Looking to upskill during COVID-19?

With the increased need to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis many Australians are finding themselves with time to tick off items on their to-do list. While some are lucky enough to continue their work from home, others have been left out of a job, or are facing the very real possibility of losing their job - making these tough times even harder.

If you do find yourself with some time on your hands, it may be worthwhile considering getting stuck into some online courses.

A new direction could make all the difference

If you are looking to take control and change career, now may be a good time to consider what valuable skills you may be able to learn and perhaps take a leap into a new career? 

Or if you are still working, maybe it’s time to pause and consider filling in the gaps of your existing role and come out of the other side of the pandemic more skilled than before?

Whatever your objective, developing the right skillset could help you find a new job and increase your chances of being employable - which is particularly important during times of economic downturn. 

Where to start? Here is a list of resources offering free courses.

The prevalence of online learning means there’s no shortage of courses that can be taken from the comfort of your own home. 

If you’ve been looking for a way to use this downtime as a chance to invest in yourself, we’ve created a short list of some free resources we found. And, while it’s not a full list of courses out there, it may provide you with some inspiration and act as a good starting point. 

Some of these courses have a time limit though, so be sure to check out the fine print and eligibility criteria:


TAFE NSW is offering a number of free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks. The short courses cover a range of topics including practical business skills, enhancing your digital impact, leadership performance and administration skills. You can find the list of free courses as well as information on the eligibility criteria through their website here.


Online learning platform Udemy has created a hub of more than 250 curated free courses. These courses will be a hit for those seeking to brush up on their tech or coding skills, with courses on web developing, IT and software and programming languages. There are other courses on photography, time management, productivity, personal success and public speaking.


Coursera is also providing additional learning resources free of charge until the end of May 2020. Through Coursera, you can access free courses for career development, cloud tech, public health, science and soft skills. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to access Coursera's free content.

We’re here to help

At Mortgage Choice, the personal and financial wellbeing of our community is important to us. Getting productive and focussing on professional development skills by learning online can be one way to gain control of an uncertain situation. 

However, if you are concerned about your current financial situation, give us a call today or click to send a fast tracked enquiry, our brokers and financial advisers are here to help you stay on track with your finances and provide support through difficult times.

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