15 Courses That Will Help You Be A More Zai Freelancer After Circuit Breaker

You’re stuck at home during this “Circuit Breaker” period and jobs perhaps don’t come by as easily. Don’t fret, use this time instead to upgrade your skills or even learn a new skill so that once CB is over, you’ll be an upgraded version of yourself! 

NTUC Learning Hub is one of Singapore’s continuing education and training provider and we read recently that it has teamed up with GO1, one of the world’s largest marketplace for training courses to offer over a hundred free courses that would normally have cost a pretty sum. 

Too busy to look through all the courses, we’ve picked out 15 courses that will help you become more zai (read: upgraded!). From bite-sized 5 min courses to more in-depth 5 hour courses, there is something for every palette.   


For venturing into big data and analytics 

  • Digital Transformation: What is Big Data? 5 mins

Big Data refers to the huge amount of information available that can be analyzed by computers in order to identify patterns and get meaning that might be too complex for traditional methods. In this course you’ll learn what this means for businesses and how Big Data is already transforming different industries. More here 

  • Machine Learning 101 with Sklearn and Stats Models 5 hours

Machine Learning is one of the fundamental skills you need to become a data scientist. It is the stepping stone that will help you understand deep learning and modern data analysis techniques. More here

  • Mastering Data Analysis 51 mins

This course will teach you how to use some of the tools built into Excel that enable you to mine the answers hidden in your data records and unlock the analysis power of Excel. More here


For the freelance digital and communications marketeer

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing 2 hours 

This course provides an overview of digital marketing and basic marketing principles. More here 

  • Communication Skills 10 mins 

This 10 minute video explains about communication, tone, modulation and body language. More here 


For the freelance designer 

  • Become a Professional Graphic Designer 21 hours 

Graphic design has always been a popular profession but with more and more technology being introduced into our lives it’s becoming an ever more important one too. All kinds of people use all kinds of technology every day. Making that technology as user-friendly as possible is vital and graphic design is one of the most important elements of this. More here

  • Adobe Photoshop CC Beginner 5 hours

Adobe Photoshop is the premier photo editing program.. In this course, students will understand color modes and create swatches, apply layer masks, flatten layers, work with layer comps, use adjustment layers, and work with filters and patterns. They will learn to crop, transform, and add text to images. More here 

To be a better leader 

  • Introduction to Leadership 90 mins 

Maintaining a successful team demands effective authentic leadership. Leadership is about social influence. Leaders need to win the confidence, respect and loyal cooperation of people, such that their effort in working toward the achievement of a common goal is maximised. In this course, we introduce foundation concepts associated with leadership. More here  

  • Leading Change Management in an Organisation 19 mins

Research says 70 percent of change initiatives in organizations do not succeed according to expectations. Change within an organization is inevitable and necessary for growth and survival in a complex business world. More here

  • Building a Diverse Organisation 10 mins 

Diversity and inclusion have become a major focus of organisations around the world. In this interactive, game-based course, employees will understand what diversity and inclusion means and why diversity and inclusion has become a strategic goal. More here


For the freelance programmer 

  • Python Programming for Beginner 3.5 hours 

Delving into the world of coding can be intimidating. With so many complex languages and implementation possibilities, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. By starting off with Python programming, you’ll learn a simple, versatile and highly readable code that you can execute on a wide variety of systems quickly and easily. More here 

  • Python Network Programming 

This video uses a project-based approach to teach you how to leverage this easy-to-learn language for network automation tasks. The main goal of this course is to help you master key concepts in Python with the aid of interesting projects. More here 


For self-development 

  • Emotional Intelligence: Self-management 20 mins

In this course, we investigate self-management (or self-regulation), which is the second of three key areas of personal skills that make up Emotional Intelligence. Self-management is concerned with how you control and manage yourself and your emotions, inner resources, and abilities. It also includes your ability to manage your impulses. More here 

  • Negotiation Skills 90mins

The Negotiation Skills workshop will give participants a sense of understanding their opponent and have the confidence to not settle for less than they feel is fair. Participants will learn that an atmosphere of respect is essential, as uneven negations could lead to problems in the future. More here 

  • Critical Thinking Skills 90 mins

The most successful teams use critical thinking—objective and rational analysis—to illuminate the wisest conclusions.  Critical thinking is the ability to think reflectively and independently in order to make thoughtful decisions. By focusing on root-cause issues critical thinking helps you avoid future problems that can result from your actions. More here 

So don’t be lazy, get an upgrade. Do share with us which courses you found useful!

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