CV Boost! Top 3 Online Courses

The world we live in today is most definitely a digital one. Instead of people checking their watch for the time, they will check their smartphones. We have coffee shops with free internet as standard. We have virtually all of the world's art and knowledge at our fingertips whenever and wherever. It should make sense then that in order to be our best selves we should take advantage of this technology to 'wow' potential employers. There are many ways to do this. Some of them have already been covered in past CV Boost editions. In this article, I will be focussing on how to utilise the myriad of online courses available to broaden your skillset and breath fresh life into your CV. So let's get into it!

1. EdX & Coursera

EdX and Coursera are examples of 'online universities'. What they offer is courses prepared and curated by prestigious universities around the globe. The topics are wide and varied, you can learn everything from mathematics to social sciences. Accounts are completely free and once signed up you can check out any of the courses on offer. In order to officially enrol on a given course and get a certification at the end of it, both services do charge a fee: £38 for Coursera and £40 for EdX. However, you can gain full access to the course materials for free. This makes these courses of infinite value for those interested in learning practical skills like graphic design or programming as a supplement to their current CV, since you can build up a striking portfolio using what you've learned in lieu of a qualification.

2. DuoLingo

DuoLingo. You've probably heard of it, you may have a friend who uses it. For the unacquainted, it is a language learning website. This is in contrast to most language learning software, which is often very expensive. It's a light, fun interface makes the task of learning a language not seem daunting and as soon as you start a language course it asks you to formalise your commitment by selecting a difficulty: 'Casual', 'Regular', 'Serious' or 'Insane', which require five, ten, fifteen and twenty minutes of study per day respectively. What makes DuoLingo especially great is that it isn't just a stale language course with static content; the way that DuoLingo pays its bills is by translating things for various clients. Guess who gets the pleasure of doing all of the translation work? That's right, you guys. This entire dynamic means that you can learn languages in a real-life context for absolutely nothing. Brill.

3. Khan Academy

Finally, we have Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a free learning resource that has a wide range of courses delivered in the form of YouTube lectures. Like EdX and Coursera, the range of courses that Khan Academy provide is large and varied, you can learn about how antibiotics work all the way up to cosmology. You don't have to formally enrol on any courses, all you have to do is pick what you want to learn and watch some YouTube videos on it. You can use it as a great companion to your university course and give yourself that extra boost that you need in order to hit those top grades. However, with offerings such as the lecture series on programming, you can easily utilise this service to teach yourself some serious standalone skills that will put you head and shoulders above the rest.

These services are great, but they really are the tip of the iceberg. You can find many more quality learning tools besides these with just a quick internet search. The internet is like a swiss army knife of knowledge. Whatever skill you need for a job, whatever niche topic you need to learn about to give you an edge, you have the tools to acquire whatever knowledge you need right at your fingertips.