How Online Education Can Help Your Career

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Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov

Learning something new daily doesn’t have to be for students only, it should be for everyone, especially those in the professional workplace. Technology is moving at such an immense pace that it is nearly impossible to keep up with. Every time you turn around, there is a new analytics platform, social network, mobile app, etc. You can’t know everything, but you can try to hone in on certain topics, or your area of expertise, and utilize the resources you have at your fingertips to stay in the mix. I often wonder why we complain about not knowing certain things when nearly all of the world’s information is in the palm of our hands on a daily basis.

School Doesn’t Cut It

How Online Education Can Help Your Career

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During my last year of college, I had been researching jobs in Milwaukee and Chicago in the social and digital media space. Many job descriptions had mentioned necessary skills that included experience and knowledge of numerous social networks and analytics programs. To get that experience I would need to work at those types of jobs, but to work at those types of jobs I had to have those types of skills. It made things difficult. Students are at a disadvantage because they don’t get a lot of hands-on experience with a lot of the necessary applications found at social and digital media jobs. Because of that, I had taken to the internet and started to teach myself as much as I could. Whether you want to learn to code websites, build mobile apps, create 3D graphics with Photoshop or decipher analytics reports from Hootsuite, there are educational resources out there for just about everything you can think of for FREE or at a minimal cost. So why not take advantage?

Advice for Budding Students

As a somewhat recent grad, my advice for students is this: figure out what you want to learn, find the resources online and teach yourself everything you can about your topic of choice. I understand teaching yourself can be difficult, especially when it comes to motivation. Ask a few friends, or students in the same field, to work together and push each other to learn certain topics. It can be better that way because then you bring in new perspectives. School can’t teach you everything, at some point you have to take it upon yourself and begin learning on your own. Who knows, learning with a group of people, with the same goal in mind, may even lead to a start-up company of your own.

Advice for Professionals

For those in the professional world, continuous learning is essential in order to grow and further your career. Fail to do so and you will be left in the dust. You should always strive for knowledge, no matter the year you were born. Sites like Grovo, Skillshare, Codecademy and Udemy offer simple tutorials that allow you to learn at your own pace. All you have to do is take the time and make the effort. If two people apply for a position and have virtually the same skill set, except one took the time to learn HTML5 or built their own mobile app, I’d say that one likely has the better chance of landing that job because they have a more valuable set of skills.

Companies Like Valuable Employees

Companies like valuable employees. So learning new skills or gaining new experiences, especially on your own time, on a variety of platforms can help make you incredibly valuable in the workplace. For those in upper management, you may not need to be the expert, but understanding the basics in different areas can help you manage employees easier and even allow you to hire more fluently.

Never Stop Learning

Everything you want to learn is out there, just make the effort. I am a huge believer in open-sourced education and free/cheap educational resources across the web. Kids in today’s society that have been coding since the age of 8 are already working to solve some of the world’s biggest problems by the time they are in high school.

You can take it in your own hands and virtually learn anything you want.

Below is a list of a few educational resources you should definitely check out. The list is small now, but please feel free to add your favorite online learning sites that you find valuable and would love to share with everyone.

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Online education is transforming how and what people learn these days. You can learn to code, speak a new language and more. Please share any and all educational sites you know that you find valuable.

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  1. 1  Online Learning Courses in Programming, Business, and Design | Everpath

    Online Learning Courses in Programming, Business, and Design | Everpath

    Start online learning with Everpath. Learn to program and code in Python, Ruby, and more. Explore thousands of courses offered by experts in programming, business, and design.

  2. 2  Khan Academy

    Khan Academy

    With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

  3. 3  Search and Social Media Marketing for International Business

    Search and Social Media Marketing for International Business

    This Search and Social Media Marketing for International Business Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) helps you to develop your individual as well as professional online profile, with a view to enhancing international trade prospects as well as general employability and personal branding awareness.

  4. 4  Grovo: Online Training and Video Tutorials to learn about the internet and tools

    Grovo: Online Training and Video Tutorials to learn about the internet and tools

    Grovo is an online education and training platform that helps people find and use sites, and helps sites reach and educate users.

  5. 5  Learn to code | Codecademy

    Learn to code | Codecademy

    Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.

  6. 6  Lynda: Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

    Lynda: Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

    Software training & tutorial video library. Our online courses help you learn critical skills. Free access & previews on hundreds of tutorials.

  7. 7  College Open Textbook

    College Open Textbook

    The Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This collection of sixteen educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

  8. 8  Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

    Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

    GCFLearnFree.org - The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!

  9. 9  Free Online Course Materials | Courses | MIT OpenCourseWare

    Free Online Course Materials | Courses | MIT OpenCourseWare

    Free MIT courses, including videos, audio, simulations, lecture notes, and exams.

  10. 10  Open Learning - OpenLearn - Open University

    Open Learning - OpenLearn - Open University

    Dip into insights from OU academics. Watch, listen, debate, play and discover more about your passions.

  11. 11  Apple - Apps - iTunes U

    Apple - Apps - iTunes U

    The iTunes U app puts complete courses — and the world’s largest online catalog of free education content — on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

  12. 12  Coursera.org

    Coursera.org

    We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

  13. 13  500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Open Culture

    500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Open Culture

    Download 450 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.

  14. 14  Udacity - 21st Century University

    Udacity - 21st Century University

    Udacity is a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures).

  15. 15  Accredible | certification : evolved

    Accredible | certification : evolved

    It helps to save certs and all the homeworks, projects from all the platforms in one place.

  16. 16  Skillshare

    Skillshare

    Skillshare is a community marketplace for classes.

  17. 17  Learn Chinese Online, Chinese Language School | Chinesesphere.com

    Learn Chinese Online, Chinese Language School | Chinesesphere.com

    Chinesesphere.com is one of the premiere Chinese language school in USglobal.Chinesesphere.com helps students of all ages learn Chinese online with lessons from experienced teachers. We teach Chinese lessons customized for each teaching need. This helps you to learn the Chinese language along with strong understanding of culture and business communication. See more details of our online Chinese lessons below or fill form to take a FREE TRIAL.

  18. 18  Online Education Resources

    Online Education Resources
  19. 19  Coursmos

    Coursmos

    People do not get knowledge they want giving up 9 of 10 online courses. Usually they lack time and motivation to pass long online course.
    Coursmos.com is a micro-learning platform that solves this problem:
    1. Knowledge is represented with micro-courses of up to 9 lessons each 3 minutes long
    2. Micro-lessons can contain additional materials
    3. Lessons of each micro-course can be extended into separate micro-courses
    4. People can request micro-courses on certain topics
    5. Each micro-course can be easily created with web and mobile app

  20. 20  Online Courses - Anytime, Anywhere | Udemy

    Online Courses - Anytime, Anywhere | Udemy

    Udemy is the world's largest destination for online courses. Discover an online course on Udemy.com and start learning a new skill today.

  21. 22  http://www.learnonline.com/

    http://www.learnonline.com/
  22. 23  SchoolKeep | Build Your Online School

    SchoolKeep | Build Your Online School

    SchoolKeep enables educators to build, brand and manage their online schools. Sign up to start creating courses today.

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Cedar Brown was previously a Social Media + PR Specialist, but now on the hunt for a new place. Although he graduated college less than two years ago, Cedar has learned a great deal in a short time due to his passion and drive to learn and succeed in the industry. Some of his strongest areas include social media strategy, market research and community management and experience with industries such as retail, sports, and hospitality. You can find him active on a number of social networks, getting involved throughout Milwaukee or out somewhere trying something new! And if you're a Wisconsin sports fan, you may already be best friends.
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