5 Useful Skills You Can Learn in 1 Week or Less

Many adults are not thrilled by the idea of learning a new skill. Reasons can vary, but one of the most common is the lack of time.

There are smart ways to fit learning into your busy schedule. But the better news is: there are some basic but important skills that you can learn in a short amount of time. Here are 5 skills that can take a week or less to learn.

Basic First Aid / CPR

You never know when you may need this skill — at home, at work, or on the street. But knowing CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and first aid could mean the difference between life and death for someone — even people you love.

You do not need to be a medical professional to learn first aid skills. First aid training is important for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Workplace safety regulations also require companies to have employees who are trained in first aid.

Basic first aid training can run between 3 to 8 hours, which is a good thing for people with busy schedules. It means that it doesn’t take much to learn lifesaving skills.

Search for basic life support, first aid, and other Emergency Medical Services.

Basic or Advanced Excel

A working knowledge in Microsoft Excel is not only for number-crunching jobs like accounting and finance. As one of the most widely used productivity tools in business, Excel is usually one of the basic skills that employers look for, especially in applicants with no prior work experience. Any job that requires organization or analysis of data, generation of reports, or creation of graphs need at least basic Excel skills.

So whether you are a programmer, a teacher, a marketing professional, or an administrative assistant, you need at least basic Excel skills to make your job easier. Basic or Advanced Excel courses can run between a half-day session and 2-day intensive training. Not bad for a skill that you can use in almost any field, right?

Search for training courses on Word, Excel, and other Office Applications.


Basic Digital Marketing / Social Media / SEO

Almost everyone is now online, especially in social media. So, naturally, businesses want to be where their customers are. This is why digital marketing is fast becoming one of the most in-demand skills today.

Of course, mastering any skill takes time. But for digital marketing, it’s easy enough to start with the basics especially if you’re naturally digital savvy. A Social Media Marketing basic course or workshop can run between 1 to 2 days, and it’s enough to get you a head start if you’re just starting to explore this field (or if you suddenly found yourself with the task of managing your company’s Facebook page).

Search Engine Optimization or SEO training also only takes a day to cover the basics. But if you’re serious about building a career in this field, you have to be willing to keep learning new trends and technology.

Search for training courses on social media, SEO, and other digital marketing skills.

Basic Foreign Language

Science has, time and again, proven that learning a new language has many benefits to one’s health, career, and personal life. It opens a world of possibilities and opportunities and makes traveling easier. But it doesn’t mean that you need to learn everything about the language or become very fluent to be able to reap these rewards.

Learning a few phrases, basic grammar, or basic writing shouldn’t take you more than a week to learn. These should be enough for you to survive a few days in a foreign country or a build a solid foundation for a more intensive language course.

Search for Japanese, Korean, French, and other foreign language courses.


You do not need to be an Accounting professional to make use of basic Accounting skills. From making a simple budget to filing your income taxes to making personal investments, knowledge of numbers come in handy.

A half-day or 1-day income tax course or seminar can help you understand how much tax you are paying out of your salary, and what are the legal allowable deductions that can lower your taxes. If you are a self-employed professional, a freelancer, or an entrepreneur, you should also know how to file your own income tax and what other taxes are applicable to you.

Search for Accounting courses and seminars.