Top Career Development Resources for Professionals

Are you interested in training resources for learning new skills, technologies, and tools? We interviewed a number of our tenured Lead Recruiters, Technical Practice Directors, and other internal resources who focus on supporting professionals with training, development, and career coaching and have compiled their top online training sites.

Technical Training Sites

  1. Pluralsight - Known for their programming, data, and AI content, but they also have soft skills and leadership sessions. *Free trial account with a 200-hour cap
  2. Udacity - Access several career-oriented programs in the IT field that include: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Programming, and Business
  3. Code Academy - A great starting off point for aspiring Programmers, they provide different modules for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python, Ruby, AngularJS, and more to help teach you how to make a website. *Free 7-day premium account with limited usage per week
  4. Free Code Camp - Learn from real-world examples to develop / code with HTML, CSS, JS, React.js, etc. *Free courses
  5. Cybrary - Primarily infrastructure, security, and testing focused courses that offer structured lesson plans and training videos; offers certification bootcamps for many CompTIA certifications, including the in-demand Security+. Offers both a free training and video service and paid standard instructor lead training courses

Life Science Training Sites

  1. BioSpace - Useful training resource, which also provides new/trending information in the Life Science industry; they also run several prominent Life Science events focused on career development
  2. Careers in Food - A site designed to help develop your career in the food & beverage industry. This site contains multiple guides, both with new trends in the industry and to help develop your career
  3. CLMA (Clinical Laboratory Management Association) - Interested in learning more about how to improve your laboratory expertise? CLMA has multiple resources to check out, including an ever-expanding list of free webinars led by industry leaders

General Training Sites (Leadership, Soft Skills, etc.)

  1. BrightTALK - A repository of an extensive amount of 100,000+ free talks in the areas of Business Management, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, Research & Development, and more! They have a heavy focus on Cloud and Cybersecurity, with a mixture of podcasts, RSS feeds, summit/conference recommendations, and more
  2. O'Reilly - Instructor lead classes that range from professional to academic. They specialize in entire team development. *Free 10 day trial
  3. LinkedIn Learning - Access a wide array of career and personal development content through instructor lead and unstructured courses. *Free month trial
  4. Coursera - Technology and programming (Python, MATLAB, R Programming, Data Science), Life Sciences, Health, Project Management, Business topics (Finance, Economics), Soft Skills, Leadership, Psychology *Free 7-day trial
  5. Udemy - Courses range from professional to personal with courses around Programming, Business management, Office productivity, Health, Academics, and many more

In addition to these great websites, our Recruiting teams and Practice Directors recommend that you engage in the following for gaining knowledge and developing skills.

  1. Join a Group/Association - Join a couple of local Meetup groups, which is the standard for how user groups and many other professional associations self-organize and start to attend a monthly meeting
  2. Participate in Online Communities - If you are looking to expand your skills in development through different real-world projects, collaborate within the largest community of developers through GitHub. Check out other online communities for professionals, such as Stack Overflow, MSSQLTips.com, Slack Groups, and Life Science conferences
  3. Engage in Skills-Based Volunteering- Expand your skillset while giving back to the community through a local community initiative: there are various volunteer efforts put on by groups/associations. For example, many development groups/Meetups host hackathons/codeathons that might incorporate a social-good component, PMI (Project Management Institute) chapters host Project Management Day of Service, or other volunteer events. There are specific STEM nonprofits and groups, such as Tech4Good Meetups, Humanitarian Toolbox (htbox.org), Tech for Troops, Operation Code, Year Up, CompTIA's IT Ready Program, Best Buy's Teen Tech Center program

Putting a continual focus on growing your skillset allows you to stay up-to-date with new technologies and increases your marketability!