We all know that you can use the internet (which is one of the very few man-made miracles) to watch funny videos with cats…and dogs, adapt ourselves to new kinds of language (catto and doggo), but how about learning online?
There’s all kinds of servers which offer free courses and you can hook up your CV with a Google Logo and a certificate issued by Google itself – for free! Or you can study something that’s your hobby and get some sort of certification, which, you can later use to get a job doing what you like. Options are endless, perhaps there might be fields which don’t have many courses but… you can see yourself, anyway, let’s start with the first recommendation.
The digital garage offers one of the most comprehensive courses you can find online and that you can finish and get certified in for free. That is the ‘foundation of digital marketing’. Now, this could be quite difficult for you if you’ve never even smellt something about marketing, but if you atleast had a website you wanted to attract traffic to, or ran some kind of business, you’ll find it incredibly easy. Since it’s the basics it sometimes gets a bit boring, but honestly, you cannot get much better foundation in digital marketing than this course. So, try it. Also, once you’re on the digital garage website, you can take a look around, there’s a ton of other free courses too. Only the marketing one is with certification though.
For illustration you can also enter courses like:
Saylor academy story begins with one man, who believes you shouldn’t be in debt-for-life for education. More education means better future for everyone. So, Saylor.org offers a ton of courses, some of which have credits even transferrable to UK universities. The basic idea is that if you live in a less-developed country where you have to be in debt for an incredible ammount of time to get education (typically USA), you’ll study on saylor, transfer your credits to a university and finish your degree for much less.
My recommendation is to use saylor if you want to improve your skills or just want to get certification/diploma for something you already know. You can go to the final exam even if you haven’t gone through the complete course. Then you can boast with your achievement on your CV or your LinkedIn profile.
Currently there’s about 300 hundred courses ranging from arts, to philosophy, to physics.
From this list, Alison is by far the most comprehensive. The courses range from what would be primarily perceived as hobbies (photography), to an in-depth course on machine learning, programming, or business.
Now, regarding a sort of certification, Alison works a bit differently. Since they need some sort of income to bring courses, you have two options. Either you pay for access or you get annoyed by pop-up ads. After you finish the course, you get a ‘letter of completion’, which I kind of believe is better than a certificate since it shows a bit more of what was in the course. The drawback here is, that you can’t skip the course and go to the exam, since Alison wants you to really study. The final exams are a bit harder then everywhere else and you need 80% to pass. I’d give Alison the best mark for credibility of their certifications.
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