I am not writing this blog post to urge anyone to learn a new skill because it’s the new cool thing to do, nor to feel the pressure to “get out of this quarantine with many acquired skills”.
Please don’t get me wrong, we are all down if not depressed and tormented daily with this uncertainty caused by the corona virus.
Many people have lost their jobs, are worried about how to feed their families and can barely survive this pandemic.
I’m writing this though, to say that whether you decide to add another skill to your CV, or simply take some courses for fun, below you can find 5 ideas to help you get started.
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, Coursera is now giving 100 free courses -and certificates- that you can enroll in this month so you can check the complete list on here. Nevertheless, you are still able to get free courses from Udemy and Skillshare.
Here are 5 ideas that I found to be interesting while browsing the three platforms and other websites:
1) Learn the basics of social media marketing
A super interesting topic and course, where you will learn things like:
Social media benefits and drawbacks
Overview of key social media tools
The business case for RSS, blogging and podcasting.
How to integrate new media into conventional public relations campaigns.
The basics of search engine optimization (SEO).
How to use Twitter to track news and build communities.
and more! Use this link to see the course content and to enroll!
2) Learn how to make fresh pasta the Italian way
I am personally learning how to make pasta because come on, let’s be frank, that’s the way to everyone’s heart, and it’s super easy and fun to do!
You can learn how to make pasta with Nicoletta Grippo, Chef at La Scuola di Eataly on Skillshare who explains it all so easily.
Use this link to watch her videos!
3) Learn how to fix your car
You didn’t see this coming now did you?
This Youtube channel by Scotty Kilmer is the best.
Just browse his playlists and you’ll find it all: auto repair, car advice, quick fixes, car hacks and more details!
Now is probably a good time to mention that I don’t own a car here in Germany, but I’m interested in this and Scotty cracks me up!
4) Learn how to create a website using WordPress
I enrolled in this course even though I already have a WordPress website, mainly because I want to know if there are important subjects that I missed. You only need your computer and an email account to do this!
It is a step by step tutorial for beginners, where you are also able to ask questions and get answers from Martie Dread, the instructor.
All you need to know to start is found here on the Udemy website, and again, it’s free and you even get a certificate by the end of it! 🙂
5) Learn a new language
This should have been my number one suggestion! *rearranges blog*
Alright, you probably all know Duolingo already, but I don’t use it because they never really answer my question of “WHY”.
With Duolingo you are only repeating sentences until they become familiar to the point that you recognize and memorize them.
I use Busuu when I’m trying to learn a new language. There is a subscription so this wouldn’t be free, but I always try to catch the February/March 50% discount to renew my subscription. You didn’t hear it from me. Shhh.
You are also able to use Babbel or Lingoni (also paid subscriptions) but I promise that you will actually learn, not just repeat things like a parrot.
The next steps of learning a new language for me are learning songs for kids, reading kids’ books, watching TV and my favorite series in this new language with english subtitles, and try to speak as much as possible even if it means speaking with myself.
We all do that, don’t deny it.
These have been my 5 suggestions and you are able to share more with us in the comments below. If all else fails, no worries, paint your wall, dye your hair, stare at the wall for 2 hours, daydream, eat, take a walk, and eat again.
You don’t have to do anything, but if you do, I hope you have fun doing it!