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Free online education could help prepare you for your next career – Here is how!

Does the career of your dreams require an education you can’t afford? For many people this can be a stumbling block but – it does not have to be an obstacle.  Did you know there are free online classes available through massive open online courses (MOOCs)?  You can read more about them in this article

Here are seven popular MOOCs, each of which offers different courses:

  • Coursera
  • edX
  • Udacity
  • Udemy
  • Canvas Network
  • iTunes U

These free courses could help you get a flavor of what a new industry might be like, and could be on first step towards preparing you for a new career, or enhancing your current one.  While most courses are free, some do have a charge. Some of these courses are college level; others are not academic at all. To identify whether or not you will receive college credit for any course , you will need to investigate each course individually as well as the MOOC that offers them.  One of these MOOCs, Coursera, even offers an option to request a transcript that you can present to your current college for evaluation for college credit.

Regardless of whether or not you receive college credit, you can still take courses that interest you for free to investigate a new career path or begin preparing for a new one. So start researching MOOCs and enjoy obtaining a free education in the topics of your choice!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Ideal Career Coaches

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