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Continued learning makes for a fulfilling career and an interesting life. You will never know everything and you can never know too much; as Michelangelo famously said at 87, “I am still learning.”

Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills for your current role, seeking to make a career change or simply have a personal passion for a topic, there are many online resources to support your pursuit of knowledge. Not only are these sites easily accessible, from anywhere and at any time, several of them are completely free!

Here is our pick of some of the best sites:

  1. Cousera – Enables you to access courses from some of the world’s best educational institutions. They are free to access and you only pay if you want the official certification. Suitable for most professionals, their topics cover a broad range such as analytics, business foundations and graphic design.
  2. Lynda – Offers a subscription-based service for a range of courses covering business, software, technology and creative skills. If you’re an HR professional or manager, Lynda also provides on-demand training options for a team. Take advantage of their free trial period and discover if it is the platform for you.
  3. Codecademy – If you are brand new to coding, the Codecademy delivers an easy-to-follow and intuitive learning experience. With step-by-step lessons, you can progressively build your skills and practice along the way. The lessons go beyond HTML coding to cover languages such as JavaScript, Ruby and jQuery.
  4. HubSpot – For an impressive library of marketing and sales related training, you can’t miss HubSpot. With a series of videos, slides and online testing, you can become certified for free in a number of areas including inbound marketing, inbound sales and design. Their e-news also offers insightful articles and resources to help you continually hone your skills and broaden your knowledge.
  5. Duolingo – If you’re interested in learning a language, Duolingo is an incredible resource. Training is provided in a staged approach with gamification of lessons making it a fun and effective way to learn. For hiring managers, they also offer English Testing for Business which enables you to verify a potential employee’s skills.


Happy Learning!