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Creative ways to up-skill

Given the current circumstances with Covid-19, you may be faced with reduced working hours or stuck at home in isolation. Using this spare time could be a career-defining opportunity to upskill. You may also just want something to focus on other than work for a break during the day.

When you are asked interview questions you’ll be able to demonstrate initiative and stand out from the crowd with your proactive approach. Invest in yourself, learn a new skill, master a craft, nurture your intellect. 

Where to start… A Google search, a YouTube video or perhaps a Reddit thread - you name it, the internet has plenty of resources and inspiration. Whichever you choose there will no doubt be a tutorial or how-to guide.

We’ve compiled a list of some great online resources to get you thinking…. 

It’s been around for a while but the novelty of completing a daily challenge doesn’t diminish. With over 90 languages to choose from Duolingo provides a fun environment to help you learn a new language. Download it from the App Store and you’ll be fluent in no time. ¿bueno?
Why Duolingo: speaking another language will help your CV to the top of the pile. The more languages you speak? The more people you can communicate with and help!

Google Digital Garage:
With the world heading online keeping up with the times is essential. Google offers a range of courses from introductory to advance on all things digital and general career development. An intro into initiating projects and planning, how to improve your online business security, or maybe you’ve always been interested in social psychology? Some of the courses will even give you a google certification which is a great addition to your CV.
Why Google Digital Garage: develop skills that are transferable across many channels. 

TED Talks:
A vast range of thought-provoking content personalised just for you? At an average length of 18 minutes, why not break up your day with a talk on something that throws a curveball at your regular thought process. Curate your own list or see here for the twenty best ones to get you started.
Why Ted Talks: hear from health industry leaders, you can spend hours surfing inspirational Ted Talks on any topic that interests you.

LinkedIn Learning:
With thousands of courses, LinkedIn Learning is a great place to start, search for courses such as: software, skills, specialist subjects or personal development. Maybe you want to start building a career path into team management? Perhaps a crash course on Microsoft office to help your excel skills? The first month is free, so have a browse, build a curriculum and get started today. 
Why LinkedIn Learning: with courses on topics like implementing online booking systems the value you could add to your workplace is endless.