lawrence picture Welcome to Online Courses & Certifications! I’m Desmond Chong,and I’m passionate about online education and learning.

I graduated from University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in computer science and education. While I learned a lot from the school, it was nothing compared to what I learned online and through other resources.

During COVID I was laid off from my job as an IT technician. It was during this time where rather than sit around on my hands, I decided to start studying online. I took numerous classes on Coursera, udemy, and more platforms in addition to just picking up skills from random online tutorials. Eventually, I decided to get a number of certifications not only in programming but also in digital marketing. This helped me eventually land a job that I really enjoy that combines both skills as a software engineer at a digital marketing company.

However, I had to go through a LOT of trial and error to find good courses and platforms. I paid hundreds of dollars and spent dozens of hours going through courses, many of which weren’t good and some I considered to be a waste of time.

As more people learn online I wanted to create a resource to help people save time and money so that they could learn faster and get jobs quicker. This means weeding out bad courses and recommending the courses I have tried and tested. While I gained a lot of great knowledge during my experience, I believe my experiences can help people be more efficient. 

My time spent learning online did not go to waste – I fell in love with taking random courses online, something I struggled with before. Although I work and write on this blog, I continue to take more and more classes in various subjects to quench my thirst for knowledge.