Sunday 21 July, 2019

The Digital Age with Keron McLeish: The top sites to learn new skills

The workplace and entrepreneur landscape is changing everyday. Here are the top online e-learning sites to begin learning skills to enter the workforce or begin your own business.

Photo:Devon Scott

The workplace and entrepreneur landscape is changing everyday. Here are the top online e-learning sites to begin learning skills to enter the workforce or begin your own business. Photo:Devon Scott

E-Learning has exploded and become one of the most important industries in the world. We know that formal institutions are dropping the ball in key areas, most importantly when it comes to the speed of our changing markets and not being able to keep up.

Secondly, the costs continue to rise and the increase in student debt is something many people are opting not to put themselves through. We have also seen some of the biggest companies in the world like Apple, IBM, Google, EY, Hilton, Publix, just to name a few, remove the University degree requirement to be employed by them.

The e-Learning industry is set to balloon to a $243 billion industry by 2022. With so many ways to now acquire skills and more industry professionals building online schools to teach, learning the skills needed to enter a wide variety of industries has never been more accessible.

The industry is also seeing more employers adopt e-learning into their operations and seeing added benefits like higher engagement in training, greater employee retention, more data and analytics to track the progress of employees and make better business decisions, and increased productivity.

If you are looking to upgrade your skills and become more attractive to the new working landscape or you want to develop the skills needed to start building your own businesses, here are the top websites to go and start learning (in no particular order):

  • Skillshare
  • Alison
  • Udemy
  • Coursera
  • EDX
  • Lynda
  • General A
  • Udacity
  • Learnsmart
  • Code Academy
  • Pluralsight
  • Adobe Learn
  • Future Learn
  • Academic Earth
  • Khan Academy

So many of these courses from these platforms are not only certified by regulating bodies but are also free though they typically charge for the certification exams.

Still, I would recommend doing the courses to gain the skills because most of them you can begin putting into practice to gain real-world experience and when you get the money, you can pay for the certification exams.

Here in the Caribbean, with some households not being able to afford school but they have a cell phone and access to a data plan or WIFI either at home or another location, this is a great way to start upgrading

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