If you’re looking to improve yourself while being stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, consider taking free online college courses.
In fact, 450 Ivy League schools are among those that offer this option, according to Class Central, an online education clearinghouse.
“There is a huge wealth of information available,” said Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah.
Whether you’ve been fired following coronavirus-related business closings or find yourself working remotely, taking time for personal development could help you once the pandemic is over.
“Shark Tank” investor Daymond John suggests that you take this time to think like an entrepreneur.
This means that if you save three hours of commuting per day, work all or part of that time instead of treating it like a Saturday.
“You educate yourself and get as much information as possible to become a better person,” said John, author of “Powershift: transform any situation, make any deal and get any result. “
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Of course, do what you can based on your situation – even if you work from home, you can also juggle children or aging parents.
It also depends on your interests, but Shah said there is a “great variety” of courses available on e-learning sites. Coursera and edX – totaling around 13,000 courses from over 900 universities. They are free to audit – or listen – but you can also pay to do your homework and receive a certificate.
However, while a certificate might look nice on your resume, auditing a course will help you gain invaluable knowledge that can help you advance in your career – and even help you pass an interview, Shah points out.
Some are even taught by world-renowned experts, like Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, who teaches a financial markets course at Yale.
If you are new to online learning, Shah suggests starting with Learn to learn from the University of California, San Diego.
Here are some other sample courses available:
You can view all the free online courses available at Middle class.