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We’re currently facing unprecedented times, and no industry can say they have not been impacted – or will be impacted – in some way.

Every layer of business is affected – from small medium enterprises to large multinational corporations.

Fortune recently reported that 94% of the Fortune 1000 are already seeing COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.

However, the popular quote by Anne M. Mulcahy still rings true: “Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage.”

So if you’re a working professional, your organisation is undoubtedly facing some challenges. But now’s the time to shine and use your time in lockdown to improve your skillset and challenge yourself in the face of trying times to help your organisation weather the storm. 

If you’re self-employed, upskilling is a great way to build upon your existing skills and stand out in the crowd amidst a difficult economy.

You can now take a  free online course by Harvard University through the EdX platform as people all over the world stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here are four online courses where you can upskill yourself and receive either a Verified Certificate or Premium Certificate to add to your LinkedIn profile. 

Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19

This is one for licensed medical professionals in possibly the most impacted industry of all – healthcare.

Medical professionals need to upskill themselves periodically due to technology advancing at such a rapid rate, but this course is especially important in light of the pandemic. 

This course gives those with medical licenses an understanding of mechanical ventilation so they can be of assistance on the frontlines with the operation of mechanical ventilators.

During the one-week course, you will learn troubleshooting, the Principles and physiology of mechanical ventilation, how to evaluate a patient for extubation readiness and conduct the extubation procedure, how standard ventilation practices are different in COVID-19 patients, and how to ventilate patients in special circumstances such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Obstructive Lung Disease. 

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Do your entrepreneurial skills need some polishing? 

This six-week-long free online course under business and management will be taught by Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna, who takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving complex social problems.

In this course, you will upskill yourself in entrepreneurship by addressing social problems and identifying points of opportunity for smart entrepreneurial efforts.

You’ll also be able to propose and develop your own creative solutions as well as develop an awareness of the opportunities for entrepreneurship in fast-growing emerging markets.  

Data Science: Machine Learning

Are you in the field of data science looking to upskill yourself and learn more about machine learning – one of the most popular data science techniques?

If so, then this course is for you. You will learn more about training data,  how to use a set of data to discover potentially predictive relationships, and learn the basics of several popular machine learning algorithms. 

As this course is part of the Professional Certificate Program in Data Science, it will also be counted towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 


CS50’s Mobile App Development with React Native

Website developer looking to break into the mobile app game? This free course can help you get there.

In this free online course that runs over 13 weeks, you will learn about mobile app development with React Native, which is a popular framework by Facebook that enables cross-platform native apps using JavaScript without Java or Swift.

There will be hands-on projects in the course where you’ll gain valuable experience with React and its paradigms, app architecture, and user interfaces. 

At the end of the course, you’ll do a final project where you’ll implement your very own app.