Classes and workshops for improving job skills in NYC

Improve your marketability at these learning centers, which offer classes and workshops to help boost your job skills.

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Brooklyn Brainery time out, Photograph: courtesy of the Broo

If you want to augment your résumé, consider taking a class at one of these learning centers in New York City, which offer courses to boost your job skills. Whether you're looking to learn a new language or master a Web-based program, or simply seeking career advice, there's a workshop to fulfill your career-improving needs.

New York Public Library: Science, Industry and Business Library

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Free

In addition to offering free courses such as “Handling Difficult Interview Questions” (Aug 14) and “Résumé Renovation” (Aug 16), this branch of the NYPL is also home to Job Search Central, a comprehensive career department. You can sign up for a coaching session led by one of the library’s career counselors; jobless millennials, meanwhile, can join the Drop-In Job Club, a networking session for twentysomething college grads. • (917-275-6975,

  1. 188 Madison Ave between 34th and 35th Sts
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Brooklyn Brainery

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This Brooklyn academy offers classes covering all manner of topics, from the history of the Gowanus Canal to perfecting your cursive technique. But you can also learn vocational skills: Upcoming sessions include “How to Run an Effective Meeting” (Tue 7 at 8:15pm; $11) and “How to be a Connector” (Aug 14 at 8:30pm; $11), about improving your networking capabilities (the latter class is full, but wait-list spots are available). • (

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  1. 515 Court St at 9th St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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ABC Language Exchange

Make your résumé stand out by adding this eminently marketable skill: proficiency in another language. You can study to become fluent in a number of languages, including Spanish, French and Chinese/Mandarin, at this language institute. Tutorials include beginner and intermediate levels, which meet weekly and will set you back anywhere from $190 to $390. • (212-563-7580,

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  1. 146 W 29th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, suite 6E

The Career Center

Registered with the New York State Education Department, this tech-savvy institute offers computer classes for all levels and skill sets. Learn the basics of software like Microsoft Excel (Fri 10; $229), as well as programs targeted at specific careers, including graphic design (Adobe Photoshop; Aug 25; $325) or accounting (QuickBooks; Aug 15, 17; $398). • (212-684-5151,

  1. 185 Madison Ave between 34th and 35th Sts, suite 1104


Aspiring journos and industry vets alike can fine-tune their craft at this media hub’s seminars. Improve your writing with courses such as Intro to Magazine Writing (Sept 10–Nov 5; $499) and Intro to Copy Editing (Thu 9–Aug 30; $350). The center also offers sessions in SEO writing (Aug 21, 28; $250), video editing (Sept 22; $225) and other Web-based skills. • (212-389-2000,

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  1. 475 Park Ave South between 31st and 32nd Sts, fourth floor

Institute of Culinary Education

Workshops at this food-focused center run the gamut from short courses on knife skills and vegetarian cuisine, to daylong sessions that teach the basics of cooking. Food professionals will also find sessions to strengthen their skills or take them out of the kitchen altogether: Those who want to start a mobile venture can sign up for “How to Start Your Own Food Truck Business” (Aug 18, 19; $220), taught by David Weber, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar cofounder and NYC Food Truck Association president. • (212-847-0700,

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  1. 50 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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