The coronavirus pandemic has brought the global economy to a grinding halt. A few days ago, Kristalina Georgieva, the chief of the International Monetary Fund announced the grim news that recession had already dawned on the global economy and that it would be worse than the global financial crisis in 2009. It goes without saying that the job market would be dealt a severe blow.
As countries across the world impose lockdowns to grapple with the rising number of infections and fatalities, businesses will be forced to embrace new policies to keep running the show. Job seekers armed with the latest skills will find it easier to stay ahead of the curve.
Learning new skills and upgrading yourself will help you in the long run and you can do that during this extended stay-at-home period by signing up for an online course. There are many online learning platforms that are offering an array of free courses. Here are a few of them.
e-Skill India, National Skill Development Corporation
eSkillIndia is an e-learning portal that offers aggregated content under various categories. The portal offers a plethora of courses ranging from basic employability e-courses for enhancing communication skills, digital and financial literacy to industry-specific such as retail, agriculture, beauty, apparel, gem and jewellery, automotive, IT-ITES. You can choose from an expansive catalogue of 400 free and paid courses in more than 10 languages. The courses have been curated by consolidating content from leading e-learning providers such as Salesforce, SAS, TCS, BetterU, Wadhwani Foundation, ID Mentors etc. You will be awarded an e-certificate by the respective knowledge partners on successful completion of the course.
Skillshare is an online learning community that offers creative courses like illustration, photography, design, video-making, creative writing, web development, animation and the likes. Although the classes are not accredited, they are taught by industry leaders and provide a hands-on learning experience. There are thousands of free classes and each class comes with a project so that you can practice what you learn. You can also interact with industry leaders and currently the platform is offering two months of free-access to its premium content.
The portal provides online training and certification courses in cyber security, cloud computing, digital marketing, project management, data science to name a few. The courses are a mix of online classes, project-work, instructor-led live virtual classrooms and 24/7 teaching assistance. Currently, Simplilearn is offering thirteen of its foundational courses related to AI, data science, and big data analytics on its Android app free of cost.
edX is a global non-profit and one of the biggest providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs). edX has partnered with more than a hundred institutions including University of California, Berkeley, Boston University and Columbia University. The free courses are available in multiple languages. However, getting a certificate will cost you and it depends on the course you have picked. edX courses range from those in data analysis and statistics to economics and finance, to history, humanities, and philosophy.
Coursera has around 1900 free courses through which you can access video lectures, join virtual community discussion and get your assignments reviewed by peers. Most courses take about 4-6 weeks and should you wish to earn a certification, you will have to pay the full course fee. Coursera has 207 partners from 51 countries and there are courses on a wide variety of subjects ranging from psychology, data science to English language.
(Edited by Athira Nair)