In addition to the qualification you graduate with, there are lots of other things you can do to boost your employability and make you a more well-rounded person. Soft skills such as time management, critical thinking, leadership and public speaking will set you apart from the pack once you finish your studies.
Depending on your industry, there are programs you may be expected to be savvy in that you may not have the opportunity to master at uni — think Google Ads, Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel or Tableau.
Here are four websites that run a vast range of online courses in all subjects.
edX is a global non-profit founded by Harvard and MIT and continues to be governed by universities. Get a professional certificate in strategic management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, brush up on your grammar with The University of Queensland, or do a MicroMasters in digital product management with Boston University.
If you can think of a topic, Udemy probably has a course for it. With over 100,000 courses to choose from run by industry experts, you’re bound to find a course (or ten) that interests you. Once you buy a course, you have lifetime access so you can study at your own pace. Study the fundamentals of psychology, Python or app development. You can even find some really niche subjects like Rubik’s cube , tarot reading or drone photography.
Coursera combines the courses and degrees from American universities such as Stanford, Duke and Michigan. They have hundreds of free courses with on-demand video lectures, homework exercises and forums. Their paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects and you’ll receive a course certificate upon completion. Learn a language, take your negotiation skills up a notch or get a kick-start in a career in data science or take a course in business writing.
The home of online career networking also provides a vast range of courses in the categories of Business, Creative and Technology. Learn InDesign, take a course in those tricky aspects of customer service or fine-tune those WordPress skills. As you transition from studying into the workplace, you’ll need to be across emailing, effective communication and teamwork — so what better time to learn than now?