Monday, February 17, 2020

What is Google Digital Garage?

Google Digital Garage is a special Grow with Google Programme that allows individuals to upgrade their digital skills. It features the most in-demand skills that can help you grow your business, start your online career or just discover something new. 




It features 40+ different courses under digital marketing, data and tech, career development categories from different providers such as the Deakin University, Darken School of Business, University of Virginia, University of Auckland, University of Helsinki and online course providers such as Coursera, Skillshop, OpenClassrooms, etc. 

The best part? It's FREE. All you need is just your google account. 

Popular courses in the platform include:  
  • Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks (7 hours) 
  • Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals (13 hours) 
  • Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals (11 hours) 
  • Technical Support Fundamentals (19 hours) 
  • Fundamentals of Graphic Design (14 hours) 
  • Business Writing (13 hours) 


Right now, I am taking the Fundamental Graphic Designs course by the California Institute of the Arts and it covers image-making, typography, composition, working with colors and shapes. I find the course really useful since I can apply the learnings when creating posters for my social media campaigns. 

I also love that the courses include video and transcripts which gives me the flexibility to watch or just read if I don't have earphones with me. 

In case you are busy and do not have the time to commit for a full course, there are also short courses that run for about an hour or so. Some of my favorites include: 
  • Understand the basics of code (1 hour) 
  • Understand the basics of machine learning (1 hour) 
  • How to increase productivity (1 hour)
  • Business Communication (1 hour) 
  • Public Speaking (1 hour) 
If you are starting a career as an online worker or freelancer, Google Digital Garage also have certification programs that you can add to your list of credentials
  • G Suite Certification
  • Fundamentals of Digital Marketing
I highly recommend this free platform because these online courses do not only help you learn something new but it is actually a great way to review what you currently know. As seasoned freelancers, it helps us become more confident with our current skills and it give us an assurance that our knowledge is up to date.  

They also offer a Build a Sales Strategy for your Freelance Business course which will teach you the sales methods that you need in seeking new clients and signing proposals. This covers creation of business proposals, marketing action, prospection files to closing contracts. 


Anyway, if you are interested, just go to https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/. Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below. Happy learning! :) 

8 comments:

  1. Wow, free online courses! That's so nice. I will definitely enroll in search engine optimization. That is useful for us bloggers.

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  2. New to me. Well, will search more about this. Thanks for introducing this to me. New knowledge is power right? Hehe

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  3. First of all I didn't know about this and I am all for free courses online that end up not being scams at the end.

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  4. I had no idea that this existed. Thank you for taking the time to write a comprehensive post about all the courses offered. I'm planning to take a look later today!

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  5. I love free online courses. It looks like a great one to do!

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  6. This is really cool! I have no idea that Google offered this. I was looking through the list of courses and definitely see some I can benefit from. Thank you for sharing this!

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  7. I've never heard this before. Awesome article I need to check this Google digital garage courses Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is really nice. I will find the time to learn about SEO and graphic design.

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