In today’s job market where the job landscape is changing, it will be helpful for people to acquire new skills.
It will help job-seekers to reach out to employers and, as Terry Brock states, “Find those skills that employers need and learn those skills” (Brock, 2017).
While readers have often heard that advice many times, there frequently seems to be a knowledge gap in where to find new skills. However, the good news is, in the digital age in which we live, there are a variety of websites, some free and some fee-based, where people can acquire new skills.
A scenario would be that a job-seeker has done some informational interviewing with an employer, and the employer has told the job-seeker the skills that are needed to work in the company. Based on that conversation, job-seekers can look through the websites below to acquire new skills or refresh old skills. Even if you have not done informational interviewing but you know the type of skills your industry needs, the Web sites below can help you acquire those skills. You can then list the classes you have successfully completed on your resume to show to employers, or network with employers and tell them you have completed industry-specific courses.
Lynda can be accessed for free through the Memphis Public Library by using your library card. There are over 3,400 courses covering many topics at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Topics include, but are not limited to, Business, Design, Developer, Information Technology, Marketing, Web, Photography, and Video. At the end of some courses you can print a certificate. There are also exercise files to practice your learning.
Subjects range from Microsoft Office and Email to Reading, Math, Workplace Skills, and more. There are over 180 topics, over 2,000 lessons, more than 800 videos, and more than 55 interactives and games. All of this learning is free. Learners can complete entire courses or view tutorials. Classes are accredited and the program is accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training. Users can earn an Achievement of Completion certificate after viewing every page of a self-paced tutorial. Then, the user can download and print that certificate. The Achievement of Completion certificate is different than the Certificate of Completion learners would receive from the Online Class Program, which is accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training.
Alison offers a variety of free online diploma course, Business and Enterprise Skills, Digital Literacy and IT skills, Personal Development and Soft Skills, Languages, Schools Curriculum, Health and Safety and Compliance, Health Literacy, Financial and Economic Literacy, and others. There are free study groups available; however, there are optional fees for add-ons such as certifications and ad-free services. You can download the learner record for free and show it to employers and keep it for yourself. Though you may have to pay a fee for the diploma certificate, achieving this certificate will show your interest and skills in the subject to employers.
Udemy is an online platform where users pay a fee to take online courses to gain skills. There are over 45,000 courses taught by experts. Content areas are Development (Web, Software, E-Commerce, etc.), Business, IT & Software, Office Productivity, Personal Development, Design, Marketing, Lifestyle, Photography, Health & Fitness, Teacher Training, Music, Academics, Language, and Test Prep.
Coursera is an online platform where users can pay a fee to take courses to gain technology skills that can aid them in their job search. Coursera partners with well-known and respected universities in the U.S. At the end of each course the learner receives a certificate that s/he can share with employers. Courses are in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Life Sciences, Math & Logic, Personal Development, Physical Science & Engineering, Social Sciences, Language Learning.
Tutsplus is a Web site where learners can take courses on Design & Illustration, Coding, Web Design, Photo & Video, Business, Music & Audio, 3D & Motion Graphics. How-To tutorials on those courses and tutorials on Game Development and Computer Skills are also accessible to users. Users pay a small fee for each course. There are over 900 video courses, expert instructors, no ads, and learners can receive instruction on their mobile devices.
This platform has over 15,000 classes in the areas of Design, Business, Technology, Photography, Film, Writing, Crafts, and Culinary. Users can also teach a class. Scholarships are available to take courses. There are also a variety of free classes.
This site offers learners to learn how to code … for free. The Web site is heavy on technology and offers coding courses on making a Web site, Rails, AngularJS, SQL, Java, HTML & CSS, and others.
Source article: Brock, T. (2017, March 23). How to acquire the skills you need now and in the future. In Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/growth-strategies/2017/03/how-to-acquire-the-skills-you-need-now-and-in-the.html