Improving your Skills

In these hard times, there will be students and workers who may face difficulty in obtaining a job or getting a promotion. One way to beat the competition for getting hired is by increasing your chances through online courses, MOOCs or graduate school.

There are quite a few popular online course websites which are accredited and offer valid certifications.

Coursera – Coursera’s mission is to transform lives through learning. It collaborates with colleges and universities around the world to create great online courses, certifications, as well as offers some degrees.

edX – This website hosts online course from top colleges like MIT, Harvard, and includes our very own Boston University’s courses. It hosts 2500 and growing online degrees, MicroMasters programs, as well as professional certifications.

Khanacademy – Khan Academy is a tutoring website that originally focused on K-12 education, but it has now expanded it coursework to university level tutoring that also includes undergraduate and graduate school test preparation. This includes SAT, LSAT, Praxis Core, MCAT, GMAT, IIT JEE, NCLEX-RN.

Udacity – Brings accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. It is an online university, “by Silicon Valley” industry giants—Google, AT&T, Facebook, Salesforce, Cloudera, etc. that offer Nanodegree programs and credentials, designed so professionals become Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers, etc.

Offbeat skills training websites

LinkedIn – If you are looking for professional tips, want to learn a skill, or try a hobby class, LinkedIn Learning is a great place to find it. However, it is only available if you pay for the premium subscription.

CareerOneStop – This website is a great resource for everything related to career development. Part of it hosts various certifications and trainings for professionals who want to delve deeper in their field or are looking for a career change. It is based on industry and has multiple trainings for each job role.

These are just a few resources to update your skills and develop your professional self. There are other programs out there that are specific to your field. Graduate programs are another way to improve your chances of growing your career. Whatever you may choose, remember that your professional growth takes places only when you decide to keep learning and upgrading your skills.

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