5 Career Development Resources You Can Pursue at Home

by Ann Hayward 06/14/2020

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If you flashback just 20 years ago, then it was a time where it wasn’t very easy to find career development resources. In fact, you were most likely forced to schedule an appointment with a professional or take a class at a local college. But today, there are thousands of useful resources that you can access from the comfort of your own home. And better yet, many of these resources are free!

In this post, we’ll discuss 5 of the leading career development resources that you can access from your couch.


If you want professional learning opportunities on a sophisticated platform, then Udemy is a fantastic option. Udemy is a global marketplace for exceptional learning and instruction. To date, the platform is home to over 57,000 instructors, 150,000 courses and over 33 million hours of video. Whether you’re a student wanting to sharpen your skills or you’re a seasoned professional wanting to study a new trade, Udemy has the learning opportunities for you.


Geared towards creative thinkers, Skillshare is an online learning platform with thousands of educational classes. From topics like illustration and design to photography and video, creative minds use this outlet to share their skills, insights and tips about their respective industries. Skillshare is used by millions of members who come together to find like-minded individuals who share their same passions. If you want to find career development resources and inspiration from other experts just like you, then you have to check out Skillshare.


Udacity is a learning platform that is focused on tech education. In the growing world of technology, new tech startups are forming by the day; and these businesses need qualified candidates with desired skills for this ever-changing technology landscape. From detailed programs that dive into artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science, and much more, tech-driven individuals can gain valuable knowledge and useful skills that are well-suited in many tech positions available today.

LinkedIn Learning

Formerly known as Lynda, LinkedIn Learning has become one of the top career development resources today. There are many areas of expertise offered on the platform, including business, software, technology and personal development. In addition, there are multiple subscription types available such as individual, corporate, academic, and government. For years, LinkedIn Learning has been used by colleges, enterprise companies and government institutions all over the world. And better yet, all of the videos on the platform are produced extremely well and they all feature reputable industry experts.


Over a span of just a few years, Coursera has quickly become a leading source for top-notch online education. The platform is known for having a diverse range of courses taught by some of the leading experts in their respective fields. And better yet, some of their resources are free. There are also other packages available that start at only $39 (USD). Find your course today!

About the Author

Ann Hayward

Born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs, Ann Hayward got her Pennsylvania real estate license at age 18 even before going to college. This second-generation real estate professional followed in the footsteps of her father and two uncles, inheriting their passion for the business. Licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia, Ann is accomplished in her career, with numerous designations including SFR, SRES, PSA, WHC, and multiunit Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council. She specializes in Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, all jurisdictions where Ann has lived and knows very well. In addition to her professional expertise, she owns and manages personal investment property, understands and has been involved in the renovation/remodeling process, and has great resources which she shares with clients. When you hire Ann to represent you, she will make your buying or selling experience an enjoyable, rewarding one. Her compassion, sensitivity to her clients’ needs, eye for detail, and ability to see the big picture when guiding you through a purchase or sale are unique assets that will ensure your success. A diverse and relevant background also gives Ann a distinct edge. For 30 years, she worked in fast-paced, high-pressure television and theatrical production, attaining the highest achievement – DGA membership as a Director, and as an award-winning staff and freelance writer. Her keen audio visual skills and design sense benefit sellers in marketing their properties, and are invaluable in helping buyers see the potential of space. A true renaissance woman, Ann was also an income tax professional and office manager for H&R Block, so she thoroughly understands the tax and financial implications of acquiring and selling real estate. Her superior organizational skills are further evidenced as owner of a downsizing/professional organizing business, Managed For You, which allows her to connect with everyone from millennials to boomers and seniors, whether for small space planning or assisting with major decluttering and transitioning. Ann holds an AB in American History from Simmons College, Boston, plus attended Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration where she was a candidate for Doctorate. She additionally studied Film Direction at the American Film Institute in LA, and was a Stanford University post-graduate Professional Journalism Fellow. Personally, Ann is an avid if not very good golfer, and the co-founder of a nonprofit 501c3 organization offering educational guidance, tutoring and counseling for youngsters from elementary school through college admission. She sits on the board of trustees of a nonprofit educational film production corporation as well. (202) 494-6252 [email protected]