Cheap online courses can help pass the lockdown time Cheap online courses can help pass the lockdown time
Udemy is an amazing resource with thousands of cheap, interesting courses to do in your down-time. Cheap online courses can help pass the lockdown time

With the National Lockdown kicking in on Thursday at midnight, many of you are possibly thinking about how you’re going to pass the time.

Some of you are working from home, but even you are going to have more down-time than usual since you won’t be commuting to work or spending much time in the shops.

Since we live in the age of the internet, entertainment and social contact is just a screen away (both of which can help you handle the 21 day lockdown), but so too is the option to learn new things.

Learn new things

Udemy.com is one of the more well-known sites that offers a huge number of online courses, often at really good prices, and now could be a great time to find a course on a subject you’ve always been interested in.

Courses are video-based, and are put together by people who know the subject matter inside and out. Course content is full of theoretical knowledge, practical demonstrations, and clear explanations of what is being done and why. This writer has done a few Udemy courses previously, and considers his time and money well-spent.

The full price of courses can be as much as R2,000, but the site often runs specials (as is the case right now) and courses can end up being R200 or less. The best part is if you miss a sale, a new one will be along very soon.

Some courses are general-interest while others can help prepare you to take exams on the subject. For instance, some courses are relevant to obtaining qualifications as a Microsoft Technology Associate, a Microsoft Certified Professional, a Cisco Certified Network Associate, and more.

Ratings are key

What makes Udemy such a great platform is that each course on offer has a rating, taken from reviews by people who’ve paid for and completed them. Prospective buyers can get a sense of what awaits them if they decide to commit, and also be warned in case a particular course is not quite up to snuff.

Assuming you’re on Tarsus.Today because you have an interest in IT and business, here are some good courses to consider getting into during the national lockdown:

Windows 10 Fundamentals (R180)

Looking to brush up on your Windows 10 knowledge and skills? This course will teach you how to install Windows 10, use basic system tools, manage files and shares, perform updates and backups, understand the concept of virtualisation, and change settings and features. Great for a basic user of Windows 10 who wants to get to know the OS on a deeper level.

Rating: 4.3/5 from 464 ratings

Master of Business Administration (R186)

Normally R2,000, this all-encompassing course provides a brilliant foundation for anyone interested in doing their MBA. It’s done by one of the highest-rated professors on Udemy, and covers everything an aspiring business person will need to know about the business world.

Rating: 4.5/5 from 32,575 ratings

Become an e-commerce entrepreneur (R180)

There’s nothing quite like lots of free time to get people dreaming about becoming an entrepreneur and leaving the 9-5 behind. This course will teach you everything you need to know to set up your own “drop-shipping” e-commerce website; it’s a type of online store that doesn’t hold any stock, but which instead connects buyers with products and has the manufacturer send purchases to them directly. The course was created by David Hanlin, a successful e-commerce entrepreneur.

Rating: 4.5/5 from 119 ratings

Project Management Level One (R180)

Should you aspire towards being a project manager some day, this course is a great place to start the journey. For just R180, you’ll learn how to initiate projects, oversee their execution, close out phases, how to work with a team to plan projects and much more. Project managers are key to moving every kind of organisation forward, and this affordable course is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Rating: 4.4/5 from 9,627 ratings

The Complete Cyber Security Course (R168)

If you’ve been curious about cyber security and have always wanted to know more, this course offers an excellent way to get your head around it.

12 hours of on-demand video await you once you’ve signed up, explaining everything from the threat landscape to how to detect and stop hackers to how to master encryption and much more besides. You’ll learn about sandboxes, application isolation, virtual machines, and operating system security, too.

All you need to bring to the table is a basic understanding of operating systems, networks, and the internet, and in just 12 hours you’ll have a far deeper grasp of cybersecurity and the threats security specialists deal with.

Rating: 4.5/5 from 24,537 ratings

Just the beginning

This is just a small taste of the courses on offer. Udemy has over 100,000 courses in total, many of which are often on sale. The quality of the instruction is excellent if you pick and choose according to ratings, and the breadth of content available is truly impressive.

No matter what your interests are, we’re sure you can find something interesting and informative to learn while we’re all in lockdown.

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