Looking to learn something new this year? Here’s where to upskill in Hong Kong.
Whether for career progression or personal improvement, it’s never a bad idea to set yourself the challenge of learning something new. Not only can a new skill give you an edge in your current career pathway, but it can also open up opportunities to transform your life completely! With this in mind, we’ve hunted high and low for the very best upskilling opportunities across the city. From business skills and coding courses, to creative photography and digital design, here’s where to upskill in Hong Kong.
Where To Upskill In Hong Kong
Preface Coding is an industry-leading coding academy known for specialising in personalised coding courses engineered to fulfil each individual’s needs. Over the years, Preface has trained over 10,000 individuals around the globe and has collaborated with international giants including Facebook, WeWork, Michael Page, MIT, Warner Music and Morgan Stanley. Its “Battle-tested Educators” use real-world assignments and business case studies to train you, resulting in the job-ready skills you need to become a tech-savvy professional. Preface offers two key tracks for adults: one focusing on Data Science and A.I. with Python, the other on Full Stack Web Development; courses are available in both one-on-one and Boot Camp formats.
New to coding? Not to worry! Tecky Academy offer part-time fundamental courses in A.I. & Programming that will help kickstart your programming journey – no prior experience needed! The academy also offers more advanced courses for those who are looking to build upon their basic skills.
Tecky Academy, Room 2715-16 & 515-516, One Midtown, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9725 6400
Though its Hong Kong campus has sadly closed, General Assembly lives on in the form of online classes covering everything from digital marketing, data analysis, software engineering and more. Balancing flexibility (students can learn from anywhere, on their own schedule) with one-to-one mentorship support sessions, General Assembly is unrivalled in its award-winning experiential education offering.
Sassy Tip: Not sure if you’re ready to commit to a full course? Look out for General Assembly’s free online events, designed to give you a taster of what’s to come.
Anyone who works in the digital realm will be very familiar with Google’s web analytics service. But how well do you actually know how to use it? Yes, that’s what we thought. Luckily for us, Google has gone ahead and set up a free Google Analytics Academy, featuring a series of online courses that covers all the ins and outs of the programme.
Google Analytics Academy, analytics.google.com/analytics/academy
From finance to accounting, writing and languages, HKU Space offers a wide range of part-time short courses for English language students. We love the amount of choice on offer here, making it our first port of call when it comes to upskilling in Hong Kong. Plus, given its affiliation with the prestigious University of Hong Kong, you can be sure that HKU Space has the quality to match.
If you’re looking to improve your skills in delivering presentations, writing effective emails or communicating better with clients and colleagues, British Council have you covered with its Professional Business Skills courses. Specially designed to help you operate in the East Asia business environment, it offers six 12-hour modules to choose from that will put your new skills into action through realistic and authentic activities and case studies.
Boasting years of experience in design education, HKDI is a breeding ground for emerging design talents in product design, visual communication, design and technology and more. In addition to providing over 20 design programmes, HKDI offers students access to interdisciplinary platforms through its Knowledge Centres and enables them to engage in projects with industry partners.
Calling all creatives! Looking to brush up on your photography skills? Look no further than Click852. Its popular Camera Basics class is just the thing to help beginners get to grip with the basics of camera settings and different creative effects. Perfect for any ad-hoc photography or Insta-snapping your work might call for!
Do you have a passion for all things interiors? A career in interior design could be your calling, and Insight School is here to help. With over 20 short courses, part-time and full-time certificates, and a diploma in Residential and Commercial Interior Design to choose from, Insight boasts a range of flexible upskilling options (designed to cater to both amateurs and professionals alike). All courses benefit from expert instruction from industry professionals, while many of the certificate and diploma courses incorporate real-world projects, giving you the opportunity to gain as much experience as possible before stepping out on your own.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January, 2020 and was most recently updated in June 2021 by Nicole Moraleda.