Do you want to go to college but can’t afford the high cost of tuition? Many adults dream of getting a college education and seeing their children graduate from college, but when they see the costs of obtaining that education in the way of rising tuition fees and added class and book fees and other class fees with 6% or more interest fees added on the minute you sign the loan papers.
This is a blog post that gives you valuable information you can actually use to further your education and get that college degree you have always wanted for you or your children. This is the second post in a series of post on Planning for your Retirement in your 20’s.
This post isn’t to dispel your dream of going to college, but to give you valuable information that may save you a lot of money on courses that may be able to be taken for credit online and transferred to a local college where you live and you will still be able to use that credit in your academic transcript.
Many community colleges and more secondary colleges are accepting transcripts from other colleges where they offer free online courses. You are taking the same information and have the same tests and for a fee can even receive a grade from the professor. You will in most cases receive a certificate of completion and satisfactory grade if you test in the class and pass. Either way you go you can always put every course you take to further your education on your resume.
Employers see you as someone who is a life long learner and someone who looks for a way to get a good education with out all the debt load that goes with a college education.
There are a lot of different fields you can learn a skill, a trade and have the same as a college graduate.
Here Are The Most Popular Websites for Continuing Your Education
Lynda.com is a LinkedIn company that provides many professional courses in everything from 3-D Cad to Business strategy courses. Most libraries offer this as a free learning platform on the main library website for you county, parish or state. If you start your own subscription the costs is between $19.99 and $29.99 per month depending on the level of services you choose.
Treehouse is a great place to learn coding. They have everything from learning basic WordPress to the latest code used in the newest and best programs. I learned how to code through Treehouse and I enjoyed there learning platform. They break up difficult learning tasks into small bite sized chunks where learning is much easier. The cost of Treehouse has several different levels depending on where you are in your coding education.
This is another educational program that can be offered by your local library for free. They will usually have a test before you can start the program due to the individual cost that is involved in learning code. As you are learning you are designing projects that can be used in your resume to show future employers the skills you have obtained. You can earn certifications in many different coding languages through Treehouse. If coding is your thing, Treehouse is a great place to start your education.
MIT or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They have a lot of free classes you can register for and you can learn anything you choose to learn for free. MIT was one of the pioneer schools that paved the way for open free courses on the college and university level offering all there courses free online. Once you enroll you are even able to gain certifications in the course work you complete for a small fee. The certificate is even signed by your instructor.
Edx provide courses from the worlds most popular colleges and universities. You can take any course they have for free and you can become certified in that same course for a small fee. The course certification comes with a certificate of completion signed by the instructor. I have taken classes and have even obtained certifications in several different fields of study
Udemy offers so many classes in so many different topics there is something here for everyone. You pay for each class you take and you can get certifications in most of the classes. They often have specials where they will offer discounts and also have specials where some of the classes will cost you only $10 this will last for different lengths of time from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. I have taken lots of classes and have been very happy with the instructors and the learning tracks of the classes I have taken.
With any classes you take putting samples of your course work in your resume shows your employer you can do the work that is required for the job and it can also give you a position above any one else in the hiring process. When an employer sees examples of excellent work they get a chance to actually see what you can do.
Sometimes that is all it takes to get the job. Many times it will come down to two or three candidates and the more information you give on your resume the better your chances are of getting the job you are applying for.