Turn your hobby into a career with these 6 online courses

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Tue February 20, 2018

Story highlights

  • These six online courses from the CNN Store can help bolster your resume
  • Top picks include Android developer classes and a videography bundle

As part of an ongoing series, the CNN Underscored team showcases outstanding deals you can shop right now on the CNN Store. Each week, our staff chooses a product to feature that we think you'll love. This week, we're highlighting our favorite online courses.

Turning your passion project into your 9-to-5 is the ideal. If you can manage it, you'll get paid for doing what you love -- and really, what beats that?

The only problem is that for many, their hobbies and interests don't give them quite enough experience to qualify for a career. Thankfully, there are plenty of online courses that can help bolster your resume and even potentially lead you down a new career path. Take these six online courses available on the CNN Store, for instance. Each of them can give you in-depth knowledge in your chosen subject area and help set you up for your next big career move. They can also give you an edge on your current resume. And even if you don't decide to completely reinvent your job, you will at least be dedicating time to perfect the skill of a hobby you love.

Ahead, learn more about these comprehensive online courses, which range from computer building to photography. And who knows -- by taking one of these classes, you might find a new career.

Note: The price below reflects the listed retailer's price at the time of publication.

The Complete Android O Developer Course: Build 23 Apps ($14.99; store.cnn.com)

Looking to learn how to build an Android app from scratch? This complete developer course will help beginners learn the ins and outs of the creation process, spanning development, design, security and storage. As part of the bundle you'll receive 88 specialized lectures, including over seven hours of content. At the end of it all, you'll have almost two dozen functioning apps which you've created from scratch. Because 23 apps are better than one.

Startup School bundle ($40; store.cnn.com)

So you've got the perfect idea for a startup company, but you're not sure where to start. Enter the Startup School bundle, an in-depth guide to help you make your new business successful. The idea is that these 60-plus hours of tech and business instruction will make you a more prepared entrepreneur. A number of subject areas are offered within the bundle, including an SEO boot camp, a master class on growth hacking with digital marketing, productivity tips and tricks, and even a step-by-step guide for the modern entrepreneur. The bundle has received an impressive 5-star rating from nearly 150 customers.

Videography Bootcamp ($39; store.cnn.com)

Like photography, videography has a lot of inner workings which make it more difficult than many people realize. There's complex editing software, newer innovations like drone videography, and understanding the art of getting the right shot. The Videography Bootcamp is here to help you navigate the world of cinematography, especially if you're a creating a movie for the first time. Offered in the bundle of classes are how-to guides for understanding production software like Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as understanding a number of different filming devices like DSLR cameras, GoPros and drones. Get ready to shoot and edit stellar video content like a professional.

Ultimate Design and Animation bundle ($29; store.cnn.com)

For those looking for a hybrid between development and design, we recommend exploring animation. It marries those two skills to create exciting computer animation and games. The Ultimate Design and Animation bundle is designed to get you acquainted with all the skills you need in order to create your own digital masterpieces. With this affordable interactive boot camp, you'll be guided through over 200 hours of expert instruction to learn about computer-aided design, animation and engineering. You'll even begin to master industry-standard programs like InDesign and Photoshop. It will be a great starting point to not only diversify your resume, but help you create truly standout games and animations on your own.