What Do Skills Have to Do With It?
Every skill you acquire is one more that can differentiate you from your competition and give you the edge when it comes to getting hired (or rehired).
Historically, expanding your job skills could be an expensive proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you can learn new skills for FREE…if you know where to look. Here are a few great places to start:
- MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are free, online versions of courses offered by some of the top universities in the world. Sites like Courser and edX offer thousands of college classes for free. For a small fee, some even provide an option to receive an official credential that certifies you successfully completed the course.
- If you have a degree from just about any college or trade school, be sure to check out your alma mater’s Career Services office. They often have a huge range of services available to alumni who need help finding a job or new training. After all, it’s in their best interest to have their graduates in good jobs. Don’t be shy about contacting them to find out what they can do for you.
- Many technology companies offer free online training for skills related to their products. If you’re looking to brush up on your IT skills, check out Microsoft’s Virtual Academy for a variety of free courses that range from basic to advanced coding. Google offers free training on their popular Analytics platform if you’re interested in expanding your repertoire of online marketing skills. And Codeacademy offers a wide range of free, high-quality interactive courses for anyone who’s interesting in learning coding.
- For non-techies, Alison.com, GCF LearnFree, LearnThat and MentorMob, all offer training on a wide variety of topics ranging from basic job skills to entrepreneurship.
- The U.S. Department of Labor operates One-Stop Career Centers in every state in the U.S. These centers often offer free training in basic career skills and provide resources that can help you locate other free training opportunities in your community.
So get going. Pick up some new skills or brush up on old ones. With so many free sources out there, there’s no excuse not to start today!