Personal Development

We are all coping with the impact of the Coronavirus. Some of us have even found ourselves with spare time on our hands. How can we make the best use of it? There are a growing number of free resources that are being made available to help us stay positively productive. As we continue to fight through this together, we have compiled a list of free resources to support your personal development goals during COVID-19.

Leverage these free resources to hone your skill development during quarantine:

Skill Development: 

The monotony of our new work days can sometimes cause us to feel unproductive by the end of the week. Why not channel your energy and time into a productive distraction to get through this? It’s always motivating to cross something off your list as completed. Start with one course and see where it takes you!

Skillshare is offering a free  two month trial of their Premium service for unlimited access to thousands of online classes. Skillshare offers courses across a wide variety of categories including creative, arts, design, business, leadership & management, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, technology and web development.

Coursera partners with top universities and education institutions to promote a wide range of online courses. Currently, Coursera is offering free access through the end of May. We highly suggest checking out their Career Development courses to help you navigate the changing world of work.

Moz Academy has extended free access to all SEO academy courses. In today’s tech-forward world, a foundational understanding of how search engines operate is highly beneficial across all industries. Take advantage of this offer if you’re looking to level up your digital skills by using the promo code “wegotthis” when registering for a course.

LinkedIn Learning is offering free learning resources to aid in navigating this new normal. Resources included tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way. It is anticipated more resources will be made available in the coming weeks as well so stay tuned for more.

Class Central provides access to free online course from Ivy League universities. Sort by subject and set your own schedule.

Financial Planning for Personal Development:

It’s an inevitable truth that personal finances have become a major focus during this crisis. Many are seeking guidance as to what are the best financial decisions to make under the current circumstances. Below are a few great resources you can rely on to support your personal development goals for financial well-being.

Ellevest wants to help answer your money questions. They are now offering live office hours and free online workshops weekly. These workshops are hosted by financial planners and advisors who are answering some of the most common investment questions and share essential personal finance strategies.

Her Money is now featuring podcasts that offer insight, expert tips and personal advice on financial planning and retirement to help guide good decisions in unpredictable times.

Atrium Staffing is sharing tips for employers on the value of financial wellness programs in the workplace. Ask your employer if there are any existing programs to help ensure employees’ financial well-being. Or, offer to propose programs that would benefit your workplace.

Mental Wellness:

The unknowns can cause fear and anxiety. Our lives are changing quickly. As we adjust to our new reality, it can all feel pretty overwhelming. Tending to your personal well-being is crucial during COVID-19. It’s important that you proactively manage stress. These organizations want to help.

Headspace is a mindfulness-based meditation app that provides guided audio sessions. They have recently made resources available for everyone under a specific collection called Weathering the Storm. We also suggest checking out their blog for some quick tips on skillful living, sleep hygiene, and anxiety control.

Calm started a Calm Together campaign to promote looking after ourselves, and each other. The service has made some of their favorite sleep stories, meditations, journals, music and movement exercises available to access for free. Try one out today!

Fitness for Personal Development:

Thankfully, there are lots of options out there to help you avoid  feeling frustrated from social distancing. Incorporate a daily routine with one or more of these free resources.

Planet Fitness launched their United We Move campaign and are live streaming classes on their Facebook account daily.

Peloton recently extended their free app trial to 90 days. Access their full library of yoga, strength and training classes with top instructors.

Fitbit is encouraging people to take care of themselves and their health during this difficult time. Unlock their free Premium 90-day trial for guided programs and training.

Core Power Yoga is posting a new collection of classes every week! Create your free account and stream on-demand at your convenience.

Do you know of other free resources you would like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you. Email careercolumn@atriumstaff.com with your suggestions!


Rebeccah Bakich
Rebeccah Bakich

Rebeccah Bakich served as Atrium's Digital Marketing Manager and a contributor to The Career Column and HR Blog.