In Between Jobs? Try These Career Training Solutions

You’ve been looking for a new job or a new gig, but you’re trying to figure out how to make yourself more marketable. You don’t have the time or money to go back to school, or even to enroll in a longer, in-person training course. But you know you have to update your skills in order to land a job.

After all, just about everyone these days finds their work is constantly changing. Web developers and programmers, for example, have to learn newer languages. And it takes more than being a whiz with Excel or QuickBooks these days to land accounting jobs. Getting any training at all will help many administrative and office management professionals stand out, according to a recent OfficeTeam survey. No matter what field you’re in, staying up-to-date on the latest workplace trends and tools can be a challenge.

Good news: All you need these days are a computer and an Internet connection to find good career training solutions. Many organizations offer training online or host webinars, including businesses and professional associations that post seminar and conference proceedings on their websites. Several universities now offer coursework online, in some cases at no cost.

Here are some of the best inexpensive career training solutions:

Massive open online course (MOOC)

In these courses, an expert, often a university professor, teaches a class over the Internet. The subject areas are varied, as are the ways instruction is provided. In general, though, students watch online videos of lectures and complete multiple-choice homework assignments and exams over the Web.

Most classes are similar to introductory courses at colleges, and many institutions of higher learning, including universities such as Harvard and MIT, are experimenting with providing education this way. Organizations such as Coursera, edX, Khan Academy and Udacity also offer courses along these lines. Most MOOCs are free.

Conference presentations and videos posted online

Many of the same organizations that provide certifications for professionals also host regular in-person events, including conferences and seminars. Sometimes, they’ll post slideshow presentations and videos of seminars online after the conclusion of the in-person gathering. This material is meant as reference for attendees, but it can also help you brush up on the hot topics being discussed and analyzed in your field. Browse the websites of the most respected organizations in your profession to find the best of these materials.

In-person opportunities

Many cities and states have employment service centers to help unemployed adults locate job opportunities. These centers often provide training in basic office skills or can connect you with other agencies that can help. They also offer resources to find short-term training, certification training, education, and more.

What are your favorite low-cost training resources and opportunities? Let us know in the comments section below.

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