Stuck in a dead end job? Lack the skills to climb the ladder? Don’t have a job at all? Whether your education stopped at high school or you’ve earned a college degree, maybe you could use some additional training to help boost your career to the next level. Most major cities have adult education centers that offer professional development courses. There are also several online resources that can help you learn new skills. Here’s how to find the best educational resource for you.
If you’re working with a tight budget and trying to pay off credit card debt, then an increase of income could be the best thing to help you get on track with your finances. But that’s easier said than done. If you’re stuck in a career that doesn’t earn enough money, then you need to find a way to learn a new skill to boost your earning potential. Education can be expensive, but there are options that are affordable, and even some that are free.
Adult Education in Your Area
As mentioned above, most major cities have some sort of educational center for adults. Search for one in your area. You can also enroll in courses at local universities and community colleges. Maybe you’re interested in earning a degree or certification. Look up their available programs and see if there’s something that is affordable that will also help you advance your career.
Online Educational Resources
There are several reputable online organizations that offer a multitude of professional development courses. Here are some popular websites to check out.
Udemy.com – With over 7 million users and over 30,000 courses, Udemy has one of the most extensive collections of video-based tutorials on the web. Courses are be purchased individually, and cover a wide range of topics and disciplines.
Lynda.com – Like Udemy, Lynda has an extensive library of video-based tutorials. This site is subscription based, so you can access all of the courses you want on a month-by-month basis.
Free Educational Resources
Library – Your first option is, of course, your local library. You can find books on any subject, and make requests for the ones they don’t have. This method takes a lot of drive and determination, as there is no instructor to teach and motivate you. You’ll learn at your own pace, but you also need to push yourself to retain and use the information you find.
KhanAcademy.org – A nonprofit organization that started as a tutoring service has blossomed into a great resource for online education. Topics include math, history,economics, computer science, test prep, and more. Khan Academy is more geared towards academic subjects than professional development.
Coursera.org – Coursera offers a selection of free online courses offered by some of the most prestigious insitiutions in the world, including Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and more.
EdX.org – Also offers free courses offered from various institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, Cal Tech, Dartmouth, and more.
See if any of these resources offer courses in an area of your interest, or in your current industry. You can even inquire with your employer about potentially sponsoring your education. After all, your advanced education can only help the company.
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