19 Free Online Practical Courses To Help Build Your Career

Hey there, you got some free time to sit, relax and refresh and perhaps pick up a few new skills while at it?

It’s about time to Put that relaxed brain (and work schedule) to good use. Picture the feeling of adding extra skills to your CV without spending a penny on lessons. (Well, save for a little Internet bundles)

Here, we’ve put together a few free courses that you might want to check out. They are actually  short, you needn’t put aside alot of time to get started and work your way around them. All you need are a few hours every week to advance your career with an online class.

To make this process easier for you, we did two things. One, we only chose classes you can complete within a week’s time. Two, we hand-curated this list to ensure it’s only courses that are applicable to the job market in Uganda today. Simply select the course title to Apply. The best part? All of them are free.

So, with no further ado, here are 22 classes you can sign up for today;



  1. Introduction to Graphic Design

Why is that logo appealing? Why does that poster stand out? In this course, you’ll learn the theory behind creating attention-grabbing visuals and understand the basic principles and elements of design.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 1 Hour / 12 Lessons

  1. Adobe InDesign for Beginners

This course instructs you in how to use the powerful tools and techniques available in InDesign for creating high-quality layouts. You’ll gain the necessary skills to work with graphics and tables, add color and effects, and even make your layout interactive.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 11 Hours / 21 Lessons

  1. Beginners Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial for beginners will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop with easy-to-follow, practical examples. You’ll learn how to set up your work environment and perform the various editing functions that the program offers.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 14 Hours / 26 Lessons

  1. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essential Tools

Master image manipulation and photographic re-touching with this course. You’ll be guided through the Photoshop user interface and acquire the basic techniques for editing and enhancing your photographs.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 2 Hours / 8 Lessons


Online Marketing

  1. Social Media 101

Learn the basics of social media in just two minutes a day with Buffer’s week-long email class. You’ll master everything from establishing a tone for your social media posts to understanding online marketing analytics.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 14 Minutes / 7 Lessons

  1. Diploma in Social Media Marketing

Want to hear about how email marketing, blogging, and Facebook can create a business page that gets noticed by customers? If so, then this course is for you. Upon completion, you’ll understand the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and know the different methods that help increase traffic.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 15-20 Hours / 11 Lessons

  1. Internet Marketing for Smart People

Copyblogger presents a systematic and simple approach to implementing effective online marketing with this email course. By registering, you’ll also score instant access to 14 ebooks on content marketing, copywriting, keyword research, and many more topics.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 20 Lessons

  1. Marketing in a Digital World

Created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this course examines how digital tools—such as smartphones, the internet, and 3D printing—are revolutionizing the world of marketing. It’ll teach you how to use these tools to persuade customers to buy, distribute, and set the right prices for your products.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 32 Hours / 24 Lessons

  1. Getting Started With Google Analytics

This training class will help you master the basics of Google Analytics and understand how to turbocharge your website performance. Apart from being able to interpret data, you’ll learn to translate the raw data into actionable insights.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 4 Hours / 21 Lessons


Communication Skills

 10. Introduction to Public Speaking

Designed by the University of Washington, this course aims to help you become a more effective and confident public speaker. You’ll learn to design and deliver basic arguments, informative presentations, and persuasive, complex arguments all within 10 weeks.

Level: All Levels

Duration: 30-50 Hours / 10 Lessons

  1. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Negotiation is the key to business success—after all, no business can survive without profitable contracts. After you finish this University of Michigan course (complete with interactive videos and a free app), you’ll know how to successfully negotiate.

Level: All Levels

Duration: 8.5 Hours / 6 Lessons

  1. Speechwriting 101

Professional speechwriter Brent Kerrigan has crafted 10 articles designed to help beginners write better speeches. Some of the articles include, “How to Write for the Ear (Not the Eye)” and “One Speech Structure to Rule Them All.” Sign up and you’ll receive one new article each week.

Level: All Levels

Duration: 10 Lessons



  1. How to Start a Startup

Initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014, this lecture designed by Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman features exceptional entrepreneurs like PayPal’s Peter Thiel, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. You’ll learn the basics of user growth, fundraising, operations and management, and much more.

Level: All Levels

Duration: 20 Hours / 20 Lessons

  1. New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

This University of Maryland course is created for aspiring and active entrepreneurs who want to understand how to secure funding for their company. Key questions answered within the four-week course include: “What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?” and “What are your fundraising options?”

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 12-20 Hours / 4 Lessons

  1. How to Build a Startup

Join almost 280,000 online students in learning the basics of the Customer Development Process. Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps to building a successful startup, ranging from gathering and evaluating customer feedback to calculating the direct and indirect costs for delivering your product.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 24 Hours / 8 Lessons


Writing Skill

  1. Academic and Business Writing

Originally given at the University of California Berkeley, this course focuses on writing in different disciplines—in science and technology, in literature, and in the social sciences. You’ll learn to craft statements of purpose and develop a professional writing style.

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 20-30 Hours / 5 Lessons

  1. Writing for the Web

Understanding the difference between writing for print and writing for the web starts with reading up on how readers behave differently online. This course teaches you how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure, and search engine optimization.

Level: All Levels

Duration: 16 Hours / 4 Lessons

  1. Secret Sauce of Great Writing

With more than 20,000 students and over 120 five-star reviews, the “Secret Sauce” course teaches you to superpower your business writing—whether it’s for cover letters, press releases, or sales emails—and make your blogs appear a thousand times more professional. This course is meant for professionals hoping to upgrade their writing skills, as well as businesses hoping to improve their corporate communications.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 2 Hours / 10 Lessons

  1. Writing on Contemporary Issues: Culture Shock! Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Cyberspace

An introduction to writing prose for an online audience, this class teaches you to write essays that critically engage elements and aspects of contemporary American popular culture—and do so with a vivid personal voice.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 32 Hours / 21 Lessons

Hire the Youth aims at helping young people aged 15-30 who are in / out of school, unemployed or underemployed overcome the barriers to employment by pushing forward campaigns that drive educational reforms and youth empowerment. So with such articles, we do hope you get to polish your CV, career and have a fair chance at employment.



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