Education is key.
Nowadays the strive for learning and improving oneself through college and higher education have led many to end up in a spiralling circle of never-ending debt. The desire to study hard, work part-time, rack up credit card debt and be without a stable employment for 4 or 5 years until you finish your degree doesn’t sound like the best idea. Students working two part-time jobs while sleeping 4 hours before lectures, oh my… The graduates with Master of Science shaking cocktails in the nearest bar or your next door neighbour with Arts degree flipping burgers as a kitchen porter in your local restaurant. Is this why I paid so much for Education?
Signs of the outdated and broken educational system can be seen everywhere around you. Things are slowly changing for the better. The Internet and the Information Age has provided us with many sources for free and cheap education that will provide us with the skills we need to get employed and earn income. In addition, many employers start opting for skills-based hiring rather than looking at which Ivy League University you are coming from. If you are unsure what you want to do in University or simply don’t want to pay the exorbitant fees here is a list of online educational websites which are free of charge or with minimal investment towards your future or developing skills that are in demand:
- Udemy is an online learning platform which is one of my favourites due to its’ features and customer interface. It is aimed at professional adults who want to add new skills to their resumes, or explore their passions.Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee.
- Coursera offers massive online courses database ranging from physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, and data science. The company also works with universities and other organisations which gives credibility and increases the quality of the courses offered.
- EdX is a massive online course provider who runs on an open-software and is registered as a non-profit organisation. In addition to a wide-range of university-level courses, the company conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform.
- Khan Academy was created by Salman Khan back in 2006 with the motto ‘A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere’. The company is a non-profit educational organisation with a range of lectures, exercises and tools for educators.
- Lynda offers thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills.The company produces video tutorials taught by industry experts. Members have unlimited access to watch the videos, which are primarily educational.
- MIT Open Courseware is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate and graduate-level courses online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere.
- Skillshare is a flexible online learning community where you can create and take courses in categories such as creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology among many others.
Free education is just great. Get out there and get the skills and education that you need to get a job or accomplish your project. You have the sole responsibility of making your living.
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma