Start the New Year right with Udemy’s online courses

Turn those January blues into something productive

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“New year, new me.” We’ve all been there. We’ve all said it. And roughly 30 minutes into the unremittingly grey and dreary wasteland we naively call “January,” where sunlight is a lie and warmth but a childish dream, we’ve all swiftly abandoned any hope of personal improvement and buried ourselves in the duvet, snacks and Netflix firmly in hand.

But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if self-improvement was made so straightforward, so eminently attainable, that — just this once — New Year’s resolutions need not be a cosmic joke but a logical conclusion?

Enter Udemy.

Boasting a library of over 55,000 online courses, Udemy can help you learn, well… pretty much anything, as it turns out. From photography to graphic design to everyone’s favourite buzzword, blockchain. It’s like school but more interesting. And better because you can do it all sat in your pants at home.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve always vaguely wanted to learn coding but haven’t had the opportunity/ patience to get started. Well, it’s time to leave your excuses at the door. If you’re looking for a crash course in all of the basics you need for web development — HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, MySQL, and more — we suggest taking a look at either The Web Developer Bootcamp or The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0.

Or, if you’re looking for something a little more bespoke, check out The Complete Java Masterclass to learn all things Java 8 and Java 9. Want to make your own apps? That’s covered too, with The Complete Python Masterclass starting from the very basics and teaching everything you need to know.

And if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own videogames — duh, hasn’t everyone — then you’re in luck. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t conjured from the netherworld through arcane magicks but instead created using something infinitely more nefarious: more coding. Thanks to Udemy’s courses, however, learning to code games couldn’t be simpler.

You might want to check out The Unreal Engine Developer Course which will teach you the C++ programming language and give you the skills to make your first game. The Unreal Engine is one of the cornerstones of the industry and is responsible for a mind-boggling amount of games, including entrants in the Bioshock, Gears of War, and Mass Effect series – so a very good place to get started! The course includes 55.5 hours of on-demand video, 2 articles, 10 supplemental resources and full lifetime access across mobile, online and TV.

Alternatively, you could learn C# using the Unity 5 engine with the Learn to Code by Making Games course. With 45.5 hours of on-demand video, 20 articles, and 36 supplemental resources, it’s a fantastic way to find your footing in the industry.

In short, learning a new skill has really never been easier. So go ahead, treat yourself — if nothing else it’ll give you something to gloat about when you see friends and family again on NYE 2018.

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