These 10 online courses will teach you skills you didn't learn in university

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A bachelor’s degree may be a prerequisite for some jobs, but that doesn’t mean spending three or four years at university will teach you everything you need to know to catapult your career forward.

Having some real-life experience, whether it’s starting your own club, or having a few internships, is a great way to learn about a specific industry, but some skills don’t become vital until you land your very first job.

That’s where Udemy comes in. With thousands of courses on virtually every subject, Udemy is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn something new. While the site has tons of classes about business, computer science, and academics, Udemy also offers tons of worthwhile classes you wouldn’t find at college.

Whether you’re about to start applying for jobs, or looking to land that sought-after promotion, the ten skills below are necessary for advancing your career.

Until March 14, you can enroll in most of the classes below — as well as thousands of Udemy’s online courses — for $A10 each when you enter the code “CHANGEIT.”

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Time management


A great sense of time management is always a valuable skill to have, but it's particularly necessary if you are working on several projects at once or consistently miss your deadlines.

In this course, you'll learn how to stick to your to-do list and work smarter. At only two-and-a-half hours long, you can easily finish this course in one day and, as the title suggests, become more productive overnight.

'Double Your Productivity By Tomorrow Morning: 12 Step Guide,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGE IT')

Email etiquette


If you work in a corporate setting, you probably spend a good chunk of your day sending and answering emails. Some email etiquette rules are obvious -- don't use profane language, emoji, or unnecessary abbreviations -- but you might be making mistakes without realising it.

Not only is this class concise, many students admitted it exposed them to mistakes they didn't know they were making.

'The Perfect Email: Learn Effective Email Etiquette Writing,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT)

Writing a cold email


Whether you're submitting your application to human resources or directly to the your potential supervisor, sending out a cold email can feel like you're sending your inquiry into a virtual black hole; especially when you don't receive a response.

This course teaches you how to compose a great cold email, and in doing so improves your chances of hearing back from the recipient.

'Crack Cold Emailing to Increase Sales and Grow Your Business,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')



In 2014, The Freelancer's Union reported that 53 million Americans were listed as independent workers, and that number is set to increase by 50% in the next few years.

Here, instructor Seth Goodin teaches you everything you need to know about freelancing, including how to develop your brand and secure clients.

Seth Godin's Freelancer Course, $A55



Your college's career center might have taught you how to write a proper cover letter, or edit your résumé, but it's very unlikely you learned how to create lasting relationships with colleagues and other professionals.

Instead of sharing conversation starters and how often you should keep in touch with your contacts, this seven-course series teaches you the fundamentals of influence, persuasion, and positive communication.

By the end you'll have all the skills you'll need to be a successful networker anywhere.

Verbal Aikido for Ultimate Networking Success #1-7, $A15 each (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')

Visual basic for applications


This is a worthwhile class for anyone who spends their work days entering and analysing data into Microsoft Excel.

Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA, helps you automate tedious tasks so you can complete your work quickly and efficiently.

'Ultimate Excel VBA,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')



As your career progresses, it's likely you'll lead a small team or mentor a few interns. By learning how to be a strong, supportive leader now, you'll be prepared to catapult your career forward.

Leadapreneur Academy, the company behind this course is focused on educating and empowering 21st-century leaders. In this class, you'll learn everything you need to know to build a strong, talented team and create an effective management strategy.

'Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century, $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')

Professional etiquette


In this course, you'll learn worthwhile lessons that even MBA graduates didn't learn at school, including how to get a meeting with anyone and how to reinvent yourself and your career.

While the class is targeted to business professionals, and is a great investment whether you're considering business school or already have your MBA, the fundamental skills taught here can apply to any industry.

Even if you have no interest in receiving a MBA, it can still help you advance your career.

'101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You In Business School,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')



Writing is an essential skill regardless of your industry. Whether you're an aspiring blogger, or simply want to add a little more nuance to the emails you send out everyday.

This course will teach you the tips and tricks used by professional writers to keep their work clear and concise.

'Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')

Personal branding


In many industries, creating a strong personal brand to showcase on social media is a smart way to boost your professional profile.

This course will teach you how to discover what makes you unique, create a vision for every facet of your life, and use your personal brand to further your career.

'Personal Branding Mastery: The System To Reinvent Yourself!,' $A15 (Use the code 'CHANGEIT')

This article was originally published on 1/30/2017.

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