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A review of Skillshare as a tech online resource

What does Skillshare do?

Hosting over 19,000 free and paid courses, Skillshare is an online learning platform for those who are interested in learning more about a variety of topics within tech like UX design, web development, and marketing, as well as fields that are adjacent to tech, such as creative writing, graphic design, and photography. 

Under the UI/UX design umbrella, Skillshare has courses that cover design sketching, mobile UX, prototyping for web, UX research, visual hierarchy, and more. Those interested in web development can take courses that teach CSS, JavaScript, HTML, WordPress, and Python, as well as concepts such as responsive design/dev, databases, and more. For students focused on marketing, they offer courses in branding, email marketing campaigns, digital marketing, social media, SEO, and more. 

In addition to watching lectures, students connect with their peers and instructors via the online learning platform, where they participate in interactive sessions and hands-on projects. Using the discussion boards, students provide feedback to their peers. Those who enroll in Skillshare should be self-motivated, as the instructors generally do not offer feedback or 1-on-1 support. 

Who is Skillshare for?

UX designers, web developers, and marketers who are looking to brush up on the basics, advance their skills, or learn new tools can benefit from the courses offered by Skillshare.

What does Skillshare cost? How much work is involved?

People can choose between the free and premium subscription options. For the premium options, students can pay $15 per month or $99 per year (billed biannually). Premium members can view lectures offline via the Skillshare mobile app and have special access to certain classes. 

To become a member, students must register with their Facebook, Google, or email account. Those interested in the premium subscription can make payments via credit card or PayPal.

Ratings and reviews

Many students felt that Skillshare’s courses helped them learn new tools and advance their current skills, mostly because of the high quality instruction and curriculum.  A Reddit user who enjoyed the UX design courses noted that they “are taught by professionals in the field.” Most G2 reviewers benefited from the learning platform as well, with one student reporting that “it is a powerful resource to learn new skills.”

However, some students complained about their billing practices and problems with the video streams. One G2 reviewer said that “the platform seems to have streaming issues. Both the website and the Android app take forever to load and frequently stall.” Another reported that “they canceled my account after charging me for a one-year Premium Subscription and I didn’t get to use their platform.”

Alternatives to Skillshare

If you are looking for alternative courses and resources to learn product design, web development, or marketing, check out the following list.  

  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Those interested in online learning platforms can also check out Udemy, Coursera, Simplilearn, and Pluralsight. People can use these popular education tools to develop or advance their current tech skills.
  • You can also check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • GrowthX Academy is an online bootcamp with courses in growth marketing, UX design, and sales and business development. Learn more about GrowthX Academy in our review of the program.
  • If you are looking for a free online digital marketing resource, check out the short courses offered by SEMrush Academy or HubSpot Academy.
  • Students interested in taking online self-guided or instructor-led product design courses can check out DesignerUp. Learn more about DesignerUp in our review.
  • Aspiring designers can also consider Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land a job as a UX designer. Read more about Designlab in our review.
  • HackDesign is a weekly newsletter that sends design lessons to your inbox for free, which can benefit product designers at any level.
  • Tech bootcamps, Flatiron School and Lambda School have tracks in UX design, as well as other subjects.
  • For more bootcamp options in product design and web development, check out Skillcrush or Bloc
  • Those who are interested in an online, self-paced bootcamp can consider CareerFoundry
  • Students located in the Bay Area or looking to work in Silicon Valley can check out Tradecraft, which has tracks in product design, growth marketing, engineering, and sales.

How does Skillshare compare to Pathrise?

Skillshare is an online UX design, web development, and marketing resource, with classes for people who are interested in learning a completely new tool or furthering their knowledge in a specific topic, such as responsive design and wireframing.  

At Pathrise, our goal is to help you land the best job possible. Our mentors work 1-on-1 with fellows on every stage of the search, including resume and portfolio building, behavioral and technical interview prep, salary negotiation, and more. Through workshops and 1-on-1 sessions, the program is personalized to help each person where they need it most.

Advancing technical skills is a key component of landing a job in tech, so fellows in our program should feel free to use Skillshare, as well as our technical workshops, to deepen their knowledge.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you are interested in optimizing your job search by working with a mentor, become a Pathrise fellow. 

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