New Skills to Learn During Quarantine | Free Courses | 2020


 “ANYONE WHO STOPS LEARNING IS OLD, WHETHER AT TWENTY OR EIGHTY.” —HENRY FORD

Many Governments across the globe are mulling the idea to extend lock-down beyond the pre-decided dates and others would keep the partial restrictions on the movement of citizens and opening of the businesses for some more days, which means people would have limited options for entertainment outside their homes. Although there is a lot of option for entertainment online as the economic conditions are deteriorating and people are much more interested in learning new skills and join academic courses to raise the possibility of getting new jobs and avoid the possibility of getting fired due to lack of additional skills and knowledge. Some people are playing with the idea of owning their own business to get out of the vicious cycle of searching for a job. Many are interested in acquiring skills that could help them in earning extra income by working online for 2-3 hours from home outside their regular working hours.

     There are many options but here you would find the best and most popular websites/apps which provide free tutorials and courses that could prove very valuable for furthering your career. Many websites suggested here also provide a certificate after completion of the course after submitting a nominal fee.

Computer Programming Language: The world of software development and information technology are the most dynamic in the world. Almost every day a new type of programming language or spin-off of the old language comes out in the market. As soon as a new programming language comes into the market its demand started to increase many folds within some months and the companies in the business start demanding the workforce with the knowledge of such languages.

Those who are new in the world of software development and information technology industry can use lockdown period to sharpen their skills by working on the computer programming language they already know and understand the basic features of the programming language they are not familiar with it. Following are the details of websites and YouTube channels which offer lessons on programming languages for free:

Websites: CODECADEMY, FREECODECAMP, COURSERA, EDX, CODEWARS, KHAN ACADEMY, MIT OPENCOURSEWARE, BENTO.IO

YouTube: LEARNCODE.ACADEMY, THENEWBOSTON, DEREK BANAS

Foreign Language: Globalization has created a lot of opportunities for persons who know multiple languages.  Multinational companies and companies dealing with customer services always look for a person with knowledge of the different foreign languages. Learning a foreign language also helps in improving memory, boosts brainpower, enhances multitasking ability, improve decision making and performance in academics. So, while you are spending time at your homes currently, you can acquire basic knowledge of a new language or can brush up your language skills, if you already know one. Check out below the websites, YouTube Channels, Android and Apple apps that offer language courses for free or at a very nominal fee.

Apps for Android and iPhone: Duolingo, Mondly, Memrise, Hellotalk, Busuu, Babbel, Triplingo, Musalingua, Mindsnacks, Beeling, rosetta stones.

YouTube Channels: Easy Languages, Babbel, Sleep Learning, Learn Arabic with Maha, Steve Kaufmann – lingosteve, pod101.com

Websites: Duolingo, FluentU, Rype, Pod101.com

Cooking: Restaurant and Hotel business are definitely going to attract a lot of talent post-COVID19. Although you may not be able to get a degree by doing online courses on cooking, but you would certainly acquire a whole lot of knowledge about the delicious cuisines of the world and its preparation. Moreover, the art of cooking is a tool to impress your friends and acquaintances, who can help you in getting a good job. You can also start your YouTube Cooking Channel or start home delivery kitchen after perfecting yourself in cooking. Check out some of the best YouTube channels, apps and websites.

Apps (Android & iPhone): Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List, SideChef: Step-by-step cooking, NYT Cooking – Recipes from The New York Times, Food Network In the Kitchen, Jamie Oliver’s Recipes, Kitchen Stories. Cookpad and Yummly.

Websites:  Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List, Allrecipes: The Website for All Kinds of Cooks, Serious Eats: Learn the Science of Tasty Cooking, MyFridgeFood: Make a Dish with What You Have, Budget Bytes: For Easy and Cheap Recipes, Salted TV: The Online Culinary School and Skillshare: Inspired Cooking: Creating Dishes from Art

YouTube: Tasty 101, Food Wishes, Basics with Babish, Helen’s Kitchen School, You Suck at Cooking, OnePotChefShow, Struggle Meals.

Art and Craft: If you are the one who is very creative with the homes stuff and very laborious, you can learn craft and art online for free and can start selling products locally. Original Paintings could be sold at good prices locally. It may not be a substitute for your full-time job but it would certainly have the potential to become a good business that can give you additional income regularly. Check out the list for learning the art and craft skills.

Websites: BLUPRINT, Skillshare, Masterclass, creativebug, Creativelive, udemy

Apps for Android and iPhone: Blueprint, Knitting and Crochet Buddy, Pinterest.

YouTube Channels: Innova Crafts, Isa’s World, aPasos Crafts DIY, Interweave Craft, DIY Crafts TV, Srushti Patil and many.

Academic Courses: If you want to do an academic course to increase your knowledge or add a new qualification to your profile or need a higher understanding of the stream/subject you are already working in or any other courses not listed above through a structured module, with a proper syllabus and college/school type instruction with certificates after paying a nominal fee you can check out the Websites below which offers courses in various streams from Arts to Economics, Finance to Management and Computers to marketing from renowned institutions.Courser

  • Coursera
  • Edx
  • Online Learning-Havard.edu
  • Future Learn
  • LearndigitalwithGoogle.com
  • Udemy
  • Skillshare

          In the end, I suggest to you is make full use of the lock-down period by learning new things for a better future because there is an old saying ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’. 

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