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Advance Your Career During COVID With Free Online Courses

If you are looking to learn a new skill or want to upgrade and update your existing skills this is the time.

The novel Coronavirus pandemic has affected the job market and most professionals are using this lockdown time to upgrade their skills.

If you are also looking to hone your skills, we list some of the popular free online courses that you can complete and earn a certificate.

The best online courses with certificates can help you get an edge over other candidates when you apply for a job.

It’s a good time to improve your personal or professional skills.

So, what are the skills that one should learn?

There are many but most depend on your existing skillset or where your interest lies.

To start with, all those who lack basic technology skills should work on the necessary skills required to complete their jobs from remote locations with the help of technology.

Free online courses with certificates:


It’s one of the leading online learning platforms with over 50K instructors and 100K+ courses to choose from. There are various courses that are free and for several others, the fee starts below INR 400. Udemy has online courses in IT & Software, Personal Development, Business, Marketing, Photography, Music, Meditation, Yoga and Dance among others.

You may choose to complete an IT certification course or something that you are interested in.

Here are some of the online courses you can opt for:

Data Science

Mobile Apps


Machine Learning

Android & Java Developer

Digital Marketing


C Crash Course

Instagram Marketing

Deep Learning

Android Java Master Class

Social Media Marketing

R Programming

iOS Game Development

Google Ads Training

Apache Spark

Mobile App Development

SQL for Data Analysis

Statistics for Business Analytics

Reactive Programming in iOS

YouTube Masterclass

Natural Language Processing

iOS 11 & Swift 4

SEO & Social Media

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a well-known name when it comes to online courses. You can make good use of tutorials and online certifications provided on LinkedIn Learning. Unlike Udemy, which offer various free courses, on LinkedIn Learning you get a one-month free trial but you may have to add the payment details. You can make the best use of the free-trial period to learn as much as you can. Once you are done, you may cancel your free trial.

Some of the popular online courses on LinkedIn Learning are:

Cloud Computing



Leadership & Management

Software Development

Graphic Design

Data Science

Adobe Tutorials

Web Design





Finance & Accounting

Business Strategy

Project Management

Facebook Blueprint

Not many may have heard of Facebook Blueprint, which offers free online training on Facebook Ads. If you want to master the art of Facebook Ads for free, this could be your go-to resource for learning about Facebook Ads.

Some of the online courses available are:

  • How to create a Facebook page to grow your business
  • The essential guide to Facebook Ads
  • How to create an ad on Facebook
  • How to advertise on Instagram
  • Manage inventory with catalogues 

Google Digital Garage

‘Get new skills for a digital world’ says Google Digital Garage that has over 100+ free online courses with certificates. The free online courses range from digital marketing to personality development to productivity hacks to machine learning, business communication, networking, social psychology, Google cloud platform, SEO and cybersecurity among others.

Some other free online courses include:

  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Cloud Computing
  • Marketing in a digital world
  • Data Science
  • Logical and Critical Thinking
  • Python Programming 

Microsoft Learn

It is a free online resource by Microsoft that provides free online training for Microsoft products and more. It’s an excellent medium to learn and earn a certification that eventually can help you in your career path. It’s a must-visit learning platform for IT professionals in technical roles, especially who are working as developer, administrator, solutions architect and security engineer among others.

With these certifications, you can become a Microsoft Certified professional.

Some of the certifications available are:

  • Security Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • DevOps Engineer
  • AI Engineer
  • Developer
  • Administrator
  • Solutions Architect

Besides these online learning platforms, there are various others including universities and other educational institutes that are offering free online courses for people to make the best use of their time in lockdown.

Bonus Tip: Once you get a certificate after completing an online course, share it in your network on social media, and don’t forget to add the same in your resume. Once done, update your profile and resume on Monster 😊 to increase your chances of getting a better job faster.

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