With new beginnings come the desire to start or learn something new
New year, new hope, new opportunities. These are what come to mind when the year comes to a close and a new one begins. It’s also accompanied by a desire to start a new project, personal or professional, and to learn something new. On the latter, my interest in picking up new skills or developing my existing ones is often career-related. This year, however, I’m adding adult gymnastics to my list to shake up my workout routine. But while that’s not possible yet, I’ll stick to my fitness apps.
Whatever the motivation behind upskilling oneself or trying out a new hobby or sport, there’s no denying that with learning comes a sense of fulfillment and growth. And, if you’re looking to add some serious credentials to your resume, online courses might just be for you.
Coursera, one of the world’s largest online learning platforms, partners with more than 200 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations across the globe. It offers a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs. Recently, Coursera announced its initiatives to accelerate growth in our local shores. With over 1.3 million registered learners and 85% year-over-year growth, the Philippines is the third fastest growing country on the platform. But apart from choice schools and a wide range of courses to choose from, Coursera makes learning a breeze for everyone. Now, users can download courses, synchronize their progress, take notes with highlights, and sync everything to their calendar. Best of all, the platform is optimized for low data consumption so that’s one less thing to worry about.
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Not ready to commit? Coursera has over a thousand free courses you can explore and we’ve listed some interesting ones below:
Offered by: The Pennsylvania State University
Course description: “Our lives are being disrupted by pandemics, global warming, wars, political chaos, and technological innovations.
We must prepare for an unpredictable and unknown future—and this is the goal of the course on Creativity, Innovation and Transformation (CIT)!”
Offered by: University of Pennsylvania
Course description: “What is philosophy? How does it differ from science, religion, and other modes of human discourse? This course traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece.”
Offered by: Georgia Institute of Technology
Course description: “This lesson is part of a full course, Speak English Professionally: In Person, Online & On the Phone. Take this lesson to get a short tutorial on professional conversational vocabulary.”
Offered by: University of Michigan
Course description: “Whatever your background, and wherever in the world you may be, you’ll gain tools to accelerate your personal journey to lead diverse teams and organizations. In the course, you’ll learn to better understand yourself and your personal identity in the workplace and gain new skills to identify privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions in your organization and to take action as an active ally and change advocate.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, there’s no gymnastics-related program but there are exercise and sports courses on offer! Visit Coursera to learn more about the platform and check out the courses for yourself. Have your own recommendations? Share them with us in the comments below.
Art: Macky Arquilla