In my line of work, I often hear folks say that they don’t have time to go to school or take a course or two for professional development. My usual answer is, how can they afford not too? For starters, many courses and classes today are free and most are self-paced. I can hear some of you saying – Nah, are you kidding me?!
Nope, I’m not. The truth is that the opportunities for improving one’s self have never been better, more abundant while offering a variety of topics. There are no longer any excuses – outside of the ones you somehow come up with….my dog is really, really sick, I don’t think I can make it online today or tomorrow or the next day, I feel so sorry for myself – boohoo.
Consider that traditional college online classes almost always charge tuition with limited enrollment. MOOC (Massive Online Open Courseware) offerings, however, are fundamentally opposite. Generally tuition free with no enrollment limits with the opportunity to learn in a self-paced and peer guided environment. What more can you ask for? In some cases you can even get credit or a Certificate of Completion for your efforts. Sometimes there is no credit, but who cares. It’s the knowledge and expertise that we’re after. Taking a free open courseware from MIT is through and through a course from MIT and that’s great for your resume and professional development.
Why are you still unemployed or routinely being passed over? What are you actively doing to make yourself more attractive to your current employer? What are you doing to make yourself more attractive to a future employer? Are you keeping abreast of changes and innovations in your field? These are just some of the rapid question and answer techniques I deploy during many of my consultations. Suffice it to say, lack of time is no longer a viable excuse and should be tossed out like the dog ate my homework excuse. No one is buying it! MOOC courses are usually open enrollment and can be performed any time so long as you’ve got an internet connection – a reliable one.
It’s a brave new world and it requires folks to think fast on their feet and offer more value than just the traditional route – obtaining a degree and working your way up. We’ve entered the power networking and moocing your way up era. What have YOU done lately?
Let’s not forget about those special projects that’s you’ve been working on. What? Yeah, you’ve got to be working with yourself, at times by yourself, and most certainly on yourself. Write a book, white paper, guide, or just do something on your field of interest and you may just win that Pulitzer – okay, maybe not quite, but you sure as heck will have separated yourself from the rest of your colleagues making you STAND OUT!
So, what’s in your resume? You cannot expect anyone to notice you among the sea of other candidates when there’s nothing that truly differentiates you. Your resume and qualifications reads like the next guy’s resume – boring. It’s time to dust off that old brain and sign up for one of these online open courseware classes.
Simply for your viewing pleasure, I’ve listed a few of these courses in order to give you a snap shot of what you could be doing instead of watching another episode of True Blood or Scandal. Last season for True Blood…it’s a tough choice – but you’re worth it!
Evan–The HeadHunter “Leading the wise out of the Jungle”.
Just a small sample of current Mooc classes currently being offered:
A Beginners’ Guide to Writing in English for University Study (FutureLearn)
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.
Oct 6th 2014
Literature, English Country House
A journey through the literature of English country houses from the time of Thomas More to Oscar Wilde
Jun 2nd 2014
Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety
An introduction to the emerging field of global health quality. Challenge yourself to think beyond access to healthcare and question: ‘Access to what?’
Health & Society
Jun 2nd 2014
Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis
A course on the macroeconomic accounts, their interrelationships, and the analysis of economic developments.
Economics & Finance
Jun 2nd 2014
Tangible Things: Discover new ways of looking at, organizing, and interpreting tangible things in your own environment.
Jun 2nd 2014
Managing My Money
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.
May 12th 2014
Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills
May 27th, 2014