Sharpen Your Skills During Quarantine with These Online Courses

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If there’s one thing that we keep on hearing from experts and successful people, that is to “never stop learning.” A lot of people become complacent with their lives once they finish school and find a job. They don’t think beyond their current comforts, which could leave them regretting the time they let pass once it’s time to look for another job or when they suddenly lose their job — such as the pandemic we’re in right now.

Being in a quarantine situation, we have more time to spend at home and be productive. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who can do their job at home, then don’t just sit there. Why not look at these online courses to sharpen your skills:

Java Selenium Automation

As the workplace gets more advanced, we will soon wake up to the reality that we won’t be needing manual testing anymore. Everything will be automated, which means that a lot of people’s jobs will be at risk of disappearing. To keep up, you need to adapt.

A good example is learning more about Selenium, an open-source web-based automation framework that validates web applications used in different browsers and platforms. If you think that coding is not for you and that automation seems difficult to study on your own, why not enroll in a test automation school? Find a course where you’ll be able to talk with your mentor through calls so you’ll get in-depth advice and feedback.

Mobile Game Programming

Fortnite, PUBG, Pokemon GO, Clash of Clans, Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies — the list goes on. There are hundreds of game apps available for tablets and smartphones today, and you’ve probably installed one or two (and got addicted to it) to beat the boredom during this quarantine. There’s a lot that goes on with developing games, but it all starts with learning the basics of Java programming.

Find a programming course that can explain thoroughly the building blocks, constructs, and principles behind computer programs. If you have a bit of experience, check which software you’re going to use and what testing environment you’ll need before starting class. Read through the course overview and check if the classes are too basic or advanced for you. You wouldn’t want to under or overwhelm yourself.

Digital Marketing

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Our dependency on the internet can’t be stopped. Need to do research for your homework? There’s Google. Want to cook a dish but don’t know the exact ingredients and recipe? There are hundreds of cooking websites out there that you can visit.

Millions (or even billions) of web pages on the internet are competing to be on the first page of search engine result pages (SERPs). While nobody can exactly tell what strategies work in favor of the ever-changing algorithms, you can study how you can help a website rank higher and boost their engagement. Digital marketing has a wide scope so you have to decide whether the course you’ll take is a basic introduction of all its fields or an in-depth class of a specific field like search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, or pay-per-click (PPC).

Don’t let yourself be a couch potato the entire quarantine. Make the most of your time by enrolling in online courses that would help you become a step ahead of your peers.

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