule.

Public Speaking: Whether you’re an interviewee or already an employee public speaking skills if learnt well can transform you into a more confident speaker, presenter and achiever. In fact, employers and clients are often impressed by the way a person speaks. In that respect, learning public speaking can certainly be worth your time and effort. Enroll for a course today.

While you can take free online courses, these courses might cover all the basics or advance learnings but they will not provide you enough opportunity to practice or actually utilize them in a real job. Also, a free course capture less mindshare and dedication of students specifically Indians so try to opt for a paid one. if you still wondering which course you choose don't worry we got you cover, Our Learn to Earn program gives you the option to learn fundamentals and utilize them in real projects with a high chance of earning back the money you pay. Also, a personalized educational counselor will be assigned to you for continued growth and making better decisions. To know more, connect us and just ask your Sarathi.

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