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Make the Most of Your Unemployment by Learning

What are you doing during this period of unemployment to increase your skills and marketability? Teach yourself new things. Learn new technology. Become better at taking initiative.

classroomThere is no shortage of information available to you online today. Much of it is F R E E.


MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. Stanford, Harvard, MIT and many other universities have opened up their courses for public consumption. These are the top 3 according to this New York Times article.

COURSERA: There are 33 university partners

edXCollaborative effort between M.I.T. ; Harvard; the University of California at Berkeley; and the University of Texas system

UDACITY: No university affiliation but started by a Stanford professor

Online Learning Opportunities

There are certainly many opportunities available to you for low- or no-cost. Ask around for recommendations. It all depends on what you want/need to learn. Here is a post I wrote with several recommendations for online learning at no-cost.

Learning About Job Search and Career Management

CareerRocketeer Career Studios

Chris Perry and Dorothy Tannahill-Moran organize webinars by leading experts on job search related topics. These live webinars are free, however, if you want back issues of webinars you missed, you might consider Career Studios Backstage Mega Pass.

For a small fee, you gain access to:

Career Studios Mega-Pass

  • 4 Hours of job search basics including how to work with a recruiter and staffing agency
  • 7 Hours of Social Media, Personal Branding & Networking – state of the art insider information you need to know right now
  • 4 Hours on resumes including what you have to know to make it through the dreaded Applicant Tracking System
  • 7 Hours on interviewing ranging from behavioral interviewing to your body language – this is an unprecedented amount of information

The Rest Is Up To You

Chances are, if you have a favorite, go-to source for job search information (or any favorite source), they offer free or low-cost webinars or videos. Just like in the real-world of work, it is up to you to seek out opportunities to learn! Go for it!

Do you have a favorite resource to share? I’d love it if you would add it in a comment!

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  • careersherpa February 19, 2013, 11:52 am

    @hr_nasty Taking ownership of our professional development is the key! MOOCs (and other tools) are making a difference!

  • LoganJDoyle February 24, 2013, 11:27 am

    Unemployment is opportunity! “@careersherpa: Make the Most of Your Unemployment by Learning http://t.co/aO6oSi5Rdg

    • careersherpa February 24, 2013, 6:15 pm

      Thanks Logan! @LoganJDoyle