Career Development Without College Fees
With high unemployment numbers these days taking up loans for education can be a major burden and a big risk for some. Luckily thanks to the internet and some great start up companies I have provided some of my top sources where to develop skills that will increase your career opportunities.
Lets highlight some ways you can develop our career and get the credentials you need without high costs.
A long time ago while employed as a mere sales associate I thought myself how to code and build websites. Sometimes you can’t really connect all the dots, in other words learning coding got me a job later on as a technical recruiter because I knew the coding fundamentals and was able to effectively source and assess candidates for programing positions.
Try to find out what the main software programs are. Some companies have a high demand for SQL (structured query language) even for administrative roles because they need people who can retrieve key bits of data and generate reports for management.
Adding skills to your resume is never a waste of time so here are my top places to go to for knowledge.
1) Khan academy
I would describe Khan academy as a world-class education for anybody for free. Its open source which means that it’s a collaboration of millions of people, including teachers, principles, experts, all dedicating their time to teach a subject. Most are though in a very easy to understand way. If you need to brush up on math this is the place to go
Great place to get the basics and fundamentals of coding and programing. It’s though in a game like manner with graphic and puzzles. It’s a great place to start if you always wanted to learn how to program but don’t have any experience.
This is my kind of movement. Collaboration of several universities now, initially started by MIT. Open Course Ware should give it away but it essentially means that it’s a giant library of entire courses, some include even the assignments and tests. It’s all free. They have literally everything from linguistics to computer science ranging from 101 level all the way to advanced MBA courses. While your competition stops growing and gets comfortable you could be gaining a an entire skill set with just one hour per day.
Instead of enrolling into some unknown online university I would like you to first build up a skill set. Earn some skills that can pay the bills first before you invest 50K into overgeneralized theories that you can self teach by reading a few books on the subject. Luckily the internet now provides us with incredible resources, one of them I have used time after time
Here you will find the most amazing courses. You can easily find a specific program language, a specific type of software that you need to learn. Are you an HR major but you find it tough to get any experience with People-soft. Here is a place to learn the ins and outs and then add it to your résumé. That is how we will hack out career, applying the 80/20 rule and add just in time learning principles. The amount of courses they offer is so diverse that its hard to describe.
Company Paid Training Programs
Although becoming increasingly rare, there are jobs out there which either come with an open training allowance or they have provisions for you to complete specific courses in alignment with your job role. This saves companies money as they do not have to hire and can promote from within.
An open training allowance would be something like a company giving you a brochure of in-house courses they do and allowing you to take which ever you are interested in.
Although you may not know that is the case before you get the job many employers like to brag about such benefits of working with them on the recruitment section of their site, usually under career development bonuses, so do your research! Again the tailored training allowance is not always advertised but within the job description or list of competencies you will usually see something like “has a coaching qualification or is willing to work towards one”. This indicates that there is some provision for you to take on job specific courses.
Some companies will have you work in all departments for several months usually no longer then three. This is a wealth of experience that universities cannot teach. Sometime companies target candidates who have gone though a specific program. Starbucks for example teaches their “legendary customer service approach” which is highly sought after by other companies.
The world of a self-employed professional is a challenging but rewarding one. Its shows that you are willing to take responsibility, calculated risks and be able to close deals which is necessary in most jobs in some way shape or form. You will often meet potential employers and essentially get to know people on a higher level within your field. It’s also a great way to prove what you can do and show the value you can bring to a company
Which ever route you chose be strategic and keep the end goal in mind and you will be in the role of your dreams in no time!