Online learning sites

Online learning to boost your career

Looking for online learning to boost your career? I’m going to share three of the most popular online learning sites offering thousands of amazing courses you can take right from your own home.

Online courses are a fantastic way to keep learning throughout your life both personally and professionally.

While non-accredited online courses are not a replacement for formal qualifications, there are many benefits to online learning. The biggest advantages of online learning are convenience, accessibility, and the number of opportunities available.

So here they are, three great online learning sites to boost your career:

Edx

Edx.org was founded in 2012 by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists. In the time since, it’s become one of the most popular MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in the world. Edx offers courses from universities such as Harvard, MIT and Berkeley in the US and many other universities across the globe.

You can ‘audit’ a course (take it for free), only paying a fee if you wish to be certified. This involves taking a verified track where you sit exams at key points throughout the course.

Whether you want to learn Agile Project Management or Python Programming, or study Climate Change Education or Microeconomics, you will find quality learning from reputable institutes from around the world to advance your career.

Coursera

Coursera.org boasts being one of the largest providers of MOOCs (massive open online courses) in the world. Whether you’re looking to take a short course as an introduction to a topic or take your career to the next level with a master’s degree, you’re bound to find something of interest.

Coursera offers courses on a wide range of topics from universities and organisations around the world from The Science of Wellbeing at Yale to Mathematics for Machine Learning at Imperial College London.

You can audit a course for free or pay a certification fee to gain a certificate of completion which is a great way to enhance your CV and LinkedIn profile (Coursera certificates are directly shareable to LinkedIn). 

Udemy 

Udemy.com offers over 100,000 courses on a wide range of topics including business and entrepreneurship, technology, the arts, language, music, health, and fitness. While you can learn job related skills via the Udemy online learning platform, it also offers a lot of hobby courses you might take for personal interest rather than helping to enhance your CV.

One of the downsides to Udemy is that anyone can publish a course there. But that can be positive in that talented people who might not not be qualified trainers are able to share their knowledge and expertise. You can preview most courses and previous student reviews and ratings are helpful. Some of the most popular personal interest courses on Udemy are photography, how to play a musical instrument like the piano or guitar, and personal development courses.

Udemy can be a good option for those looking for general learning. For instance, if you’re looking for introductory courses or hobby courses, it can be a great option. But since Udemy courses don’t publish as many professional courses as Edx and Coursera do, it’s probably not the best choice if you’re looking for online learning to boost your career.

Summary

No matter what you want to learn, there is likely to be a course available at one of these three popular online learning sites to suit your needs. Some of the best universities from around the world offer a range of courses from short tasters through to master’s level qualifications.

When looking for a course, be clear about your motives. Are you learning for fun or are you looking for a course that will enhance your career prospects? If you are looking to gain a recognized qualification, make sure you choose a reputable and registered training organisation, college, or university.  Take the time to do your homework. Check reviews and rankings to help you make the right choice. 

If you’re not sure which course would be the most beneficial for your career, consider working with a qualified career coach who can help you decide.

Lisa LaRue is The Career Happiness Coach. She is a registered career development professional with over 20 years’ experience helping people plan, manage and find happiness in their careers.

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