5 Skillshare Classes That Can Springboard You to Six-Figure Careers

Looking for a change of pace in your career? Check out these 5 Skillshare classes that could introduce you to exciting (and lucrative) career paths. 

Work is always work. And while Blink-182’s timeless maxim, “late night, come home, work sucks, I know” rings as true today as it did 16 years ago (has it really been 16 years? Holy cow!) we’re living in an exciting time where there are more career options than ever for people to explore. Jobs like Data Visualization Analyst, Social Media Manager, and Machine Learning Engineer didn’t even exist 10 years ago — some sound like they come out of a science fiction movie, and others sound like jobs you already pretty much do in your free time. 

What’s even cooler is that many of these career paths pay high salaries, and while you don’t necessarily need money to find happiness, it certainly helps make things a bit easier (sort of like how technically, you don’t need to know how to ice skate to have fun at an ice skating rink, but we can all agree that the people who know how to ice skate are probably starting with an advantage). 

While many people might want to explore new careers, it can feel extremely hard to get started. What skills do you need for these jobs, and where do you even begin? Many people may not even know what a career in web development is, let alone understand if they’re ready to uproot their entire lives to pursue it. Luckily, Skillshare offers over 17,000 classes in a huge variety of subjects — everything from iPhone app development to grilled cheese creation. And even though taking one of these classes won’t get you a $100,000 a year job right away (many of these career paths take years of disciplined study and practice), they’ll help build solid foundations and can serve as a great first step to see if certain careers are right for you.

Who knows? You may discover your next calling. 

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What would you do as a front-end engineer?

What does the website that lets you order cookies at 3am have in common with the program that lets NASA engineers analyze the navigational vectors of rockets? They both have a complicated “back-end” that sorts and manipulates data, and they both have a “front-end” layer that allows someone to actually use it...That and the fact that ordering cookies could seem as difficult as rocket science at 3 in the morning. 

The front-end engineer’s job, simply put, is to build the front end of the website! Buttons, scroll bars, popups, text boxes, color selections, pictures — if the user can click, read, drag, drop, or otherwise interact with it, it’s probably contained within the occupational wheelhouse of the front-end developer. The tricky part is that the front-end engineer needs to write code that effectively communicates with the data intensive processes happening on the back-end. Think of a website as a car: the back-end is like the engine, with the average user not really having much of an idea what the heck is going on (besides your Uncle Jim who’s into restoring old muscle cars). The front-end on the other hand is sorta like the wheel, the dashboard, and the pedals — it’s the part of the car that lets the average person drive. Front-end developers build the part of the website that lets average people use the website. 

How much money could you make?

The average salary for front-end engineers is $100,025 per year

How would this class help you get started?

An Online Skillshare Class by Danny Florian

Build a Website with HTML, CSS and Javascript is the perfect introduction for folks who want to become more familiar with web development. Aside from building a website from scratch, you’ll learn about three critical tools all aspiring front-end engineers should know — HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Taught by front-end web developer Danny Florian, the course has over 2750 students and a 100% positive review rating. Would you see a movie that had a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Heck yes! If you’re looking for a career change and aren’t sure about web development, this class is the perfect way to dip your toes in the water without diving in completely. 

2) The Modern Marketing Workshop for VP of Marketing:

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What would you do as a VP of Marketing?

The main questions of marketing are as old as humanity itself: how do we send a message that inspires people to take an action? Whether you’re asking people to buy your Bluetooth nose hair trimmer, or you’re rallying villagers to war, marketing gets the job done. As the VP of Marketing, you’d be leading an entire company’s marketing strategy — communicating directives down to the marketing managers and back up to the leadership team. Mainly, you’d be interested in figuring out what channels are most effective at acquiring users and how much money the company should allocate to each channel.

In other words, you’d be asking yourself “what works,” and "how much do we need to spend to make it work?” You’d be managing digital ad campaigns, working on SEO strategies, email marketing campaigns, social media channels, and copywriting tactics, as well as steering the company’s general branding and positioning strategies. It’s a lot of responsibility to have on one plate; a VP of Marketing can also be seen as the Chief Executive Juggler. Perhaps most critically, the VP of Marketing needs to have a solid foundation in marketing tactics and an innate understanding of what methods a company’s users will respond to. 

How much money could you make?

The average salary for a VP of Marketing is $139,372 per year


How would this class help you get started?

An Online Skillshare Class by Seth Godin

If you’re looking to build a solid foundation in marketing, look no further than Seth Godin’s essential class The Modern Marketing Workshop. For those of you who don’t know, Seth Godin is a marketing legend and TED Talk guru who created the concept of “Permission Marketing.” In this extensive marketing workshop you’ll learn how to “spot opportunities, avoid pitfalls, and grow relevant metrics into meaningful action.” With just over 2 hours of video content, more than 50 pages of supplemental readings, and majorly insightful worksheets, this class is a must-watch for both aspiring CMOs as well as career-changers who want to see if marketing’s right for them. 

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What would you do as a Mobile Engineer?

If you’ve ever been on a date with someone who spends 80% of the time texting their friends and 20% of the time listening to you talk about your cat, you know that our phones are constantly fighting everything else for our attention. We love our phones. And because of that simple fact, companies are hard at work coming up with new ways for us to consume mobile content — be it video, music, games, or articles. The heroes who create these bite sized smartphone apps are the mobile engineers.

Mobile engineers face a lot of the same problems that traditional software engineers grapple with, except they’re more concerned with how the mobile medium affects a user’s experience. And because mobile engagement is growing at an astounding rate, good mobile engineers are in crazy high demand. Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or the millions of other programs that aren’t primarily concerned with exchanging selfies, mobile apps and the people who build them are key to our 21st century economy and culture. 

How much money could you make?

The average salary for a Mobile Engineer is $114,641 per year

How would this class help you get started?

An Online Skillshare Class by Paul Solt

Any mobile-engineer-to-be would benefit from Paul Solt’s class Make iPhone Apps with Swift and iOS 8. It serves as the perfect Step 1 for creative folks with an idea for a killer app. In just 7 hours, you can go from mobile app novice to the proud creator of 3 distinct iPhone apps. The class will give you hands-on experience building real apps that highlight key mobile development concepts. It’s a real “learn by doing” experience, and at the end of it, you’ll even get a chance to publish your app on the App Store.

4) Intro to UX: Fundamentals of Usability for Senior UX Designer:

 
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What would you do as a Senior UX Designer?

If you’ve ever clicked “checkout” on a website — a website which then brings you to 9 different pages before finally asking you to enter your credit card information, upon which a popup informs you that, actually, the product you wanted in the first place is out of stock — you can pretty confidently say you’ve had a negative user experience. User Experience (UX) Designers are concerned with the usability and accessibility of their digital product, and the pleasure people get when interacting with it.

The reason for this? Engineers design software for efficiency, but oftentimes they  disregard how the user will actually be interacting with the product. Engineers can be like high school essay writers, re-writing the same sentence 100 times in a row. Eventually you totally forget what you were trying to convey in the first place. The UX Designer acts as the intermediary between the engineer and the user. They make it their job to understand what the product is meant to do and how that purpose reconciles with a user’s wants and needs. 

A UX Designer’s bread and butter are wireframes (drawn diagrams and layouts for a possible website), user testing (when users interact with a website in a controlled environment), user personas (different demographics of users that would be most likely to use the product), and situational context (scenarios where you’d figure out when a user would be interacting with your product). 

How much money could you make?

The average median salary for a Senior UX Designer is $113,896 per year

How would this class help you get started?

An Online Skillshare Class by Marieke McCloskey

If you’re looking to peek into the world of UX Design, look no further than Intro to UX: Fundamentals of Usability. It has over 2600 students and a 96% positive review rating. Marieke McCloskey (the Director of Research at user experience research platform User Testing), provides a deep dive into usability, including “what it means, why it matters, and how you can optimize your product, service, or business.”

The class is only 90 minutes long, and by the course’s end, you’ll have the frameworks, skills, and strategies to design an A+ user experience. Perfect starting point for any Senior UX Designer in the making.

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What would you do?

This is far and away the most ambiguous job description on this list — some CEOs would probably even pay thousands of dollars to hear an accurate answer to this question. While the responsibilities of a CEO vary across industries and company stages, all businesses need someone steering the ship. 

As a CEO, you’d set the overall direction and strategy for your company, recruit and manage an all-star leadership team, guide the company’s culture, and figure out what initiatives are worth spending money on in order to create shareholder value. You’d be the Yoda to a company’s Jedi Council, the head honcho, the brains behind the operation. Like Atlas supporting the Earth, the company would sit upon your shoulders, and its success or failure would ultimately come down to your vision and execution. Put simply — you’re the boss. 

How much money could you make?

The average salary for a CEO is $170,409 per year.

How would this class help you get started?

Another home run from our man Seth Godin. While you’re probably not going to go from zero to CEO hero in a snap (unless you’re Mark Zuckerberg...if you are Mark Zuckerberg could you please stop broadcasting to my network whenever I like a sloth video? I like A LOT of sloth videos and I don’t need my Aunt getting notified about every single one. Thanks). The New Business Toolbox: Help Your New Business Do It Right The First Time will teach you the most important practical advice required to run a business. He’ll go over concepts like forming a business model, funding, hiring, naming conventions, partnerships, cash flow, and corporate positioning. Whether you’re starting your first business or becoming the CEO of a billion dollar enterprise, this class is a must watch.  


Whether you're actively looking to change careers or you're just seeing what else is out there, these 5 Skillshare classes serve as perfect introductions to exciting careers.

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