Interested in improving your job skills but worried about the potential costs? Consider these five free alternatives, from Payscale.
Online Career Training
There are a number of online training programs that offer free enrollment, but the quality of the programs can vary greatly so be sure to research and read reviews about different programs before enrolling. When finding an appropriate online program make sure it is accredited, has qualified instructors and will fit within your schedule.
Open Career Training Seminars and Lectures
To try and stay relevant and applicable, many local and state colleges will offer free training courses and lecture series that are open to everyone and can provide valuable information and guidance for managing careers, updating skills and understanding the business climate.
Career Training Podcasts, Webinars and Blogs
Technology is constantly evolving, making it vital workers keep up to date with the latest trends and developments. Online resources like seminars, podcasts, video chats and community boards offer expert advice and analysis on cutting-edge information and technology with no cost. A growing number of organizations host webinars or publish webcasts for their industry on a variety of topics to improve skills or land a job.
Government Resources for Career Training
Many state agencies offer free career training for unemployed and employed workers looking to improve their job skills and career prospects. The classes and seminars are often held at colleges, workforce training centers and even public libraries and also detail what benefits unemployed workers are entitled to under the state’s laws.
Career Training Through Volunteering/Internships
Though you aren’t getting a paycheck or benefits, volunteering can give you expertise to beef up your resume and allow you to develop your industry skills, get practical experience and make contacts.
Education is an effective way to ensure you have the skills you need to land your next job or excel in your current gig. But furthering your education can come with a hefty price tag—unless you use one of these free alternatives.