7 online courses to boost skills during your summer holidays

Looking forward your summer holidays? Going to Mallorca or Ibiza, or maybe sailing in the Mediterranean? Holidays are always about recharging energy, reflecting or maybe reading a book you never had time to read.

Your vacation this year can change your life and here is how: dedicate few hours a week to learn something new by taking one or two online courses and boost your career!


1. Project management

This course from Coursera introduces variety of processes to structure software development. It also covers the foundations of core Agile practices, such as Extreme Programming and Scrum. In this module, you will learn some Agile methodologies that are practiced in the industry today. This course will cover the Scrum and Extreme Programming methodologies. The practices in these methodologies are some of the most popular practices in the industry today. They provide practices that will help to maintain organised and effective development. 

How long to complete: 8 hours

Instructor: Kenny Wang 

2. Visual Presentation

This course by edX part of the Soft Skills Professional Certificate program, is an introduction to key principles, best practices, and ethics of visual communication for professionals who are not designers by trade. You will practice creating visual communication that seeks to educate, inform, persuade, and/or entertain specific target audiences. You will also analyze visual messages appearing in a variety of media and digital platforms.

How long to complete:3 weeks

Instructor: Lori Marra

3. User Experience (UX) Design

Create intuitive digital experiences that solve user problems and meet business demands with the program that global leaders rely on. Dive into fundamentals, including user research, prototyping, personas, affinity mapping, and wireframing.This course by General Assembly is ideal for visual designers transitioning into the UX field, software engineers and product managers who work with UX designers, and entrepreneurs looking to build customer-focused strategies.

How long to complete: 20 hours

Instructor: Joe Anastasio

4. Storytelling

The Complete Storytelling Course at Udemy for Speaking & Presenting. Imagine yourself with the storytelling ability to captivate every audience. You can become a captivating speaker and presenter after you earn the techniques of expert storytelling.

How long to complete: 13.5 hours

Instructor: TJ Walker

5. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI Demystified at Learn-tech will enable non-experts to understand what AI is, and what it can do for you. After this course, you will understand the difference between AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data; what questions you need to be asking to whom; and what skills you and your colleagues will need to develop in order to get in front of the AI wave.

How long to complete: 6 hours

Instructor: Mike Lloyd

6. Podcasting

On this course at Future Learn you will explore exactly what a podcast is and why it’s so powerful for storytelling. You’ll develop your own plan for a podcast, produce a script, and finally investigate different platforms for publishing your brand new podcast.

How long to complete: 2 weeks

Instructor: Siobhan McHugh

7. Web Development and Design

This course at Kadenze provides an introduction to website design and development for artists, providing the tools to create and maintain a unique online identity. In this course, you will learn how to build a custom website for your online artistic presence and portfolio, and how to leverage content management systems to develop and manage your site. You will also learn how to customize your site further with HTML, CSS, and PHP, three building blocks of the modern Web.

How long to complete: 48 hours

Instructor: Spencer Salazar

If you need to recharge, do not to sit back in front of the TV all summer long rather go online, take one of the courses and welcome an upgraded version of yourself! Happy holidays!

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