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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 July 07, 2015 by

Online Education: Which Programs Are the Best and Worst to Choose From?

Are you considering an online education?  If so, you want to make sure you do your research so that you decide on the best program for you.  While there may be many programs available, some might be better than others depending on the career path you choose.  So, which online programs are said to be the best and worst?  Find out in the following infographic. (more…)

Posted June 12, 2015 by

What Online Education Means in Today’s World

In the past, the only way to pursue higher education was by physically attending the classroom setting.  However, in the world we live in today, that is not the case.  Online education has afforded anyone and everyone the opportunity to pursue a college degree in their own time and their own space.  With people living very busy lives with work and family, online education offers a chance to have work/life balance.  So, what do the numbers say about online education, and how it can benefit you personally?  Find out in the following infographic. (more…)

Posted May 08, 2015 by

Why You May Want to Consider Earning Your Degree Online: Personal Perspective of a Doctoral Candidate

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Deborah Anderson

Years ago, when you stated that you were going to earn a degree online, it was not surprising to have someone respond with a question of whether or not the degree is legitimate. Or, worse yet, were you “purchasing” the degree (which obviously isn’t a degree at all).

Nowadays, it is not unusual to have online opportunities to earn a degree, from the Bachelors, to Graduate School with the Masters and even the Doctorate. There are respectable schools from the known-for-online, like University of Phoenix and Capella University, to the brick-and-mortar schools. Yes, even the state universities have arrived and have opportunities for people to go to school “online.” (more…)

Posted April 07, 2015 by

Put Time Back on Your Side: Time Management Tips for Online Students

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Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

When taking online classes, there’s no one around to tell you what to do — but there’s no one to hear you scream, either. Time management is more essential for the online student, because typically you’re taking classes around distractions like work and family life. Of course, you have the full intention of prioritizing school, but who can concentrate on Econ homework when the baby is crying? This is exactly why so many distance learners have a rough time keeping up.

With that in mind, here are seven tips to help you keep your eyes on the prize. (more…)

Posted February 10, 2015 by

Affording the Unaffordable: Empty Pockets Don’t Equal Empty Life

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Melissa Burns

How often do you say to yourself or hear it from those near you: “You can’t afford it”? But the truth is, there are very few things you really can’t afford. Even if your financial position leaves much to be desired, it doesn’t mean you should skimp on everything – and it doesn’t mean you cannot do anything to improve it. Here are 5 ways to afford the unaffordable: (more…)

Posted January 27, 2015 by

7 Steps to Choosing the Right Master’s Program for You

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3d image of mortar board with degree against white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Going to graduate school to work on a master’s degree is an exciting way to expand career options for the future. The first challenge is to find the best master’s program for you. Here are a few considerations that may help.

Requirements.

It is usually a good idea to compare graduate programs to find the one that best suits your learning style. Some require a thesis or thesis essays to be written. Others include an internship or practicum. The courses required and delivery style will also be worth noting. (more…)

Posted January 20, 2015 by

How to find a good accredited online college?

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Young man relaxing on the sofa with a laptop. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Finding a good online college is not an easy task. There are many scam colleges available online that trap people in their scam programs. Their motive is just to earn money. They don’t provide any kind of education, but waste people’s time and money. This is why, it is suggested to you to choose a good accredited college while looking for an online education institution. If you have no idea how to find a good accredited online college, then this article will be of great help to you. Given below is a guide about how to select a good accredited online college. (more…)

Posted August 25, 2014 by

College Students, Want to Pay Less for a Higher Education that Will Help You Find Jobs in the Future? Try Online Learning

Getting a higher education can help college students find jobs in the future.  For anyone looking for a more affordable way to learn, online learning may be the answer according to the following post.

With college becoming extraordinarily expensive, many college prospects and their parents wondering if a post-high school education is really worth it. Sadly, many folks enrolled in higher education studies in hopes of bettering their life and their financial outlook, but ultimately ended up in a much deeper hole than before thanks to

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Posted July 15, 2014 by

What it takes to Stay Motivated and Boost Your Career

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Group of working people. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

An individual is often judged by the job they hold. A person should work hard in order to maximize their potential and enjoyment in their career.

There are plenty of people who are working at a job they either do not like or do not think is the best fit for them. They may not be happy with the amount of money they make or the amount of power they hold in their job. There are two choices people in this situation have. They can choose to do nothing and complain about it for their rest of their lives, or they can choose to find ways to maximize their potential in the career choice they have made. The second choice might be more difficult, but it may be the wiser path. (more…)