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Massive Open Online Courses are a great way for recent college grads to pursue lifelong learning. Image courtesy of @mathplourde.

Posted December 15, 2016 by

Four ways recent college grads benefit from completing Massive Open Online Courses

Looking for unique ways to add skills and complete classes to advance your career? Then consider completing a Massive Open Online Couse. Also known as a MOOC.

According to Techtarget.com, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), are “free Web-based distance learning programs designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed students. A MOOC may be patterned on a college or university course or may be less structured. Although MOOCs don’t always offer academic credits, they provide education that may enable certification, employment or further studies.”

Why should recent college grad consider completing a Massive Open Online Courses?

Because lifelong learning is essential to career success, and that’s exactly what Massive Open Online Courses provide. Through a MOOC, college students, recent college grads, and adult learners are able to take free classes to improve their foreign language skills, add additional tech/software skills, and/or learn about machine learning or artificial intelligence. Students can complete a MOOC to complement their current major or area of study, to learn how to start their own business, or to add critical skills to a resume. There is no limit to the course topic a MOOC can cover, and there is no limit to the location of the students completing a MOOC. As MOOCs evolve, the completion of these courses are becoming more respected by employers, and some MOOC programs offer, for a small fee, certifications and badges upon completion, which bolster the credibility of these courses.

“Taking courses online can open doors to opportunities you never thought of,” said Gelena Sachs, Director of People Operations for Udemy, the world’s largest destination for online courses. “Finding a full-time job that aligns with a major or degree, right out of college, can be the ultimate challenge for many grads. Online learning allows job seekers to further expand their skills and broaden the landscape of opportunities.”

One Udemy student, Alexa, moved to New York after graduating to pursue her dream job of working in an art gallery, but had to take another job in the meantime to pay the bills. She took courses through Udemy to learn about marketing and transformed the job she thought she’d settled for into a different kind of opportunity she never knew she wanted.

Here’s another example: Social media continues to transform industries, while the tools themselves continue to evolve. Social media careers are hot, and constantly evolving. According to Altimeter’s recent Social Business Survey, 41% of enterprise marketing teams say ‘social education and training to build new skills’ is a top priority. To meet this growing demand from employers, Hootsuite Academy offers online video-based training on social media skills and strategy at a great post-graduation price point: Free.

“Even with a diploma in hand, graduates should never stop honing their skills,” says Cameron Ugernac, Senior Director of Community and Education, Hootsuite, a leading social media management platform.

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Posted April 21, 2015 by

College Recruiting: Is There a Tipping Point Coming?

The world of college recruiting is rapidly evolving as more and more employers spend more and more resources attempting to hire the best recent graduates and students yet more of those are doing so in new and innovative ways.

In this webinar, ERE Media editor-in-chief Todd Raphael discusses with College Recruiter president Steven Rothberg the changes which are quietly occurring in this recruiting niche. (more…)

Posted May 13, 2014 by

Pursuing an Online Education? What to Know about MOOCs

Have you heard about MOOCs or massive open online courses?  These courses could be the future when it comes to getting an online education.  If you want to learn more about MOOCs relative to online learning, check out the following infographic. (more…)

Posted October 21, 2013 by

Trends in Online Education: How Technology Is Helping Nontraditional Students Succeed

Laptop with E-learning on the screen

Laptop with E-learning on the screen. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Student loan debt is in the trillions, the job market feels like it’s never going to properly recover and college tuition prices continue to rise. While it’s unlikely the United States will ever adopt free education options like many European countries, the surge in online learning technology is helping to mitigate some of these issues.

Campus Technology reports the amount of online classes students take has increased more than 96 percent over a five-year period. Online courses and degree programs provide significant advantages to students, particularly to nontraditional students who need to work around a schedule filled up with work and family obligations. As online courses and colleges continue to gain ground, the supporting technology improves, too. Let’s take a look at the trends: (more…)

Posted June 24, 2013 by

Three ways to take career-relevant courses without pursuing a degree

Computer mouse on a diploma in a blue background

Computer mouse on a diploma in a blue background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Maybe you’re at the point in your career where you don’t need another degree but you need more education. These days, with the Internet more prevalent than ever, there are plenty of ways to pursue knowledge and acquire skills formally without having to earn a college degree.

Here are three ways to take career-relevant courses as a non-degree seeking student. (more…)