Post-Grad: Great Places to Acquire New Skill Sets

When I was in college I thought that just getting my degree would be enough, that my classes would teach me everything I needed to get my first big-girl job out in the real world. And while a bachelor degree is immensely valuable and college was a great experience, it just isn’t enough. I wish I’d known that sooner. But it’s never too late. And learning is something we should be doing at any age.

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If you want to start working on your design skills and learn more about cohesive branding then canva is a good place to start. They have plenty of different layout options such as facebook headers, posters and menus. The site is free to use and includes a variety of stock photos to choose from and the option to upload your own photos. You do still have to pay to use certain images but the fee is a pretty reasonable US $1 per use. Additionally Canva has a design school which gives you access to tutorials and articles about brand management. Every design you make can be shared on your Canva profile and you can browse other people’s creations if you’re in need of inspiration.

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With technology becoming ever more prevalent in our everyday lives, the ability to code is more valuable than ever. Coding can be used for blogging, app development and much more. It’s a great skill to have on your resume and its definitely considered an advantage for most jobs. Codecademy offers courses in HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, Python, and Ruby as well as website design tutorials.


Learning a new language is a time-consuming and difficult task. But whether you speak one language or five it’s always worth it to learn a new one. Duolingo is a website that allows you to start learning a language for free. They have Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian among other languages available to learn. Additionally, they provide English lessons in a variety of other languages. They are also available as an app on Android and Apple.

While the app doesn’t have all the structure of taking a class, it is a good way to get started or to practice a language you haven’t used in awhile.

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