We do it every year: In January, we tell ourselves we’re going to crush it in our careers. And then February, and March, and April come around, and we find ourselves no better, smarter, or more successful than last year.
Well, what if that could change? What if we actually accomplished what we said we’d do?
You can laugh (I see you, don’t lie), but I know for a fact that picking up new and exciting skills is a lot easier and faster than it seems—all you have to do is sign up for an online course. No paperwork, no huge time commitment, no shuttling yourself to various locations in the hopes of boosting your resume.
So, I’ve compiled some of my favorite courses and resources for just about any resolution-breaker. Let’s start this year off right, shall we?
Never coded before, but interested in exploring it? Picking up HTML and CSS is a great place to start—with these two languages, you can build a website from scratch!
Length: 3 and 11 hours
2. If You Want to Become a Better Writer: Make Your Writing Stand Out in 8 Easy Steps by Udemy
Learn the fundamentals of being an engaging, persuasive, and professional writer—no matter what you’re writing—from a true writing expert. Plus, you can finish this short class easily in a day.
Length: 2 hours, 6 minutes/ 23 lectures
3. If You Want to Pick Up a New Language: Duolingo
Want a fun and easy way to teach yourself Spanish, French, Chinese, and more? Duolingo is the perfect app to take your learning on-the-go, so you can become fluent in no time, with little restriction.
4. If You Want to Actually Understand How to Use Excel: Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016 for Absolute Beginners by Udemy
2018 just might be your year for being a (real) Microsoft Excel expert—rather than someone who just puts it on their resume. It may help you get better at your job, take on new assignments, or even just stay organized—you won’t know until you try!
Length: 3 hours, 14 minutes/ 29 lectures
5. If You Want to Master the Art of Selling: Effective Communication and Sales Techniques by Alison
Ready to hit your goals every quarter this year? It might be worth brushing up on some killer sales techniques (don’t worry, this class won’t take you long).
Length: 2-3 hours
6. If You Want to Craft a Killer Personal Brand: Personal Branding Essentials: Making the Most of Squarespace by Skillshare
You’ve heard about it, and now you’ve decided to make one: your very own personal website. This tutorial will not only help you create one that’s visually stunning and optimal for the kind of brand you want to portray, but it will also help you maintain your presence and get the most out of your site.
Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes/ 15 videos
7. If You Want to Be a Stronger Public Speaker: Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking by Udemy
Whether you’re giving presentations to five people or 55 people this year, get over your fears and nail the speech after taking this quick course.
Length: 37 minutes/ 8 lectures
8. If You Want to Get Really Good at Data: Understanding Data Analysis and Reports in Google Analytics by Alison
This course will walk you through Google Analytics, a free resource for collecting and analyzing data. Armed with this new skill, you’ll be able to spot trends in your company’s work, track campaigns, understand data best practices, and ultimately make informative decisions for your business.
Length: 1-2 hours
9. If You Want to Nail Down Your Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving by edX
Succeeding in the working world all comes down to soft skills. No matter what field you’re in, knowing how to think big and think smart will get you far. This course, full of tangible techniques for drawing connections and solving problems, is worth giving a browse.
Length: 3 weeks, 6-8 hours a week
10. If You Want to Branch Out a Bit Creatively: Photoshop Fundamentals in One Hour by Skillshare
Sure, you can’t become a professional artist or designer tomorrow, but you can start to gather the basics. This beginner class will walk you through Photoshop so that you can launch from there into a variety of creative tracks.
Length: 38 minutes/ 6 videos
Aching to pick up even more skills? We offer classes right here on The Muse for all kinds of professionals (especially the learning kind).
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author