I wrote a blog post similar to this to my main freelance work-related website: kmganderson.com, but I realised that actually, whether you’re learning for work or learning a new skill for any reason, learning something new and getting stuck in truly helps with mental health. So I’m going to give you a list of all the great places you can go to (including YouTube) to learn new skills. I’m focusing mainly on the creative side of things, but that doesn’t mean these sites don’t offer the option to learn about more academic subjects.
If you want to read my old blog post about online learning for design skills, you can read it here.
So, without further ado, here are my Top Three Sites for learning new creative skills when you’re on a budget (a.k.a. You can learn for free).
Isn’t this a no-brainer? There’s honestly so much content on YouTube that actually sometimes it’s hard finding the exact right thing you want to learn. It’s good to have an idea of what skill or creative activity you want to learn before diving into the search bar. Another great thing about YouTube is you can save the online video tips to various lists to peruse later at your leisure and learn in your own time. Some videos are also short enough to just learn one item, like a particular macrame knot in my case. Other videos can span a good half-hour to an hour showing you how to create vector art and more.
YouTube’s probably the best place to go if you want to learn a creative skill or even just try something out.
Ok, so Skillshare is free to a certain extent, but there is also the opportunity to pay a subscription for more courses. There’s lots of codes out there if you want to get a free trial and access those courses, but in essence it’s a great place for just learning all sorts of different creative skills. Want to learn how to watercolour? Want to know more about jewellery making? There’s something for everyone on Skillshare, and you could even start up your own ‘Show how to make’ videos and courses online here too.
Skillshare literally is all about sharing skills, so whether that’s you learning on the go whatever creative skill you want to learn, or sharing your own creative skills, it really is a great place to find what you want.
FutureLearn is another site that’s free to sign-up to, and a lot of courses you can click the link to sign-up to and learn at your own pace. There’s lots of different courses, so you don’t have to stick to learning creative skills if you don’t want to. Unlike YouTube and, to an extent Skillshare too, the courses are more structured and new ones appear all the time. While learning, you can message others on the courses and learn together at the same time.
At the end of the course, you can pay for the certificate to prove your achievements and add to your CV/Resume, but it’s not compulsory. There are so many amazing courses online here, with some free and others you will need to pay for.
If it’s free courses you want, just to get a good idea of what’s out there, FutureLearn is a good place to start.
There’s lots of places online to learn new skills, and that’s the joy and beauty of the internet I think. There’s places where you can swap your creative skills, share those skills as a business, or just learn for the sake of learning.
Wherever, whatever, and however you like to learn, I’d say it’s a great opportunity to look into when the months get darker and colder outside. Who knows, by the end of Winter and when it turns to Spring, you could have a whole lot of creative skills under your belt!
Feel free to share what creative skills you want to learn this autumn/winter time and how you’re learning them!
As always, keep it kandid.