Learn new skills from trusted professionals with these platforms and courses.
Have you finished everything in your Netflix queue? Are your loved ones sick of testing your new baking creations? Are you looking for more productive ways to fill your free time? With a majority of the population working from home and schools out for the summer, the need for further enrichment and education is ever-present. At BookPal, we strive to be lifelong learners. We’ve compiled a list of resources to keep learning and growing.
Broaden your horizons by learning a new language with Duolingo.
With interactive courses on more than 35 languages for English-speakers to learn, Duolingo is a digital, affordable way to broaden your lingual horizons. Gamification and cute mascot included at no extra cost.
Cost: FREE, just download the app in your local App Store.
Learn from your favorite celebs with MasterClass.
High production value and average net worth of the instructors make MasterClass a must-watch on the self-education scene. From inspired acting with Natalie Portman to fierce leadership with Anna Wintour, this platform has something for everyone and an all-access pass that will keep you learning for months to come.
Cost: $180 for an annual membership.
Keep up with the rapidly evolving workplace with Udemy.
Self-proclaimed as the world's largest selection of courses, Udemy is ideal for developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs at any stage. Learn something new or simply keep sharpening your skills with 150,000 online courses available to choose from.
Cost: Free+ (prices vary); courses purchased individually.
For hobby or hustle, get creative with tips from the pros on Skillshare.
Start a podcast, a YouTube channel, your graphic design career. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.
Cost: 14-day Free Trial; $99 billed annually for the lowest tier subscription.
Actively practice communication and leadership skills with Toastmasters.
Since its inception in 1924, Toastmasters International has become the leading education platform for public speaking and beyond. Now with most chapters (clubs) meeting online, you can master the art of communicating in video meetings and more with a concentrated, set-your-own-pace online curriculum.
Cost: $45 for a semiannual membership; club dues may vary.
Invest in your professional development path with LinkedIn Learning.
With classes compiled into targeted pathways like “Become a Digital Marketing Specialist,” LinkedIn takes career-building to the next level. Start for free, and learn the most in-demand business, tech, and creative skills.
Cost: 1-month Free Trial; $29.99 billed monthly.
Boost your career with courses from authors and experts you know and love.
• Learn how to be a better ally in the workplace, avoid white-centering, and practice anti-racism daily with courses from the Good Ancestor Academy, hosted by Me and White Supremacy author Layla F. Saad.
• Boost your productivity at home and in the office with an annual membership to Maura Nevel Thomas’ Empowered Productivity® Online Training.
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This post was written by Danielle Brown, Ecommerce Specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren.