Having trouble finding employment? Feel like it’s because your skill base is weak?
Fortunately, the Internet is making it easier than ever to improve yourself and learn new skills. Take advantage of 2014 and dive into something new. We here at Resume Genius have put together this huge list of websites that can teach you new skills and abilities for free.
Be warned: Although these websites can help you build a new skill base, they will not necessarily be accepted on your resume. Although we are entering a new, modern era where skills are more fluid and less rigidly attained, institutions are always slow to change. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn these skills, however. There is room to prove yourself outside of your resume.
Free Educational Websites
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- Online University Courses
- Other Course-Like Sites
- Computer Skills
IMPORTANT > 9. How Can You Prove You Learned These Skills?
This section provides a list of Universities that share their materials openly and freely for all, with the aim of supporting classroom instruction, and giving all individuals access to an excellent education. Take note — some University sites provide better content than others in specific areas of study. Depending on your interest, you should do some research prior to choosing one of these links.
- Berkeley Part 1
- Berkeley Part 2 (videos)
- Carnegie Mellon
- Johns Hopkins
- Open Course Ware Finder
- Open Course Ware Consortium
- MIT Lectures
- Rice – Connexions
- Stanford Courses
- Stanford Videos
- University of Chicago
- University of New South Wales
- University of Reddit
- University of Sydney
- University of the People
- University of Virginia
- Utah State
- Yale Videos
- P2P University
These websites are less structured than the University affiliated sites, and may be more helpful to someone with less time to commit.
- 100 Best Intro Courses
- Academic Earth
- Better Explained
- Cosmo Learning
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Free Video Lectures
- Khan Academy
- How Stuff Works
- Learners TV
- Learning Schedule Tracker – Smart.fm
- Mixergy: Classes taught by entrepreneurs
- More Video Lectures
- National Programme on Tech Enhanced Learning
- Open Culture
- Study Blue
- Wonder How To
- Youtube Edu
Learn how to program, write code, and work with alternative operating systems with these helpful websites.
- Bloc: How to program
- Building Websites via Academic Earth
- Carl H Programming
- D Zone: (Question and Answer Site)
- Free Technology Academy
- Google Code University
- Learn about Linux
- Nettuts – Web development tutorials
- Opera Web Standards Curriculum
- The New Boston – Step by step lessons for multiple languages
- University of Washington CSE
- Stack Overflow (Question and Answer Site)
- Web Building Tutorials
- VideoCoPilot – Tutorials for Adobe After Effects
- Blue Pelican Java Textbook
- CalTech CS Java Track: A syllabus, with assignments and labs. Work through it like a student.
- FHDA Community College Intro to Java Course
- GA Tech Free Java Learning Materials
- MIT 6.092 Intro to Programming in Java
- ORACLE’s Java Tutorials
Music theory, music lessons, and a few different instruments. Learn how to jam out some tunes!
- Bass Lessons
- Funk University
- Guitar Lessons at Ultimate-Guitar
- Guitar Lessons at The Stringery
- Guitar Lessons at The Next Level Guitar
- Guitar Lessons at Justin Guitar
- Guitar Neck Quiz
- Music Theory – Trainear.com
- Music Theory – MusicTheory.net
- Piano Lessons
- Teoria – Classical Music Theory
Bilingual ability is a solid addition to any resume. Get started learning today!
- Duolingo: Learn language for free and translate the web
- FSI Language Courses
- Languages from BBC
- Talk To Me In Korean: Lessons on speaking Korean
“Cooking Skills” should probably be a mandatory section of everyone’s resume.
Successful people never stop learning. Use these resources to find articles, books, and journals — sometimes for free!
- Cite Seer
- Cornell University
- Get Cited
- Google Books
- How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – eBook
- Large List of Science eBooks
- Librivox – A free audio book website
- Online Library – ibiblio
- Open Book Project
- Planet eBook
- Project Gutenburg
- Safari Books Online
- Using Open Edu Resources – eBook (.pdf)
- The Free Library
- The Assayer: The web’s largest catalog of books whose authors have made them available for free
- WorldCat – Worldwide Library Catalog
Math, psychology, philosophy, exercise, investing, science, business planning, and even livestock management. There’s nothing you can’t learn here.
- Argument Mapping
- Business Plan Software
- Business Plan Samples
- Careers and College
- Creative Live
- InfoPlease – Almanac
- Let’s Make Robots
- Make Magazine
- Raising Chickens
- The Math Motherload
- Western Civilization
The Internet, rapidly developing technology, and cheaper technology are working together to quickly create a more level educational playing field for motivated learners. The question is quickly becoming: how will institutions like universities, companies, and governments begin to recognize skills, knowledge, and abilities learned outside of the “normal” paths? (By “normal,” we mean the process of earning a degree from a university, or getting training through your job.)
Right now, it is not acceptable to claim that you earned skills or abilities from the Internet on your resume. It is too difficult to prove that you rigorously studied the information and learned new skills to a satisfactory degree. That is why the degree system exists at universities — it standardizes the level of competence needed to earn the degree.
However, there are massive projects being undertaken to begin a new standardization process — ones that could help people who cannot afford college, or are simply self-motivated learners, prove that they have skills and abilities on par with those who earned a “normal” university degree.
Mozilla’s “Open Badges” Project
At Resume Genius, we are particularly interested in Mozilla’s Open Badges project.
To summarize briefly, Open Badges hopes to create a process where your skills can be tested and proven, with the evidence/results stored in a digital format (in the form of a badge). Theoretically, you could collect these badges, and offer them as evidence to universities to earn credits, or to companies as supplement for your resume.
We believe that such a process could truly bring revolutionary changes to the way people learn skills and choose career paths. Although we believe that people should learn for the sake of learning, we also believe in practicality. That is why we are excited about Mozilla’s Open Badges, and the democratization of education on the web.