As a creative, you should always be evaluating how you can bring your career to the next level, and an important part of that is expanding your knowledge base. There are always new techniques to pick up and upskilling can help you get a leg-up to the next level.
There's no correct answer to what you should learn. The skillsets of those in the creative industries vary massively, and the majority will have knowledge gaps in some areas. What you choose to learn is therefore largely a matter of choice, but whether you're a freelancer looking to secure better commissions or an agency-based designer looking for the next step up, mastering another skill will help take your design career to the next level.
is a great place to start. A ready-made learning platform for creators, with around 7,000 classes in various categories, Skillshare offers the chance for you to learn something new at your own pace, with bite-size classes you can take on-the-go through the Skillshare app (iPhone and Android).
The myriad categories offered by Skillshare include illustration, web design and development, graphic design, and typography, along with crafts, business, and much more. A quick scout around the Skillshare site will demonstrate the sheer number of courses available in these categories, covering novice and intermediate level training of diverse topics from niche areas to the rudiments.
You truly become part of a learning community with Skillshare's project-based classes. Each student can complete a project for a class, post it to the project gallery and get feedback from other students that have taken the class. Skillshare students can also contact the course teacher for the full one-to-one experience.
The regular subscription to Skillshare Premium starts at $8/month, which is an incredible value when you consider that students have access to all classes on the platform instead of paying for each one one at a time. This all-you-can-eat style of subscription means that it’s super easy to learn a new skill that you may be curious about but don’t want to invest too much time in.