Where to learn practical tech & startup skills outside of traditional education

The landscape of vocationally-driven education is rapidly changing. So many practical free and low-cost alternatives to traditional education exist both in online and in-person formats. I've compiled a list of alternative schools and online courses to pick up the sort of skills you need to break into meaningful roles in tech & startups, but if you know any other great programs, shoot them over to dan@earlywork.co and I'll add them to the list 😄

Free & Freemium

Virtual work experience programs, where top companies teach students the skills they hire for.

Advance your career with online courses in programming, data science, artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and more.

Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.

Access 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide. Gain new skills and earn a certificate of completion.

Choose from hundreds of short online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

Online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages


Online learning platform with over 30,000 classes in design, business, and more. Normally only has a 2 week free trial, but this link allows you to access a 2 month free trial. Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from signups.

Learn business, creative, and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals with over 16,000 courses.

Master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data — online or at campuses around the world.

Highly practical & employment-driven courses that help professionals stay ahead of the industry curve,

Offers programs to go from complete beginner to fully qualified designer, developer or analyst within a matter of months with a job guarantee.

Build your new career in UX design with 1 on 1 online training as well as help landing your first product design job.

High-quality, affordable video courses for coding and design. Build a website, learn a new coding language, and more.

Online classes created for students of all skill levels, with highly-vetted famous instructors.