As a lot of us find ourselves being at home full time where we would have previously been commuting or working, we now have a little more time on our hands. Some people choose to use this time to catch up on Netflix series (Tiger King!), some choose to use their time to practise being a little more creative and we have seen others take the time to be more mindful and practise meditation. All of these are great ways to use your time, and in this time of uncertainty it is important that you do what feels best for you.

We have heard of a few people utilising some of their newfound free time to complete some online training so we thought we would give our thoughts on some of the best free online courses out there at the moment:

HubSpot Academy is a great online tool with a huge number of free courses available to everyone.  A lot of their courses focus on Digital Marketing, Lead Generation and Social Media since these are HubSpot’s areas of expertise but there is a huge variety to choose from. All of these courses are free and have a certification exam at the end so you can test your knowledge and add a new certification to your LinkedIn profile.

Google Digital Garage has a massive number of course available on a variety of different subjects like the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course where  you can get certified for free and many others such as Understand the Basics of Code and Understand the Basics of Machine Learning. You can also use Google Digital Garage to find courses offered by other providers such as Coursera and FutureLearn. 

Skillshare offer some brilliant courses in the realms of Animation, Design and Illustration. If you are hoping to develop your creative side in a way that can also benefit you at work this is a great place to look! Skillshare offer a 2-month free trial period, perfect to gain some new knowledge while we are cooped up at home!

If you manage the Social Media accounts for your business these courses may be very beneficial for you to take a look at! You can use the knowledge you gain from these courses to improve your Facebook and Instagram ads and also grow your business on the platforms.

Quantic offers a full online free MBA programme and have been recently certified by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), following a comprehensive review of its quality curricula and operational practices. Since their MBA programme is free, they can be quite selective on who is admitted but if you get in then you have an opportunity to gain an MBA in your free time from anywhere that suits you!

If you are more interested in learning about Irish history and culture, then Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin have some excellent short courses available to everyone.

We hope you find these suggestions helpful, please feel free to get in touch with us on email if you have any questions or suggestions for other sites that could be added to our list!

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