Let’s face it. There is a lot of competition for us all in the job market. It is a fierce battleground on which only the strongest come out triumphant, the strongest with a repertoire of weapons. Within the job hunt one of your most powerful weapons is your CV, and more specifically the skills which are so meticulously listed. In this article we outline 5 free courses which will set your CV apart from your fellow competitors and get you that dream job you’ve been searching for. Here they are:
Course: Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content
Of all the industries out there marketing has to be one of the most competitive job markets. The good news is every company out there needs some sort of marketing team and if they don’t think they do, then you probably shouldn’t work for them anyway.
What company doesn’t dream of their product or content they have created going viral. It is free advertising for the company and this is where the true value of your expertise lies. In this course you will understand why some things become popular and others don’t catch on. This course is taught by Professor Jonah Berger and affiliated by the University of Pennsylvania. This course is most useful when applying to jobs for companies who have online content such as Web-based journalism, Ecommerce Platforms and Product Manufacturers who advertise online.
Course: A Crash Course in Data Science
Industry: Data Science
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you would have heard the terms ‘Big Data’ and ‘Machine Learning’. Data has become the new business currency and companies are unable to make decisions without backing them up with sufficient data. This means so called ‘Data Scientists’ have become essential. The great news is that because this is a relatively new industry you are not far behind. Any knowledge you gain on this topic will make your CV stand out amongst all the other applicants. This course is taught by three guys with PhD’s and work at Bloomberg – you will be learning from the best.
Course: Foundations of teaching for learning
South Africa is renowned for having difficulty sourcing teachers to uplift and empower our youth. This means while it might not be as lucrative as some of the more corporate jobs there are plenty of perks such as short work days, long holidays and of course the satisfaction of providing the foundation for our future leaders to thrive.
This course will provide you with the introduction to teaching which hinges around the 3 domains of being a teacher; Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement. Don’t worry if you are slightly more qualified, there are plenty of more advanced teaching courses in the series.
Course: How to start your own business specialisation
You might be thinking “Wait, I’m trying to get a job. Not start my own business”. But hear us out. Companies are looking for ambitious individuals who can take their business to the next level. What is more ambitious than learning how to start your own business? This will show them that you have vision, passion, leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit that is needed for innovative companies to thrive. Who knows, maybe the bug will bite and you’ll be the next Mark Zuckerberg.
This specialisation contains 6 courses that take you through the steps of starting a business from getting you into the right entrepreneurial mind-set through to the launch. This course will give you lots of credibility when applying to startups as well as companies who are always pushing the boundaries of technology and their field of expertise.
If none of these courses tickle your fancy then here are five of the best platforms that provide free courses: