Upskilling from home – Career development resources

Upskilling from home – Career development resources

We all know that today regular upskilling is the new normal for workers hoping to stay relevant and employable throughout their career.

Career development and upskilling requires consistent effort, and when you work remotely there are certain things that you should keep in mind.

You shouldn’t feel the need to jump into a rigorous study programme if you’re not changing careers entirely. Rather, it can prove more beneficial to pick a single skill to learn at a time. Once you have finished your first course, or series of exercises, you’ll be better able to gauge what you can personally take on, making it easier for you to select the appropriate learning method the next time around.

In order to keep your skills competitive, we recommend you find a schedule that works well for you and keep a record of new areas to address going forward. In doing this, you will develop a career-long habit that will ensure you remain valuable to your existing company and that your CV stays on the top of hiring managers’ desks.

Below is a list of online resources you can use to upskill whilst working remotely and beyond. Be sure to check back as this list will be updated as we find new resources that we think would be helpful.


MSE’s Academy of Monday – Created by The Open University and MoneySavingExpert, this course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to master your finances.

General Assembly – Offering some of the best free courses to upskill on the market, General Assembly provides both online and on-site workshops.

Google Analytics Academy – For anyone looking to get marketing, tech or advertising jobs, Google Analytics is a tool you should spend some time investigating. Luckily, Google run a free academy, with a host of valuable free online courses that will show you the fundamentals of the tool.

Coursera – Using top instructors from world-class universities and companies, hundreds of free courses offer access to on-demand video lectures and exercises to help you excel within a wide range of industries and professions.

Skillshare – Centered around a wide array of topics including design, web development and leadership skills, Skillshare is an online learning platform with thousands of classes available to watch on-demand.

FutureLearn – A digital education platform that provides a variety of online courses and degree from leading universities and organisations. You can access their full range of Professional Development courses here.

Codecademy – With coding being one of the most in-demand skills in 2019, websites like Codecedemy have taken off.

Dualingo – With foreign languages amongst the most in-demand skills globally, learning a second language in your spare time is a great way to upskill for free.

TED talks – TED offers over 3400 talks on a wide range of topics, which can help you develop the soft skills you need to excel such as Your body language may shape who you are.

Audible – Audible offers a wide selection of audiobooks and podcasts related to business and personal development which can provide useful insights to workers. You may also want to look at other places where podcasts and audiobooks are available, include iTunes.