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Make a career breakthrough in the new year with free learning

The new year is a great time to be thinking about your career and where you want to take it. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to learn new sought-after skills with IBM courses? You can enroll free of charge, work at the time and pace that’s right for you, and open up brand new career opportunities in 2021.

Six great courses

Ready to commit to building your skills? Here are six courses that will give your résumé an edge:

Introduction to Cloud | Self-paced | Badge

Companies of all sizes and domains are now shifting their environments into cloud computing. This move to the cloud can reduce costs and improve scalability. This shift also means that software developers will need to work with cloud-native applications. This course introduces you to the core concepts of cloud computing. You will gain the foundational knowledge required for understanding cloud computing from both business and practitioner perspectives.

Python for Data Science | Self-paced | Badge | 3 hours

Aspiring data scientists normally must learn at least one programming language; Python is one of the most widely used because it is easy to learn and read. This introduction to Python will kickstart your data science programming and introduce you to programming in general. This beginner-friendly Python course will take you from zero to programming in Python in a matter of hours.

Build Your Own Chatbot | Self-paced | Badge | 3 hours

This chatbot course provides a practical introduction that will teach you everything you need to know to plan, build, and deploy your first chatbot. Leveraging the cognitive computing power of Watson Assistant, you will be able to design your own chatbot without the need to write any code. You’ll also learn how to quickly deploy your chatbot on WordPress-based sites. If you want to learn how to create virtual assistants — and perhaps create one for your own business — this free chatbot course is for you.

Data Science Foundations | Self-paced | 4 Badges | 10 hours

Want to learn data science? We recommend that you start with this learning path. Dust off your lab coat, stretch your fingers, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime that will have you seeing the everyday through a new lens. This course is ideal for programmers who have experience in coding but need to fill knowledge gaps in data science in a short time.

Deep Learning | Self-paced | 3 Badges | 6 hours

Through our guided lectures and labs, you’ll first learn about neural networks and get a deep-learning overview. You’ll then get hands-on experience using the TensorFlow library to apply deep learning on different data types to solve real world problems.

Introduction to Containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift | Self-paced | Badge | 3 hours

Containers and cloud-native development are the most significant advancement in IT since the introduction of virtualization. From small startups to large multinational corporations, companies are transitioning to this technology and they are looking for developers who have the skills to help make it happen. After completing this course, you will be able to build applications the cloud-native way and be able to deploy your applications at a scale that will make Google envious.

Start today!

So what are you waiting for? Make this the year you move your career to the next level. Take advantage of these and other free courses from IBM Developer and, and start 2021 with a bang!