In our recent survey of those currently working in startups, we found that 34% of all employers found that the biggest challenge they faced was a lack of technical skills amongst potential employees. 

While Covid-19 has forced a lot of us indoors, it’s the perfect time to take the initiative and use your spare time to upskill and add some great certifications and new skills to that resume. 

We’ve put together some of the best places online that we’ve found to upskill in order to help improve your employability and set you apart from the competition when going after a promotion or new role. 

Best Ways to Upskill

Google Digital Courses

Google’s Digital Garage has some fantastic free courses you can do at your own pace to upskill in some in-demand digital areas. From mastering and becoming certified in their own range of core products, to learning about Online Strategy, SEO and Time Management, their courses are a fantastic free way to upskill in your downtime. View their full range of courses here

Facebook Blueprint

Social Media is a skill that’s becoming rapidly more in demand by more and more employers. Explore self-paced and step-by-step tutorials by Facebook that can help you build your digital marketing knowledge and bring your business online. Facebook Blueprint has free training and certifications for their suite of products and services. 

Twitter Flight School

Master your use of Twitter with their free online training portal. Like Facebook and Linkedin, Twitter offers a range of free online courses that not only cover their own product, but also a range of other useful topics. These include things like campaign reporting, managing agencies and creatives, to advertising strategy. You can view their whole range of courses here. 

LinkedIn Learning

Acquired from educational platform several years ago, LinkedIn Learning and now have a huge range of courses available for anybody with a LinkedIn profile to learn from. LinkedIn Learning has relevant courses available across business, creative and technology fields that give you a certification upon completion. So whether you want to learn about SEO, Cryptocurrency or Data Analytics, there’s something for you on LinkedIn Learning. 

Harvard University Free Courses

Learn from one of the most renowned and respected Universities in the world. Harvard Online has 100+ free courses you can complete ranging from Game Design to Python and Javascript. With free courses ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks long, there’s something for everyone available here. 

TAFE NSW Free & Subsidised Courses

Earlier this year TAFE NSW started offering free online courses for Australians to upskill during the pandemic. Depending on the individual, they’re offering a wide range of industry recognised free and subsidised courses. Browse the available courses and subsidies here. 

Get a Diploma or Masters Degree Online

If you’ve ever thought about getting a Postgrad certification, now could be the perfect time. While it can be a big commitment, education is always a good investment for your career. You can choose between single subjects, a graduate diploma or Masters degree from a range of universities around Australia. Browse all the Universities in Australia offering online education through Open Universities


Looking for your next employee with great technical skills? Get in touch with the Discovered People team here for a chat. 


Written by Ebony McCabe for Discovered People