So, you’ve graduated or are just about to graduate from university: now what? Leaving uni and entering the real world can be an incredibly stressful time. Trying to figure out what to do next is difficult. If you don’t have a job, a gap year or any other activities lined up, you may not know what to do. Luckily, there are a number of online courses that you can do to learn or improve some skills that will help you in the real world. Here are five of the best online courses out there.
In today’s world, digital skills are absolutely necessary. So, what better place to learn some new skills or improve them with Google? The courses available focus on three different areas: Digital Marketing, Career Development and Data. With courses on improving communication skills, programming or how to write a CV, there’s bound to be something of interest. Many of the courses are free and you’ll receive certification after you’ve completed them, giving your CV a little boost.
Coding is a very useful skill to have. With Codecademy, you’re able to get a very solid foundational understanding of coding which can be a transferable skill, no matter what field you’re going into. Plus, most of the content on Codecademy, especially the more basic stuff, is free, meaning that you can get a really good foundational understanding of coding without having to go anywhere or spend a penny. What more could you want?
Learning a language is one of the most important skills you can have. Not only for a job, but also when you’re on holiday or travelling during your gap year. There are many language learning apps out there, but Duolingo is probably the best one out there. It’s free, it has a wide variety of options of languages that you can pick from, and each lesson will take you about 5 minutes to complete, so it won’t take you too much time each day. Little and often. You never know, you could end up using your new language skills to do a master’s in one of these countries.
First Aid Courses:
First aid is a very important skill to have. While you hope you’ll never have to need it, it is quite probable that you will have to use it someday. While these courses at High Speed Training will cost you about £20-25, it will provide you with a solid foundational knowledge, which is accredited and endorsed by authorities and you will also receive a certificate. The longest course is five hours worth of content and it provides you with a very attractive skill to a potential employer and a useful skill to have regardless. What more could you want?
Back to the academic side of things, Open University short courses are a perfect way to develop a new skill or hobby. With courses in the arts, humanities, business, languages and communication, there is a perfect course out there for everyone. While these courses will set you back a bit (I clicked on three random courses – one in the arts section, one in the business section and one in the languages section and they were £95, £305 and £195 respectively), they could end up being very useful in the future.
Of course, there are many more courses available online, including some that will be more relevant depending on what field you’re looking to go into, but these are some of the best online courses out there. The transition from graduating from university to whatever you decide on doing next can be a difficult one, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. These courses may be able to provide the answer, or at least the first step on this next journey in your life. Read on to find out what other skills graduates will need to find a job post-covid.