The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the temporary shutdown of many industries. Amid this crisis, some people have lost their jobs or are given a layoff. Also, a few of them are working from home with salary cut-offs. Thus, we need to get up and bring in the positivity to tackle this situation. How? Online courses!
If you are a fresher, a freelancer, an entrepreneur starting your new business, or even a working professional with an excellent experience, I can say without a doubt that you will never have a better time to up-skill yourself. You might ask why. This is why; A break from work and home-stay has set a perfect stage for you to build on your skills and give a makeover to your career or get closer to your big venture. But the good news is, improving your skills doesn’t have to mean going back to school. There are lots of online courses that can help you hone your design talents, offered by universities, industry experts, and online course hubs like Udemy and Coursera.
At DesignKiki, we have pledged to make the lockdown as resourceful and rewarding as possible for you. To justify the same, I have assembled a list of the top 8 online courses you can take up while quarantining. While making this list, I made sure that the classes I’ve incorporated in it meet industry standards, have the best reviews, and the most extensive viewership. Another critical factor was the experience and expertise of the trainers and mentors that teach these courses.
All things assured, I hope that you and your near and dear ones are safe and at home. Do let us know which courses you thought are helpful.
This course cuts to the first position because unlike all the other online courses on this list, ImaginXP conducts live classes in small batches because they believe in interaction as the best form of learning. If you are in touch with the current developments in the design and tech industry, you must already know that UX is the next big thing, which is what makes this course a perfect upgrade. With industry experts as mentors and the content as crisp as it gets, this course does not live up to industry standards but makes them. By the time you are through with this online course, you will have the following skills under your belt-
-ImaginXP patented 6D Process
– Software- Axure, Invision, Adobe XD & Sketch Tool Practice.
One look at the curriculum, and you will know why this is a premium design program worthy of your investment and time. Before I forget about the cherry on top, they also provide placement assistance. Did I tempt you?
2. Search Engine Optimization Specialization
by University of California
The term SEO is so widely used these days that I wouldn’t be a surprise if a child could understand it. While most employers these days expect you to know the basics of SEO, trust me when I say it, basic is not what you want to be. That is why this course made it to the list. This Specialization will teach you to optimize website content for the best possible search engine ranking. You’ll learn the theory behind Google search and other search engine algorithms. You’ll also build practical, real-world skills that you can apply to a career in digital marketing or online content development, including on-page and off-page optimization, optimizing for local and international audiences, conducting search-focused website audits, and aligning SEO with overall business strategies. Each class is intended to build on the skills from the previous session; thus, I’ll recommend you take the courses in the order they are listed. The Specialization culminates in a hands-on Capstone Project, in which you will apply your skills to a comprehensive SEO consulting task.
3. Design and Make Infographics
by Michigan State University, Coursera
As I was researching the latest graphic trends, infographics came up again and again. Although they seem to be as easy as things can get, I learned that creating interactive and catchy infographics is not a child’s play. This project-based course is aimed at anyone interested in understanding, designing, and using infographics – from students and hobbyists to professional graphic designers. In this project-centered course, you will create a content-rich infographic on a topic of your choice using Adobe Illustrator. You might choose to create a visual representation of data from the world of sports, entertainment, politics, or science, to explain a business trend or environmental issue, or even to present a theme or development from your personal life. Your finished infographic will engage your target audience and convey information clearly through the effective use of design elements such as typography, color, and structure.
Whether you are a graphic designer, a writer or the intern in the department you’ll learn:
• what an infographic is and what makes a good one
• how to work within your limits
• how to work with a team (if you have one)
• why infographics are effective
• techniques for spotting data in stories
• six valuable steps for planning a compelling infographic
• how to use and make some of the building blocks of infographics: maps, charts, and flow charts
• ways data can be visualized to clarify it and give it meaning
• how to effectively design an excellent infographic by effectively using elements like type, color, and an underlying grid structure
• some free or cheap, online tools for making various kinds of infographics
4. Social Media Marketing Mastery
Social media is quickly becoming one of the most critical aspects of digital marketing, which provides incredible benefits that help reach millions of customers worldwide. And if you are not applying this valuable source, you are missing out on an incredible marketing opportunity, as it makes it easy to spread the word about your product and mission. If you want to be successful with Social Media Marketing, you will love this Udemy course! You will learn the principles and strategies that work for us and that have been used to build highly converting ads for over 500+ businesses and clients successfully. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, any marketing via social media, they have you covered with this top-rated course.
If you are wondering whether you’ll be the right fit for this online course, take a look at who this can benefit-
- Anyone looking to mastering the most highly targeted and cheapest advertising strategies online!
- New or advanced marketers looking to learn how to create ads on all the social media networks!
- Business Owners
- Influencers, bloggers, celebs, public figures
- Social Media Marketing Employees
I can assure you that by the end of this class, you will be able to optimize your ads for increased conversions and engagement while decreasing costs and PPC/CPM/CPL/CPA. You will also be able to create and make use of every type of SMM ad and social media platforms online marketing strategy used by top social media marketers. You will be able to grow your page likes, account following, and post engagement. You will be able to find new customers that will drive your brand and income to new heights, all via social marketing!
5. Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour
The course aims to change the conception of brands as being an organization’s visual identity, e.g., logo and customers’ brand associations to “moments-that-matter” along the customer journey and, therefore, delivered by people across the entire organization. The course proposes that brands are thus not only an external promise to customers but a means of executing business strategy via brand-led behavior and culture change.
By the end of this course, you will have learned the following skills:
1. How to build brands from a broad organizational perspective
2. How to lead brand-led culture change with human resource practices at the core
3. How to build brands in multi-brand companies, across cultures and geographies
4. How to measure brand health in new ways.
Thus, you are sure to gain a deeper understanding of the evolving practice of brand management, one that goes further than practiced in most organizations today and be motivated to engage in delivering your brands – regardless of where you are in your organization, thereby creating superior value for customers and your organization.
6. Brand Identity Design: How to Design Brands People Care About
Before I tell you more about the course, here’s something that you should know- Skillshare is an online platform that hosts classes and courses by thousands of instructors and is accessible for free for up to two months after signing up. While branding is an elaborate and extensive subject, You can learn how to create meaningful brands in just 45-minutes from Skillshare. The class begins with crucial insights on what makes a brand unforgettable, followed by best practices to develop a strategy and start building a visual identity from the ground up. Core skills introduced in this course include laying, designing, telling, and crafting. Here’s the exciting part; you will also be tasked with creating your beverage brand. The class is taught by Alex Center, an experienced graphic designer that spearheaded the strategy and design vision for major Coca-Cola brands, including POWERADE and Smartwater. He is also the founder of CENTER, a design and branding firm. The best part is, it is available for free.
Many of us have been in a carrier for many years, while some of us are just getting started, but today, almost all of us are at home, some remote working and others without work. We have to make peace with the fact that these are tough times, but more than that, we need to remind ourselves that tough times do not last, tough people do. To keep the cash coming your way, the best we can do is to be flexible instead of waiting for the situation to get back to normal. Compliance does not mean accepting any work. You need to focus on your likes, natural talent, and more to build on these talents and find a suitable job to move on.