The best courses for up-skilling for under $50

January 11, 2017 in Jobs-Shared

Kickstart 2017 by learning something new.

If you’re on a career break and looking to add a new skill, have a bit of spare time up your sleeve, wanting to develop your career further or just looking to be a bit smug at your next dinner party look no further. Here’s a list of some great courses to expand that beautiful mind of yours, and best of all some of them are even free. Here’s where to find them.

General Assembly –

A global company with sites in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne; it began as a co-working space in 2011 and has since grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide.

We recommend:

1. Intro to UX Design – Thursday, 12 January, Brisbane. Cost FREE

2. Building a Storytelling Skillset – Monday, 16 January, Melbourne. Cost $35

3. How to start: 30 Days from idea to decision – Tuesday January 17, Sydney. Cost $35


envato –

Envato was co-founded by the brilliant Cyan Ta’eed who I’d like to be when I grow up. Part of the Envato offering is envatotuts+ which is basically an educational library of over 21,000 free how-to tutorials and literally hundreds of video courses on everything from coding to craft. A way better use of your time than watching re-runs of Suits.

We recommend:

1. 37 Effective PowerPoint Presentation Tips – Online – FREE

2. Working with Clients and getting Paid – Online – $9

3. How to Convince Your Boss to Pay for Your Training (With Scripts and Email Template) – Online – Free



Opening the coursera homepage and you’re greeted with the following statement “We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life by accessing the world’s best learning experience.’ Sold! Sounds awesome. There are 1,600 courses to choose from, not all free, but all taught by top instructors from the best universities. If you want to impress with new skills, check it out.

We recommend:

1. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects (Created by University of California) – Online, free, with paid versions available if you want a certificate.

2. HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers (Created by Johns Hopkins University) – Online, free with paid versions available

3. Buddhism and Modern Psychology (Princeton University)- Online, free.