I don't know about you, but for me September always feels like the beginning of a new year, more so than January ever has. Perhaps this is because I spent such a sizeable chunk of my life in school. And as a matter of ritual, I always spend some time in the summer looking at courses I maight be able to take in September.
If you've been thinking about going back to school to update your knowledge, but don't have either the time or the financial resources to do so, it may be worth while to check out what is now available online. Until recently, online education options have been quite limited, particularly for technical courses like software programming or computer networking.
This has been quickly changing over the past two years and this year there are a few new resources available with courses from excellent schools. Selections are no longer limited to a couple video-taped lectures on entry-level topics. As well, you can actually now get certificates for full courses from MIT, Harvard and Berkeley if you register at EdX.
I've put together a list of some of the best online courses from some of the top schools. I also hunted down the direct links to some of the technical courses.
If you're looking for your first tech-based job and have an affinity for Apple software like the iWork suite or Final Cut Pro, you'll also find a review of Apple's Associate Certifications for their application software. More and more companies have been embracing Apple in the office as the iPhone and iPad have re-introduced many companies to the Apple brand. So if you already work with these programs, having a certification to prove your knowledge may help you get that first interview.
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