The best thing is you can choose to do free courses and then pay for a certificate if you want to have a proof of your skills. I have done both, and used a couple of different websites I quite like, so I thought I could share them with you here.
Of course, the type of course you would take would 100% depend on your interests, I for example have taken courses in coaching and HR related topics for work, and then basic nutrition because I like the subject. I also just signed up for a new course called The Lottery of Birth which I am excited to give a go in September.
I have used Coursera, Futurelearn and Alison mostly for my courses and I really loved the Introduction to HR course I took via Coursera and the Introduction to Psychology (doing this one now!). The set up is different for each website, and I prefer Coursera over the others mostly because of layout and because most courses are taught through videos so it feels a bit like being back in a classroom. They also have an app I use sometimes when I'm out. I download parts of my course and then watch the videos and take notes while sipping a cappuccino in a local cafe on the weekends. Basically you could watch the vids anywhere but I am a note taker so I need to sit with my note pad and coloured pens to get the most out of the course.
So, what do you think? Are online courses something you would ever consider? I thought I would never study again after Uni and was pretty happy with that thought and now I am fully embracing the opportunity to learn something new. How adult!