Upskill with LinkedIn’s most popular online courses – free until Sept 30

Do you want to reinvent yourself? Start with LinkedIn’s popular online courses, which will be available for free until September 30, 2020.

By U2B Staff 

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Are you looking to expand your skills or reinvent yourself? LinkedIn’s online courses have been a popular option for many professionals who want to build new skills and stay competitive in the workforce. 

The professional networking platform recently released its third edition of the “Most Popular Courses” guide and are offering 20 of its most popular courses for free until September 30.

In a post, LinkedIn Learning Head of Global Content Strategy Dan Brodnitz said there are over three million professionals across the globe who have watched these courses to help them thrive in today’s changing economy. 


Professionals are sharpening their skills, gaining better understanding of Excel and project management, and learning programming language like Python. This is especially relevant with job postings looking for Python-skilled professionals up 29% year-over-year.  

Here are just some of LinkedIn’s online courses that you can do, completely free, for a limited time:  

Time Management: Working from Home

Bestselling author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw shares some his best practices for anyone working full-time — or occasionally — from home. 

You’ll learn how to set up a dedicated workspace for maximum productivity, collaborate with remote coworkers, craft your daily schedule and how to use virtual meetings productively. It also offers advice for working parents and caregivers who have to balance professional and personal responsibilities in the home.

Strategic Thinking 

Strategic thinking becomes increasingly important as you climb the corporate ladder, and Dorie Clark, an author, a strategy consultant, executive coach and keynote speaker, notes that no one formally teaches strategic thinking, but it’s a critical skill to have. 

In this video series, Clark shows you how to carve out time to think about strategy, gather data, learn from the past, create a vision for the future, and implement strategic thinking within your team.

Remote Work Foundations

Coach Mike Gutman from FlexJobs shows you how to use today’s cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere, while remaining connected to your organisation and colleagues, in addition to staying productive.

Learning Python

This course by Joe Marini, a manager, Strategic Partner Developer Relations at Google, is not a general introduction to the fundamentals of programming; students should already be familiar with the basic principles of programming when starting this LinkedIn online course. 

This course aims to get students started with Python, including an overview of the installation process, basic Python syntax, and an example of how to construct and run a simple Python programme. 


Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

Gain an understanding of what emotional intelligence is with executive coach and organisational psychologist Gemma Roberts. Students will learn to become more self-aware to identify triggers that may hijack their performance, learn to align their intentions and impact to build strong and collaborative relationships, among others.

Excel 2016 Essential Training

If Excel — the world’s most popular and powerful spreadsheet programme — gives you the jitters, it’s time to master your fear with this course. 

Excel expert Dennis Taylor will teach you how to best enter and organise data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of your data and cells, and build charts and PivotTables.

Excel Essential Training (Office 365)

Learn how to efficiently manage and analyse data, perform calculations with simple functions, and format the appearance of rows, columns, cells, and data with this course. Other lessons cover how to work with multiple worksheets, build charts and PivotTables, sort and filter data, use the printing capabilities of Excel, and more.

Communicating with Confidence

Effective communication is a key skill in business, but just how well do you project yourself to others?

In this course, Jeff Ansell provides simple communication tools, strategies, and tips that are easy to use and produce immediate results, and help you sound more confident, use body and language to better express ideas, and overcome anxiety. 

Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP)

This course teaches critical project management concepts from the exam and offers study guides and sample practice PMP exams to hone your test-taking skills. This course also fulfills the 35-hour education requirement needed to sit for the exam and provides 35 PDUs for current PMPs who need the credit to maintain their certification.

Project Management Foundations

Project management is a set of techniques that anyone can apply to achieve goals and make projects more successful, be it small, simple projects to complex enterprise-wide initiatives. You’ll learn the fundamentals of project management, from establishing project goals and objectives and building a project plan to managing resources and work, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. 

Critical Thinking

This course will teach you with the techniques to help you develop your critical thinking skills. You’ll learn how to define the problem you’re trying to solve and use a number of critical thinking tools, and more.

Learning Personal Branding


What’s personal branding and how can it help you get ahead in your career? This course will teach you how to develop your story, craft your messaging and define your audience. You’ll also learn how to build your brand presence online and off, creating a calendar that will help you stay on top of social media and keep your content fresh. 

Interpersonal Communication

This course will help you learn strategies to help you hone and master your interpersonal communication skills. You’ll learn techniques for getting your message across effectively in the workplace, how to tackle potential communication challenges with your colleagues and supervisor, among others.

Communication Foundations

Want to learn to be a better communicator across a range of professional situations? Through the use of vignettes and applied tools, the course shows how to build this core competency and communicate in a way that effectively and professionally conveys your message.

Improving Your Listening Skills

Do you find it challenging to listen well? This course provides multiple listening strategies to help you manage when you’re the one not being listened to, how to keep yourself from interrupting, and how to listen to what’s not being said. 

Microsoft Teams Essential Training

Understand the essentials of Microsoft Teams, which has useful features for business communications, and use it to your advantage to bring together colleagues, create conversations and content, and collaborate more effectively. 


Time Management Fundamentals

Gain practical strategies for increasing productivity in three main areas: developing habits to be more organised and reducing clutter in your workspace; staying mentally on task and eliminating the to-dos floating in your head; and developing a time budget to get the most done during your workday.

Python Essential Training

Learn how to use Python 3 to create well-designed scripts and maintain existing projects. The course also covers the basics of the language syntax and usage, as well as advanced features such as objects, generators and exceptions.

Excel: Tips and Tricks

Make the most out of what Excel has to offer such as time-saving tricks for creating formulas rapidly, accelerating data entry, and navigating within worksheets efficiently. 

Online Marketing Foundations

Marketing is essential to just about any business, and if you want to develop an understanding of marketing and all that jazz, this course will lay the foundations for you to learn how to promote your business effectively online and develop a targeted online marketing strategy that engages potential customers throughout the digital landscape. 

So whether you wish to build your soft or hard skills, LinkedIn’s online learning courses can help you stay competitive in today’s evolving workforce.