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November 9, 2020

upskilling during covid


It has been tough going in 2020, with Ireland in and out of different levels of restrictions since March – we are all weathering the storm of Covid-19.


From a commercial perspective, business has borne a heavy burden; many companies are prevented completely from trading and some haven’t been able to survive the lack of revenue. So it’s no surprise that as a result of Covid, unemployment has gone up significantly. The latest figures show unemployment at 14.7% in Ireland.


Maybe you are in that category at present? Or you might know someone who is currently out of work? It’s a very tough situation, but here’s a bit of good news – there may be an opportunity to change your career during covid. This could be a golden opportunity to recalibrate your career and upskill.


Because right now there are a number of Free courses available that you could consider. Let’s check them out.

Free courses during Covid19


ICT Skillnet CISCO Networking Academy


Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Self-paced courses are designed to take in line with your own agenda, at any point in your career journey. More than 9 million people have joined Cisco Networking Academy and it has become a force for change in the global economy since 1997.


There are many cutting edge and self-paced training programmes including:


  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Introduction to IoT
  • Linux Unhatched
  • Linux Essentials
  • Get Connected
  • Programming essentials in Python


All the details on CISCO Networking Academy can be found here. Note – there is no specific start date as it is self-paced training.


Women in AI – Foundations Certificate in Artificial Intelligence



Interested in the ever-changing and quickly developing world of AI? Considered a true tech revolution – AI (Artificial Intelligence) is quickly changing the way we live and work on many different levels.


In fact, recent studies have shown AI will grow Ireland’s GDP in 2030 by 11.6% to €48 Billion. In other words; it’s a bubbling industry with many future career opportunities.


What is the Foundations Certificate in Artificial Intelligence?


The core objective of the programme is to fill important gaps in the skills development of AI talent in Ireland. It covers all the foundational skills and knowledge to begin a career as an AI specialist or to build further on your academic credentials.


Benefits of the Programme

  • Fully Remote with recordings giving you flexibility over your schedule.
  • 1 to 1 private mentoring.
  • Boost your CV with this industry qualification.
  • Enter a field that is only going to continue to grow and develop.

(Honourable mention: Future in Tech)


Unfortunately , the Future in Tech deadline has now passed. However, it is expected that next year there will be another programme. So watch this space! (There are a variety of different tech programmes still available).


Final Words on Upskilling during the Pandemic

Despite the difficulties of the current situation, maybe it’s a chance for you to change things for the better; developing new skills in a field where you have a natural ability but no training  – this may be the right moment to change career. The pandemic has brought hardship but if you are unemployed and are looking to better your career options in the world of tech – then this is actually a good time to get moving as many of the courses that are available at no cost may not have been available or affordable in the past.


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There are many amazing resources out there (including ICT Skillnet 🙂 ). Maybe you can use this time to upskill and transform your career?


If you have any further questions about any of our free courses – then please get in touch with us.

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