7 free courses to progress your career

14 May 2020 / Learning

Whether you are still in lockdown, or venturing into work for the first time in a while, there are still a wide range of free courses available that can help you progress your career or broaden your mind.

So, if you fancy a dose of self-improvement that doesn’t involve putting on a tracksuit, then here’s our pick of the top seven free courses available right now:

1 – Personal branding for career success

The Open University has a wide range of free business courses available through its OpenLearn platform. This free, 24-hour long course will help you enhance your profile at work, and to potential future employers. Go on – have a little “me time”…  Learn more.

2 – Fashion as Design

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has made some of its highly-regarded courses available for free during these pressing times. Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories from around the world, and asks questions about what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means. Learn more.

3. How to be happy

Here’s something to be cheerful about – Yale University has made its most popular course, ‘The Science of Well-Being’ free online. A positive attitude can immeasurably help your career and in this course Professor Laurie Santos reveals some of the misconceptions about happiness, reasons for negative thinking and research-based solutions on how to change. Learn more.

4. Project management

Almost every role involves a level of project management. This free online certification course by the Oxford Home Study Centre covers the basics and then you can decide if you want to spend some money to get properly qualified. Learn more.

5. 1000 women

Goldman Sachs has created a collection of 10 courses which provide a practical business education aimed at ambitious female entrepreneurs. The courses cover a wide range of topics from finance and marketing, to leadership style, funding, and negotiations. One of the best aspects is the opportunity for networking, and the chance to become a member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Alumni Community. Learn more.

6. Working in a remote team

It looks like working remotely is going to be a far larger aspect of our lives moving forward. This course from Future Learn explores how to work effectively and collaboratively with your team, whether you’re at home or on the other side of the world. Learn more.

7. Computer Programming for Everyone

It ‘s extraordinary how many careers today touch on computer programming. While not all of us need, or necessarily want, to become coding geniuses, knowing the basics is sure to be a worthwhile use of your time. This course from The Institute of Coding and Leeds University will help you discover the art of computer programming and learn what code can do. Learn more.