Looking to learn something new this year? Here’s where to upskill in Hong Kong.
Whether for reasons of 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 new 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 language and tech courses, to creative photography and interior design, here’s where to upskill in Hong Kong.
Designed and certified by the Digital Marketing Institute, Bonfire Media recruits the city’s best digital media experts to teach top strategic and practical digital marketing best practices. Its flagship Digital Marketing Certification Course (which includes both full and part-time options), features modules including “Social Media Marketing”, “SEO” and “Paid Search”. Perfect for anyone in the field of online content!
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 have the ability to 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 events, designed to give you a taster of what’s to come.
Google Analytics Academy
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 created 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
Code for HK
Thanks to the rapid rate of tech advancement, it’s not just software engineers and programmers who need to know about coding these days. But fear not, coding is something that even the tech-averse can get on board with, thanks to Code for HK’s beginners classes. While the syllabus includes everything from Design Thinking to Big Data and AI, its Code for HK’s Python classes are the star of the show – no prior experience necessary!
Here to bridge the tech talent gap in Hong Kong, Xccelerate is another school to look into if you’re interested in seeing where coding can take you. Its part-time evening and weekend courses (covering coding, data science, Python and user experience) are perfect for beginners looking to dip their toes in the tech education waters. For those in the market for something a little more advanced, we recommend taking a look at Xccelerate’s full-time immersive offerings.
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 Hong Kong University, you can be sure that HKU Space has the quality to match.
HKU Space, 3762 6262, hkuspace.hku.hk
Insight School of Interior Design
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 make that happen. 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.
Hong Kong Photography Workshop
Calling all creatives! Looking to brush up on your photography skills? Look no further than Hong Kong Photography Workshop. Its popular “Photography 101” class for beginners is just the thing to help you 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!