Compiled by Jeanne Stoner
If candidates have a skills gap for their target positions or want to fill a gap in their resume timeline, consider massive open online courses (MOOCs) and micro-credentialing, a learning experience to develop the qualifications you need for a new opportunity.
There are many places you can go to learn, whether you want the courses to lead to a credential or not. These services offer free or low-cost courses and some offer a low-cost credential after students complete a collection of courses.
An excellent educational platform offered by LinkedIn, which features more than 16,000 courses in seven different languages, all taught by industry experts to help users advance in their chosen fields.
Fee $29.95 per month.
Learn more here: www.linkedin.com
Coursera is a world-wide online learning platform founded in 2012 by Stanford computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in various subjects, such as engineering, data science, machine learning, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, humanities, medicine, biology, social science, and others.
Employers value these offerings because you can take courses from top universities such as Duke, Harvard, and Stanford, then add those micro-credentials to your resume.
Learn more here: https://www.coursera.org/
edX Courses, Programs & Degrees
edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.
As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location, and access. They provide the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs.
Learn more here: http://www.edx.org
GCF Global Learning
Whether you’re new to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), or want to refresh your skills, this is FREE online learning to advance your Microsoft Office computer skills. Lessons offer a mix of text, video, interactives, and challenges to practice what you learn.
Learn more here: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/subjects/microsoft-office/
Micro-credentials are mini qualifications that demonstrate skills, knowledge, or experience in a given subject area or capability. Also known as nano degrees, micro-credentials tend to be narrower in range than traditional qualifications like diplomas or degrees. However, they can also be broad in focus rather than specific.
Thousands of people have earned micro-credentials to develop job-specific skills found through a wide variety of online learning universities or company-specific training offers.
Udemy is the leading global marketplace for teaching and learning, connecting millions of students to the skills they need to succeed. Faculty includes 57K Instructors, teaching 150K Courses.
Are you interested in Project Management Certification? You can find a cost-effective offering at $400.
Learn more here: https://www.udemy.com
Salesforce is one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., projected to offer 3.3M new jobs by 2022. The tool brings companies together, uniting marketing, sales, eCommerce, service, and I.T. teams from anywhere with Customer 360—the world’s #1 integrated CRM platform that powers an entire suite of connected apps.
Grow your resume with skill-based credentials. Collect badges and points while you learn Salesforce to celebrate your hard-earned skills. When you are ready, put your skills to the test by earning super badges and Salesforce certifications to prove you got what it takes to tackle complex, real-world challenges – all while gaining valuable credentials that employers know and trust.
Learn more here: https://www.salesforce.com/services/learn/overview/
Technical support is a dynamic field projected to grow 10% between 2018 and 2028—faster than the average of all other occupations. And the median salary is $53,470, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
In the U.S., there are 215,000+ open I.T. support roles. Two I.T. credentials help address gaps in the workforce.
The Google I.T. Support Professional Certificate introduces you to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security — all the fundamentals of I.T. support is critical for success in the workplace.
The Google I.T. Automation with Python Professional Certificate builds on your I.T. foundations to help you take your career to the next level. This program teaches you in-demand skills like programming in Python, Git, advanced troubleshooting, and I.T. automation techniques.
Learn more here: https://grow.google/programs/it-support/ or https://www.coursera.org/
Microsoft I.T. Certifications
Microsoft certifications help you earn specific skills and enhance your expertise. Certifications are offered in five areas, each with specialization tracks.
Whether you are an application developer, system engineer, technical consultant, or network administrator, you will find valuable micro-credential offerings.Learn more here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/