17 online classes that teach the skills you need for the modern workforce -- all for just $15 today

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With each new year, the workforce and its needs look a little different from the year before.

This difference is still yet greater between decades, but especially so in the last two or three. Massive advancements in tech and science have redesigned the work landscape, and in doing so have altered what qualities and skills employers look for when hiring for today’s world.

Some of these trends are easier to spot: more of an emphasis on familiarity with social media, coding, big data manipulation, and technical skills as they apply to tech. But just because these seem like the most obvious areas to jump into does not mean that other sociological or interpersonal skills have become any less important. In fact, they’re even more important now.

A recent analysis examined 24 million job listings in order to determine what key skills, across nine industries, employers were actively looking to find. The result?

Employers want multifaceted employees who possess “hard” skills like technical digital skills as well as “soft” skills like the ability to work with a team and communicate effectively.

While developing hard skills is important for the job and the résumé, in an increasingly diverse and global workforce, it is the hybrid employee that will be the most attractive to employers.

One of the easiest and most concrete ways to show your ability in hard and soft skills is by offering a class that you’ve completed to develop and learn them. Thankfully, they don’t have to be expensive.

Right now, Udemy has slashed prices on its courses from $A205 to $A15. Simply use the code ” AUG203USN” at checkout.

1. Learn how to really use Photoshop


You'll likely need to know how to use Photoshop in today's workforce, and if you don't know what you're doing it's an enormous waste of time. Even if knowledge of it isn't essential for your job, it's definitely a skill that sets you apart from peers. This course will help you create Photoshop Effects from scratch and make popular photographic effects in Adobe Photoshop by doing practical projects.

Photoshop Effects - Create Stunning Photo Effects, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

2. An entire MBA in 1 course


Taught by a former Goldman Sachs employee, this #1 best-selling course on Udemy will teach students everything you need to know about business from startup to IPO. The content is all based upon his work experience at several firms such as Goldman Sachs and the hedge fund industry and venture capital sector.

Think of this course as the 'greatest hits' business summaries from an award winning business school professor's own MBA, undergraduate business degree, and work experience in equities, consulting, hedge funds, venture capital and starting a company on his own.

An Entire MBA in 1 Course:Award Winning Business School Prof., $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

13. Perfect your résumé, LinkedIn, and networking and interviewing skills


Taught by an award-winning MBA professor, this #1 best-selling career development course teaches students how to master networking and each step in the long hiring process. Interview do's and don'ts and practice questions to optimising LinkedIn and Resume formatting.

The Complete Job, Interview, Resume/LinkedIn & Network Guide, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

5. Go from beginner to expert in Excel


Learn how to use Excel quickly and expertly for financial modelling and valuation. You will be able to build a Cash Flow statement and a Valuation model from scratch, among other things.

Beginner to Pro in Excel: Financial Modelling and Valuation, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

3. Think like a leader


This best-selling course focuses on developing the 8 core pillars of effective leadership: Vision, Integrity, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Courage, Communication, Teamwork, and Action. You will create and track manageable business goals for yourself and your organisation and learn actionable steps with which to achieve them, as well as creating better relationships with colleagues and employees.

Think Like a Leader with Brian Tracy, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

4. Master public speaking


Learn everything you need to know about giving a great speech for business and personal presentations. Students will learn to use the best body language as well as ways to identify with the audience. Everything from appearance secrets from professional television stars to how to ace the FAQ section of a presentation. More than 50 presentation templates are available.

The Complete Presentation and Public Speaking/Speech Course, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

6. Master writing skills


In this best-selling course, learn how to effectively use narrative, paragraphs, sentences, and words to stand out from peers and competitors and make blogs or marketing copy effective.

Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

7. Learn HTML, CSS, JS, Node, and more


Learn HTML, CSS, JS, Node and more with the best-selling Web Developer Bootcamp. With many web development options, this course aims to be the most comprehensive and effective. According to Udemy, 94% of Bootcamp students go on to get full-time developer jobs.

The Web Developer Bootcamp, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

8. Pass the Oracle SQL Fundamentals Examinations


Learn the SQL language and pass the Oracle SQL Fundamentals Examinations in this best-selling course. You will program in the SQL language to solve a variety of database problems and come out with a deft understanding of the Oracle Database.

The Complete Oracle SQL Certification Course, $A155 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

9. Become skilled at social media marketing


This best-selling course helps students understand the basics of popular social media platforms for use in marketing, customer services, and PR. You will be able to fully audit their organisation, use advanced features, and understand the fundamentals of content marketing.

Social Media Marketing 2017 - Complete Certificate Course, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

10. Learn another language


In an increasingly global world, being bilingual is a bigger advantage than ever. This best-selling conversational Spanish course will teach students the basics they need to get started properly with correct grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.

Conversational Spanish Made Easy, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

11. Understand the psychology of other people


Part of effectively managing others, or getting along with them, is understanding other people. The recent uptick in the importance of emotional intelligence is not lost on employers; you must work well with others. This course will help you better understand how people think, feel, and behave from a psychology base. You will be able to see social influences on everyday behaviours and not only implement psychological research to meet your own goals, but for your team as well.

Learn Social Psychology, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)


This best-selling course will help you hone your startup pitch. Learn how to speak 'investor' and answer the main questions asked of every entrepreneur, as well as learn what specific things investors are seeking in the deals they actually do invest in.

The 'Best' Startup Pitch Deck - How To Raise Venture Capital, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

14. Build an app


Designed like an in-person coding boot camp, this best-selling course aims to teach students the most content possible at the lowest cost. After the course ends, students can expect to be able to submit apps to the app store, understand programming basics and algorithms, work comfortably with Swift 3 & iOS 10, apply to jr iOS development jobs, and work as an iOS contractor.

iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

15. Understand multiculturalism


This course will help students to navigate globalism and advance diversity through lectures on subjects like pluralism and intersectionalities.

Diversity for Dummies: Making Multiculturalism Work, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

16. Learn Tableau 10


This best-selling course teaches you how to use Tableau 10 for Data Science step-by-step with real-life data analytics exercises and quizzes. Students will create bar charts, maps, pie charts, interactive dashboards, scatter plots, storylines, and many, many other things. They will understand aggregation, granularity, and level of detail as well as be able to create data hierarchies and operate other core functions.

Tableau 10 A-Z: Hands-On Tableau Training For Data Science!, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

17. Master statistics for business analytics


This best-selling course teaches students about the core statistics needed for a Data Science career. Students will be able to explain the difference between continuous and discrete variables, understand the Central Limit Theorem and apply Hypothesis Testing for Means, among other things.

Statistics for Business Analytics A-Z, $A15 (Use the code: AUG203USN)

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