• Web development, digital marketing, data science, programming and mental health are some of the most popular skills and topics South Africans are upskilling themselves in, according to the online learning platform Udemy. 
  • Online platforms are providing people with an accessible gateway to always learn.   
  • Taking ownership of upskilling yourself is important to stay relevant in an everchanging workspace.

Robotics, artificial intelligence and other technologies are providing us with machine capabilities never before thought possible. And in turn putting pressure on the human workforce jostling for position alongside it.  

Research shows almost one-third of professionals fear their skills will be redundant within a year or two, while a further 38% think it will only be another 4 to 5 years. The solution - future-proofing your career by continually upskilling.   

Jacob Morgan talks about the ‘learning worker’ in his book The Future of Work, as those that will thrive in the 21st century. He says what sets these people apart and keeps them competitive in a changing job market is their knowledge of how to learn, agility and willingness to adapt.   

Upskilling has also never been easier with online learning platforms such as Udemy giving access to thousands of recognised courses to get you future-fit.  

We look at the top 7 most popular courses that South Africans are signing up for. 

Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python 3 

Python Programming was one of the 25 most in-demand hard skills of 2019, according to research by LinkedIn. It’s therefore no wonder that this course has enjoyed so much attention on Udemy. Whether you’ve never programmed before, already know basic syntax, or just want to learn about the advanced features of Python, this course covers all the basics.   

The Complete Digital Marketing Course - 12 Courses in 1 

The reason why digital marketing is crucial for a business today is because the Internet is becoming one of the most used tools, according to Lyfe Marketing. As technology grows and new digital ideas are brought to life, the digital marketing world grows with it. This course in Digital Marketing gives you insights on SEO, YouTube Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Google Adwords and Google Analytics among other things.  

Microsoft Excel - Excel from Beginner to Advanced 

Microsoft Excel has become such a sought-after programme in most workplaces but harnessing its full potential takes some time and skill. Through a course like this, you can wow your boss by unlocking dynamic formulas with IF, VLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH functions.   

The Data Science Course 2019: Complete Data Science Bootcamp 

If you can’t beat the robots, you may as well join them by understanding their thought processes a little better through data science.  As the world entered the era of big data, data science became the solution to processing all the data. Data science will also better your understanding of machine learning – one of the main components of AI.   

The Web Developer Bootcamp 

On average, we spend about 6 hours and 42 minutes online each day, according to the Digital 2019 report from Hootsuite and We Are Social. That’s more than 100 days a year of surfing the web! Behind every web experience there’s a web developer who carefully constructed and built the sites we visit. From HTML and CSS to JS and Node, this course will allow you to get a holistic feel for web development.   

Java Programming Masterclass for Software Developers  

Like Python, Java is a general-purpose programming language that’ll gear you for programming. The biggest difference between the two languages is that Java is statically typed, and Python is dynamically typed. Luckily both are equally high in demand and will still be in the foreseeable future. This course will allow you to learn industry "best practices" in Java software development.  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate 

We’re only human after all and even when the world is zooming in a digital domain, there will always be a need for us to understand our own psyche. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can enable people to transform the way that they think, feel and behave. Through this course, you’ll be shown how to break through limiting self-philosophies to help yourself and others live a more empowered and autonomous life. 

This post is sponsored by Udemy produced by Brandstudio24 for Business Insider South Africa.