How to Get an Education for FREE
Is your resume lacking in the training or professional development sections? Do you need to address selection criteria that you don’t actually have experience or knowledge of? It’s no secret that one of the easiest ways to plump up your resume or gain experience in a subject you don’t have experience in is to get some extra education and training. The problem is often the time and cost involved. Thankfully I’ve stumbled upon some awesome FREE ways to get the training you needed with flexible home study options.
So for example, let’s say you are an administration officer but you feel your lack of basic accounting knowledge is letting you down. You don’t want to be a full blown accountant but you feel a course in this area would provide the basic knowledge you need to get your resume out of the slush heap. Enter www.alison.com. Alison provides courses in nearly anything you can think of and it’s all for free. Even better you can work at your own pace so if you need to submit that resume by Friday and it’s already Wednesday you can log on and hustle through the accounting basics course in time to add it to your professional development resume section in time for Friday.
I’ve actually used Alison myself when I’ve needed to learn something new for my business (like accounting fundamentals) and the course content is excellent. You do exams throughout the course and if you pass you can pay a small fee to have the certificate mailed out to you (or you can just print your results off online). Of course, there are some glitches because it is FREE. Alison is supported by advertising and you are faced with annoying advertising you have to click out of for every course module. It’s worth paying the little bit extra for the advertising free version. Also it can be very slow to load.
Your other FREE option is to sign up for something like www.coursera.org which often lists free courses run by the universities on various topics. Yes, you can do Harvard subjects for nothing! These courses are usually very well run and most offer some kind of certificate on completion. Please note that most of the courses listed (including Alision) are not accredited but you can still add them under the ‘professional development’ section of your resume and they still get the job done as far as your knowledge is concerned.
There is a bunch of other free courses out there but these are the two I’m personally familiar with. So next time you need an understanding of something in a hurry or need to plump up your resume head on over and get some of that FREE professional development training.