I love to learn. It's in my top 5 strengths, and as a result, I've tried quite a few learning platforms. Each one is a little different regarding what it offers and costs. It can be hard to navigate.
I will share a brief overview and my personal experience on eight platforms in this post. I hope this helps you navigate the learning landscape and find a good next step in your learning journey.
I've seen many people not take their next step in learning something new because of the cost. I want to tell you, "It's worth it." It will cost you both in time and money. But again, it's worth it.
Let's say you spent $300 learning a skill that lands you a new job. The pay increase quickly covers the learning cost in terms of money. If it results in you doing something you enjoy, that's an excellent return on your investment of time.
I'll list the costs for each platform in the reviews. Many of them have discounts or free trials available. There are free options available, but you will trade money for time with some of them, like YouTube. This is because the content isn't curated in the same way, and you're going to spend time finding and organizing your own learning path.
Skillshare has been my team's go-to for creative learning. If you want to learn a new design tool or technique, you'll find great courses on Skillshare. Some of their top topics include:
You can save courses to build your own learning path. You can also follow instructors, which I find an enjoyable and personal way to learn. Aaron Draplin is a favorite for me. The quality of content varies a bit, but you can use reviews and the number of students to gauge the quality as you search for classes.
If the learning you want to do is in the creative space then Skillshare is the option I recommend for you.
Skillshare also recently increased its cost but is still more affordable than others on this list. It costs $168/year or $32/month. You can get your first month free to try out some of the courses and see if it's what you're looking for
Some courses may help you prep for a certification, but they don't directly provide them. You can always post the project you created from the course you took.
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