Boosting those skills, one module at a time.

There is no doubt this summer has looked a little different than how we expected it to a few months ago. We’re spending more time at home, and that means watching a lot more Netflix (on my end, anyway). But there’s only so many episodes of Good Girls I can watch before I feel the need to do something a little more… productive.

Luckily IGNITE is offering free three-month Skillshare memberships to Humber and UofGH students, giving us something new to discover. This means I can finally learn the skills I’ve been saying I’ll take up for months, like actually understanding all the settings on my DSLR, or new watercolour techniques to put my paints to work.

Before signing up for my free Skillshare membership I had never taken any sort of online course, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Realizing there are probably many of you who–like me–only know the basics about what Skillshare is, I decided to give it a try and share what I learn about the courses along the way.

Take a look at some of the things I’ve discovered through my experience below, and sign up for your free membership today!

It’s easier to fit in your schedule than you might think

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When I first heard about the free Skillshare memberships, my first thought was, “I don’t have time.” Completing an extra course can sound daunting, but little did I know how easily the courses would fit into my busy schedule of Netflix marathons and Instagram scrolling.

The courses are broken down into modules that can range from 2-20 minutes, meaning you can go at your own pace and complete modules whenever is convenient for you! If you feel like doing two modules over breakfast and leaving it for a few days, there’s no pressure. And since there are so many different topics available, it felt easier to devote time to the course because I was truly interested in it, and that made it fun.

Endless courses to pick from

Woman on beach saying "This is gonna be a hard choice."

I’m usually a pretty indecisive person (if you’ve ever been stuck behind me in line at Starbucks, I apologize), so when I saw a never-ending list of course topics, workshops, sub-categories, and sub-sub-categories, I got just a little overwhelmed.

Skillshare really does offer courses for almost any interest you can think of. Want to learn how to paint flowers in watercolour? Or maybe you’re looking to learn how to boost productivity to reach your goals? What about a new language? Seriously, they have it all, and more. It took me a while to figure out exactly what course I wanted to start first, but I was able to save classes that looked interesting so I could come back to them later. Now I have my own endless list of courses on my profile, but tailored to my own interests!

Every skill level welcome

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If you’re a pro at public speaking or a beginner in UX design, you don’t need to worry about repetitive information or falling behind, because there are courses offered for every skill level. Many of the course instructors will even have a series of the same course, so you can find what works best for you. Even if you find yourself struggling with a concept, or fell victim to that one notification on your phone that turned into an hour of scrolling (slowly raises hand), you can easily pause and rewind the modules and spend as much time on them as you need.

And if you’re already feeling like an expert on what’s being taught, you can just skip ahead in the modules or find a more challenging course. The learning experience on Skillshare is a lot more customizable to your preferences, so you can truly enjoy what you’re learning.

It’s a confidence booster

Woman on phone saying "Did you know I'm actually good at this?"

You know that feeling when you get to cross something off your to-do list, almost like a combination of gratification, pride, and relief? That’s the same emotion I felt when I finished each course module. That feeling is actually related to your dopamine levels, often referred to as the “happy hormone.” Dopamine can stimulate your motivation and creates that feel-good sensation you get when you feel like you’ve accomplished something or worked towards your goals. I don’t know about you, but learning a new skill definitely makes me feel more accomplished.

Not only does it feel great to learn something new, but completing a course on Skillshare will expand your knowledge in the area of your interest, allowing you to put another skill on your resume, and making you feel more prepared and confident for your next job or internship interview.

Now that you know a little more about what to expect when you sign up for Skillshare, what are you waiting for? Registration is open until Oct. 20, but there are limited spots available, so sign up now so you don’t miss out. Have fun and learn a new skill for free, all from the comfort of home!

Need help picking a Skillshare course from their endless options? Take this quiz to find out which one is right for you!

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