45 free online courses that you start and finish this year

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The internet can teach you absolutely anything! You can be an expert in any field, but the issue is sorting it out into what’s useful and what’s not so useful. Mashable compiled a list of 45 free online courses that you can complete within a year. Check out our top 5 picks below and find the full list here. Did we mention they’re free?

Make a Website

You can complete this useful course on your lunch break, every day for the work week. The course is 3 hours, with 5 lessons. Included are the basics of CSS and HTML, and you even get to recreate Airbnb’s homepage.

Beginner’s Guide to Image Editing in Photoshop

Digital Tutors
If you’re not Photoshop savvy, you absolutely need to take this crash course in design. How else are you going to realistically superimpose your head into photos with your favourite artists? Our facebook page is counting on you. This quick, 1.5 hour course boasts 10 lessons that should have you up to date in no time.

How to Get Started With Adobe Illustrator CS6 — 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How to Do

Adobe TV
In the design world, Illustrator is your best friend. Illustrator is the secret to non-pixelated banners with text, and cool, vectorized logos. This short, 40 minute lesson is a visual espresso shot for you to hit the ground running.

Google Analytics

You’re probably pretty good at using social media, so why not take it a step further? This two hour lesson divulges how to use SEO (search engine optimization), paid keywords, and how to get your blog to the top of Google.

How to Get a Job Using Social Media

The Muse
You didn’t think we were going to leave you hanging, did you? Put all of those well-earned skills to practical use in 5 lessons. Establish your brand, network, and get a career jumpstarted.

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