Although most of us aspire to go back to school at some point in our life, few of us do. That’s probably because going back to school can consume so much time of our already busy schedule, and it can also be super expensive, especially if we are saving for starting a business endeavour on our own at some point.
However, furthering your education could mean a lot of great things in the workplace. It could mean a raise and promotion, being put in charge of a team and moving up in the corporate world. So what are you to do if you don’t have the time to continue your education? Should you remain in the same entry-level position for years?
Fortunately, for all of us, there are now solutions that can help you reap the rewards of continuing your education without actually going back to school. Many universities – amongst them credible, top-notch universities like Harvard and Oxford- have released their courses online for free. More than 35 million people have signed up for at least one course and lots of these people have been receiving the expertise they need from school without actually attending a business school.
If you are trying to make it in the corporate world, you probably know by now that there are skills and expertise that are required to succeed, but this is where the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can help you. Below we’ve put together a list of the top skills you need to succeed in the corporate world and the free online courses that can help you acquire these skills, so read on to see where the future might take you.
The first step to making it to the top is being able to successfully lead a team. It’s not always easy to be put in charge of a team but with the right skills you just might be able to become a successful manager.
Course: Principles of Management
No business can succeed without planning and strategizing, and if you want to convince your boss to trust you with something important you need to be able to convince them that you can think strategically and push the business ahead.
Course: Foundations of Business Strategy
Even if you are not in a marketing role, I’m certain you know that marketing is an integral part of a business’s success so it’s important for any professional to know at least the essentials of marketing and advertising. Being able to understand these basic principles will help you get a leg up on competition and it will also help you win points with your boss.
Even if you don’t foresee becoming your own boss in the near future, it’s important for you to know what it takes to build a business and to share that entrepreneurial spirit that is currently building empires all around the world. Being entrepreneurial essentially means being a risk-taker and being a creative strategist, skills that are essential in any business environment.
Course: Building a Business
And because no businessperson is complete without knowing a thing or two about finance, it’s important to invest some energy into learning the secrets behind corporate finance. It will not only help you understand how your company functions, but it will also help you understand how every competitive company out there works.
Course: Corporate Finance
See Also: Why an MBA May Still Be Worth It
There are many things to be gained from furthering your education, and this initiative will undoubtedly win you points with your boss. Promotions and raises are the only inevitable outcome of pursuing a free online course.
Have you received a raise or promotion by taking a free online course? What course did you take? Your thoughts and comments below please…