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Online Courses For Remote Workers, Digital Nomads & Everyone Else


You’re not alone! We’ve all been there, and now I want to share with you the tools and resources I’ve used to help me land remote-first, location indepedent roles with the Remote Job Seekers’ Toolbox!

The world of work has never been this dynamic. Neither has further education. We’ve come a long way from the traditional “night schools”.

Want to learn a new skill, start a hobby or get that qualification? You don’t even have to leave the house, or spend a tonne of money. There’s an online course out there for everything.

You could of course teach yourself. These online course providers, however, will provide you with a structured learning path and guidance. Some even offer certification. For those in tech and digital marketing, these courses can be invaluable.

Know of any great online course providers that aren’t listed here? Let me know and I’ll add them!

Online Courses – General

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Coursera offers a range of courses in different areas: marketing (digital, B2B, B2C, social media, content), tech, business and more. Many of the courses are run by well-known lecturers from universities around the world. You can do the courses for free and, if you pay, get an officially accredited certification at the end.

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ALISON is similar to Coursera in breadth and scope. You can take courses for free, but you must pay for a certification.  The downside is that their certifications aren’t officially accredited. However, this is still a good sign for employers.

Online Courses – Coding, Programming & Tech

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Codecademy is just that: an academy for coders. Perhaps you just want to learn a bit of HTML or CSS. Maybe you’re a beginner who wants to start JavaScript or PHP. You could be a seasoned developer who wants to continue upskilling. Whatever the case, Codecademy offers a huge range for every skill level.

Online Courses – Digital Marketing

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Google Digital Garage
The Google Digital Garage is a great place to start if you want to learn digital marketing. Their Digital Marketing Fundamentals course provides a broad introduction to the various aspects of online marketing: SEO, SEM, social media, content marketing and analytics.

How Are Online Courses Structured?

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It depends on your provider. Some offer short courses which only take a few hours. Others are designed to last for weeks, culminating in a final exam. What many have in common is flexibility. You can stop or start the courses at any time, fitting them around your schedule.

Types of Online Courses

Online courses come in many shapes and sizes. You can do full degrees, part-time diplomas and certificate programs. For many working people, short courses are best. Often, we need to brush up on old skills or want to acquire new ones.

That means finding a course type that suits us. Depending on what you want to learn, you may even have to pay. Some of the forms online courses take include:

  • Free: Like those offered by Google. They’re not just free, they’re comprehensive and offer official certification.
  • Ebooks: All information condensed in one, to be read at your leisure. With ebooks, you usually have to pay. Thankfully, it’s not usually a lot.
  • Video courses: Recorded lectures where you take notes and are provided sources.
  • Live webinars: Similar to video courses, but obviously not as flexible.

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