Emmanuel knew he wanted to work in tech after college, but he wasn’t sure how to get there. He was learning great critical thinking skills from his liberal arts program, but knew he needed more hands-on experience with data analysis, machine learning, the cloud, and more. When he started asking around for advice about how to land a technical internship, an engineer at Google recommended Coursera. One hundred courses later (we’re not exaggerating!), Emmanuel discovered not only the ability to master new technical skills, but he also rediscovered a love of learning. Learn more about his journey to learn for life:
My learning journey with Coursera has been a long and fruitful one. It consisted of hours spent trying to figure out Andrew Ng’s labs, going on the forums to join in conversations, and working on real-world projects like chatbots, recommendation engines, and my first product road map.
Why does Coursera hold a special place in my heart? Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t be able to take courses from top universities or companies like Google. Coursera provides anyone with access to education that used to be reserved for a select few. Coursera democratizes education.
I’ve completed over 100 courses and Specializations on Coursera. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Google IT Support Professional Certificate from Grow with Google
- Deep Learning Specialization from deeplearning.ai
- Data Engineering, Big Data, and Machine Learning on GCP Specialization from Google Cloud
- Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform from Google Cloud
- Mathematics for Machine Learning from Imperial College London
- Applied Data Science with Python Specialization from the University of Michigan
- IBM Data Science Professional Certificate from IBM
Learning on Coursera gives me the opportunity to experiment with subjects that interest me at my own pace. I’m given the chance to tackle topics that might intimidate me in a traditional school setting.
Connecting with the Online Community
One of the things I absolutely love about Coursera is the supportive online community. Most people assume that online courses lack human interaction, but this is not true for Coursera. With real people reviewing projects and giving authentic feedback, fellow students opening discussions and answering questions in the forums, and course instructors sending out meetup invites and other resources — these things set Coursera apart. Coursera has brought human interaction to online learning, and that’s what really keeps me coming back here to learn.
A Pathway to the Future
My courses taught me skills that I wouldn’t have learned at my liberal arts college and helped me stand out during the recruitment process.
My certificates allowed me to demonstrate my love of learning and set me apart as a candidate when I applied for jobs. I landed my first job out of college as a software engineer, and now I’m pursuing my Master’s while running my own technology startup.
I’ve learned a lot on Coursera, but the most important takeaway from this experience was being reintroduced to a childlike joy of learning. With Coursera even if I don’t know something, I can learn it. That’s life-changing.15