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7 of the best online learning platforms for job seekers

Published: Friday 23rd October 2020

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It can be tempting, when you’re unemployed, to devote every single waking moment to applying for jobs. But there can be times during your job search where you need to step back and see where you are. Unemployment can be an opportunity. You have time improve your skills. Today, you can do that on some of the best online learning platforms out there.

Here are the 7 best online learning platforms for job seekers


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Udemy is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider aimed at professional adults and students. The platform has millions of users and offers courses in a wide range of subjects. Most people use Udemy as a way to develop their professional skills. Because of this, corporate trainers find the platform very useful for upskilling employees. There are often multiple courses on similar topics making, the learning experience very in-depth. It has become a particularly popular platform on which to learn how to code.


Masterclass takes online learning at home and makes it an immersive experience.

The organization creates video-based courses in popular subject areas taught by widely-known practitioners in the field. Ever wanted to learn novel writing from Margaret Atwood, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, personal branding from RuPaul, or music composition from Hans Zimmer? Of course you have. Now you can.

While these courses are slightly more geared towards creatives and don’t result in accredited certifications, they still offer a stimulating and attractive way to build on your skills.


If you can get past the cat videos, there is a wealth of learning material on YouTube, posted free of charge. While you probably won’t find many in-depth courses on particular subjects, there are millions of videos on how to learn new things and complete certain tasks, no matter what your subject area. Not bad for something that’s totally free!


Skillshare is an online learning platform that’s geared towards teaching and sharing creative and entrepreneurial skills. On this platform, you can find courses on creative writing, film, fine art, music, photography, graphic design, business analytics, management, marketing, and productivity. Well-known practitioners feature in many of the courses, like Guy Kawasaki and Seth Godin.

Some courses are free, but for the best experience, you’ll want to sign up for a paid membership. Most courses are self-directed, while others can be taken in tandem with other students (Workshops) or in larger groups. Skillshare does not offer accreditation for any of its courses, so they probably won’t carry much weight with employers, but they’re still a great way to learn and build on your skill set.


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edX was created by Harvard and MIT. Millions of people use the platform every day to learn and gain skills. They deliver many university-level courses for free. Unlike other platforms, colleges and universities govern edX, and the company was set up as a pure nonprofit. On this platform, you can take any number of self-directed online courses in computer science, languages, data science, engineering, humanities, and more. Some courses will give you credits that can count towards degrees at certain universities, while other courses will give you a certificate upon completion. University professors at many of the world’s leading research institutions deliver these courses. While the majority of the unpaid courses are usually quite basic in nature, who could pass up on learning about Shakespeare’s life and work from a Harvard literature professor or about aeronautics and human spaceflight from the masters at MIT?


Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford professors and is used by more than 40 million people worldwide, making it the largest MOOC platform in the world. They offer a wide range of courses and have partnered with universities like Yale, Stanford, and Princeton to guarantee quality content. Coursera offers many courses free of charge, but you’ll have to pay for the more advanced and professional courses. The company is also expanding its courses to cater to corporate customers. While edX focuses more on courses in the humanities and the natural sciences, Coursera has more of a bent towards professional training, with an emphasis on courses in subjects like computer science and business. The platform offers courses in certain career specializations and online degree programs.

Shaw Academy

Like the other platforms, Shaw Academy offers many online courses in business, technology, music, photography, design, and more. Unlike some of the other platforms, though, Shaw Academy offers accredited courses in many fields at a low price. While this may not be necessary if you’re taking a refresher course on marketing, for instance, there are other courses where achieving an accredited course may allow you to go on to higher level diplomas/degrees.


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