Coronavirus pandemic has been changing our lives dramatically. Work, relationships, leisure activities, study are influenced a lot because of people’s self-isolation. But this time can be very transformative in terms of personal growth and self-development. Now we all have more opportunities to gain new skills and improve knowledge than ever before since we don’t waste time in traffic jams, shops and pubs. Thus, we could devote ourselves to learning new things and growing expertise in any field. Everything that is needed for this is a laptop and the desire to learn remotely.

Udemy is one of the best online platforms for learning in the world. If you want to choose from a wide variety of online programs, this website  can be a great option. Udemy offers a big number of high quality courses at a reasonable price. You can find there anything you need, from courses on business development to design and physical exercises. Another advantage of using Udemy for learning during quarantine is that this platform allows to study in your own pace. As it doesn’t have a strict lesson plan, you can create your own flexible schedule and stick to it. Additionally, this platform suggests a great number of free programs during the quarantine, so why not to take advantage of it?

Coursera is another quite popular learning platform that collaborates with top universities all over the globe. Well-known professors from the best world universities share their knowledge on Coursera giving learners an opportunity to get a certificate from top-rated institutions.

Moreover, many great courses are available for free which is a good chance to save money. But still, in case you want to get an official credentials, you need to pay for it.  Another valuable option on this platform is the possibility to get Master’s degree online from a prestigious university. Quarantine time is a great opportunity to complete a master degree you’ve always dreamed about! 

Skillshare is an e-learning platform that seems to cover any subject you could imagine. It has a great number of courses in 4 categories: creative, business, technology and lifestyle. On the contrary to most online education platforms where you have to pay for each course, Skillshare uses a subscription model. You can pay monthly or yearly fee which allows you to benefit from online courses offered on this web resource. Skillshare may help you obtain new skills and gain knowledge in various subjects, but it doesn’t provide learners with official credentials.

Linkedin Learning is commonly used by people actively searching for a job. If you are one of them and activated your Premium subscription on Linkedin, then you probably have access to diverse online courses launched by Linkedin. You can find courses of different levels there, from programs for beginners to comprehensive trainings for professionals. Moreover, Linkedin Learning allows you to add certifications to your profile on Linkedin which can show your expertise to potential employers. Quarantine time can give you a great opportunity to improve your resume and get a job you’ve wanted. 

FutureLearn is a learning platform based in the UK. It provides numerous courses on different subjects like Law, IT, History, Language, Business and Psychology from leading universities. Using this platform is completely free, while getting a certificate is possible at a small fee. Additionally, you will get an access to course materials that you can download and use any time you need. Moreover, this platform gives an opportunity to discuss things you’re learning with others and deepen your knowledge through the conversations. So upgrading your skills at FutureLearn is a great way to spend quarantine time and save your money.

COVID19 is a chance for growth

COVID19 gives us another chance to adapt and never stop learning. Digital age provides us with numerous opportunities to grow, develop and thrive even in the times of pandemic. Use this time wisely and take this opportunity to gain new skills and boost job prospects from the comfort of your home!

Anton Kurapov

Anton Kurapov

PhD, a professor assistant at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Fascinated by the role of psychology in lives of people and simply astonished by the complexity of the brain and its functions.

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