“71% of the US labor force is actively seeking or open to new a job. Over 65% of American workers switch jobs every 1-5 years.” – Jobvite
Studies show that 71% of the US labor force is actively seeking or open to new a job, over 65% of American workers switch jobs every 1-5 years, and of those that stay, almost all employees want a promotion or raise. Taking a Coursera course is not only a way to learn a new skill; it’s also a great way to show that you’re self-motivated, knowledgeable, and intellectually curious. To properly showcase these characteristics, it’s essential to find exactly the right course to signal your aptitude and abilities to employers–for now and for the future.
With more than 700 courses offered across 25+ categories, the options seem endless, and making a choice can be tough. Choosing the right course specifically for professional development can be even more challenging not only because of the sheer number of options, but also because of the distinct nature of individual courses.
If professional development is your aim, when faced with this choice, it’s helpful to think about courses through the lenses of professional goals and skills.
Lens 1: Your Goals
Understanding and clarifying your career goals will help you in the decision-making process. Ask yourself: How do you want advance your career?
When browsing through the Course Catalog, answer these questions as they relate to your goals:
When the answer is yes and aligns with your end-goal, then you have probably found the right course for you (though there might be many, so let’s narrow in more!)
Lens 2: Skills You Need
Now that you’ve narrowed in on your professional goal, think about the skills to obtain or develop to attain the goal. If you know what eventual end result you want in your career, you can properly hone in on the courses that will teach you the skills you need. We host top-tier courses from the world’s best universities and educational institutions–many of which can help you reach your professional goals. Focus on skills that shows employers that you are ready for new challenges and responsibilities in the field.
If you are looking to develop….
…and beyond, Coursera is your ultimate learning resource.
It’s not only about identifying the course that will teach you the right skills; it’s also about making sure you can show employers easily and convincingly that you have those skills. When you are investigating courses, check if the course offers a
Verified Certificates, or if it is part of a Specialization.
Verified Certificates are official, trusted certificates of accomplishments that, via facial and typing pattern recognition, prove YOU took the course (and not only that your email address took the course.)
Employers value these certificates because it proves and signals acumen. During the course, see if you can create or add to your professional portfolio, as well (including completed assignments, Capstone Projects, etc.) So before clicking the “Join for Free” button, consider if this course will tangibly show employers and colleagues you’ve learned the topic by earning a Verified Certificate.
Once you understand what your professional goals are, as well as the skills you want to cultivate, you’re on the right track to finding a course that fits your needs.
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