If you have budgeted all you can, but still have trouble meeting your savings goal, it is time to consider how you can increase your income. Updating current skills or learning new skills can help you score extra cash. Using your skills to gain a promotion at work, freelance projects or even a side business can help you earn more money and balance your budget. While training and education can be expensive, it is possible to enhance your skills or learn new ones with free online learning opportunities. Courses and training are available in the areas of technology, business and general knowledge, just to name a few. Following are some of the free online learning options available:
Coursera- Coursera specializes in MOOC’s, or Mass Open Online Courses. Visit www.coursera.org and browse through the options offered by more than 100 world-class universities, including Stanford University, Princeton, Yale, Penn State and John Hopkins University, plus many other global and state university partners. Enroll in your chosen course using your name and email address.
Enrollment in Coursera does not equal enrollment at the actual university, but the educational content is the same. You will take the online class along with thousands of other students around the world, and you will complete homeowrk, quizzes, mid-terms and final exams according to the course syllabus.
Complete the coursework while meeting the minimum requirements and you will earn a certificate of completion.
Kahn Academy- This site offers self-paced video courses in math from grade 3 up to calculus and statistics, with options in science, humanities, economics and more. Recently added content, centered in collaboration between Kahn Academy and the AAMC (American Association of Medical College), the site even helps pre-med students study for the updated MCAT.
States, badges, coaches and tracking is available to help those with interest in learning the subject matter to improve their skills and keep track of their progress along the way, all at no charge.
Codeacademy- This site will help wanna-be coders learn how to write code within various programming languages for free. Badges, feedback and dashboard-like tools help the user track their progress and gives motivation to keep going. Codeacademy also offers “Code Year”, a year’s worth of classes to help users learn the program, a week at a time, for free.
Free online learning doesn’t replace a university education. But anyone with a bit of time, the willingness to learn and an internet connection has the opportunity to take on new skills.