Cyber Mondays are generally associated with hordes of consumers snapping up electronics, fashion, homeware and other everyday items at heavily discounted prices. But IT professionals can score a bargain too, with a number of online learning portals slashing prices for courses ranging from coding to business skills. Whether you're an IT worker looking to upskill or just someone trying to get into the IT industry, here are a few Cyber Monday deals from learning portals you can sink your teeth into.
There may be some who are sceptical of the effectiveness of online training courses. But these courses can serve as a great way to get acquainted with topics and concepts that you're unfamiliar with. There are a lot of IT courses available online and while some may not provide you with comprehensive training, they can at least help you learn more about a particular field you're interested in. That has certainly been my experiences from the online courses I've completed.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of Cyber Monday deals for online training courses that IT professionals can take advantage of:
#1 Learn To Code With Code School
Programming skills are invaluable when you're in IT and schools are now looking at introducing coding as part of the curriculum. But for those who haven't been able to get a formal education in programming but want to get started in learning, there are plenty of online training outlets you can try out. One of the better known learning portals is Code School, which is owned by IT training company PluralSight, that offers hands-on programming courses.
It runs on a subscription model where a paid account gives you unlimited access to all the courses.
The Deal: Code School is currently offering a six-month plan for US$15 per month (49% off) and a yearly subscription for US$14 per month (51% off) for its Cyber Monday deal. You can find the deal here.
#2 Certification Courses On StackSocial
StackSocial is a deals aggregate site that offers a ton of training courses covering a diverse range of technology topics. While it does list a bunch of coding courses, the most valuable offers are the ones that relate to certifications in specific fields of IT.
Official certification exams can be expensive and these online courses serve as a good foundation, at the very least, for your exam preparation plans.
The Deal: There's a currently a Cyber Monday deal that provides training for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam for US$39 (94% off) and a CompTIA certification bundle for US$49 (95% off).
#3 Level Up Your Microsoft Office Skills With Total Training
While we've highlighted some technical online learning resources, we mustn't forget the importance of basic productivity tools. If you're an IT professional that interacts with end-users in an office environment, knowing tips and tricks about Microsoft Office software that you can impart on your fellow employees could make you a hero at your workplace; you'd be able to empower users to do more with their existing tools that will boost overall productivity.
The Deal: Total Training has a range of courses that delves into the Microsoft Office productivity suite. It has cut the price on all its subscriptions: US$75.87 for a six-month subscription (45% off), US131.93 for a one-year subscription (45% off) and US$199.99 for a two-year subscription (50% off). Click here and use the corresponding promo codes to get the deal.
#4 Free IT Courses At Udemy
Udemy is an online "university" offering tutorials and training across every profession you could imagine. Its coding and IT offerings are a good way to learn the basics or touch up on rusty skills.
#5 Learn Business Skills From Lynda.com
IT is no longer a backroom function and has become a core part of businesses big and small. Many industry experts have already noted that IT professionals need to understand business concepts in order to move up the corporate ladder and into more senior positions. They also need soft skills and management know-hows to get ahead.
Lynda.com offers a swathe of business courses that range from leadership and networking to project management. It also carries courses aimed at boosting the productivity of professional workers.
The Deal: Lynda.com is currently running a deal that gives users unlimited access across all its courses for AU$34.99 per month for an annual subscription (that's $60% off). Click here to get the deal.
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