Wherever you go online today, you’ve likely seen adverts for online courses from Udemy. Udemy is an online learning platform that offers over 180,000 courses. Regardless of your interests and current profession, you might be wondering if this platform will be a valuable option to improve your business skills. Today we’ll take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of this platform to help you decide if it’s worth spending your money and time on courses with Udemy.
by Robert Greene
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When taking an online course, you might wonder if you’ll be able to add this course to your resume in the future. Keep in mind that Udemy’s certificates don’t come from an accredited educational institution. Therefore, these courses aren’t legally valid. While you could add these certificates to your resume, we generally find Udemy courses to be best for personal development. We recommend taking your time to research the courses you are selecting so that it meets your needs at the current time. Some of the courses on the site are more valuable than others, but you can read through the reviews to get a good idea of what other people thought of them.
A Low-Cost Learning Option
One of the top reasons to consider signing up for a Udemy course is their low prices. You’ll find courses on their site for as little as $10, which is a small price to pay to learn new business skills. Of course, you can’t put a price on personal development, but we understand that not everyone has the opportunity to spend a fortune on online courses. Udemy has regular sales and deals, so if there’s a course, you particularly like the look of, wait until it’s on sale to sign up.
The World’s Top Companies Use Udemy
Udemy is well known and respected within the course creation world. It’s one of the biggest online platforms of its type, so most people you speak to will be aware of Udemy. However, when you visit their site for the first time, you’ll see companies such as Forbes, Apple, and Volkswagen mentioned. They’ve all successfully used the company in the past and find their resources to be valuable for their employees and business.
A Huge Selection of Courses on Udemy
Udemy is known for its huge range of online courses. With over 180,000 courses to date and new ones being added daily, it outnumbers both Skillshare and LinkedIn Learning for course options. Of course, you’ll need to ensure the course you select is valuable to your life and business, but you’ll find it’s easy to use the platform to search for a relevant course that will support you with your future endeavors.
The Quality of Udemy Courses
As with anything online today, the number one thing to keep in mind when browsing Udemy is the quality of the courses. Generally, most users find the courses to be very valuable and helpful for their career goals. Of course, there are still some weaker courses on the platform, which would be worth avoiding and saving your money on. Look at the reviews and descriptions for each course before signing up, so you get a good idea of what you can expect. One thing to keep in mind is that Udemy attracts course instructors from around the world, and anyone can upload a course.
These few weaker courses give online platforms a bad reputation, so do your best to avoid courses that don’t look worth your time and energy. The site does its best to showcase the top-performing courses, so it should be easier to find one for the niche you are looking to study. We recommend avoiding brand new courses which have no reviews, as it’s best to let someone else pay for them and test them out first.
Review an Instructor’s Profile
Before you opt to sign up for a Udemy course, we recommend taking a look at the instructor’s profile. You’ll find that any good instructor will upload as much information as possible about their educational background. We appreciate that Udemy allows users to view the credentials of each instructor, which can include a LinkedIn profile and website. The more you can learn about an instructor and how many people they’ve taught in the past, the more likely you’ll be to find someone who fits your needs.
You Can Learn Almost Anything on Udemy
When it comes to improving your business skills this year, the type of skills you are interested in learning will depend on the type of business you work for. For example, you could try to brush up on your IT skills or work to improve your leadership ability. Whatever you are passionate about or are trying to achieve this year in your career, Udemy will be here to support you.
Beware of Urgency Marketing
One final thought about Udemy before we leave you to research potential courses is to be very wary of their urgent marketing tactics. For example, you’ll often find courses for under $20 on the site, representing a discount of up to 90% of the standard course price. However, when you visit the site again a day or two later, you might find that the course is up to $200 now. This is a tactic the company uses when someone first visits the Udemy site and aims to entice you into the platform’s low cost. Make sure you don’t fall for this trick by using another device or browsing incognito, as you’ll save a fortune in the long run.
There’s a lot to consider when searching for a Udemy course to improve your business skills. It’s a huge global platform that offers courses from some of the world’s best instructors, but you need to take the time to research the course you are signing up for. The more information and reviews you can find before you start the course, the more likely you’ll select a valuable course that will help you work towards your career goals this year.
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