Got a Plan?

When was the last time you decided to do something life changing, put a plan together, and then…didn’t do a thing? It happens. We have many distractors; money, time, family, friends, work, and it is easy to lose our focus and get off track in our plans.

If one of your plans was to learn a new, career-enhancing skill, or even to change careers, let’s look at some accessible and manageable options for you.

As you know, we will always promote as one of the amazing resources – FREE to UMD – that you can access anytime, anywhere, day or night.  Check it out at  With the recent merger with LinkedIn, there are now over 6,000 courses for you at your fingertips.

There are other options, as well.

  • Udemy – over 40,000 courses – some free, some cost a fee. But, if you search for a discount through Groupon, RetailMeNot, or just Google Udemy coupon, you can find what you need for $10, $15, or $25.
  • Khan Academy – their motto is “You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.” Sounds good AND, to highlight a few options, the Khan Academy offers test prep for college exams such as the SAT and GMAT. Also available are courses on the Common Core for parents and kids, tools for personal finance management, and determining your career path.  If not for you, it is a great resource for K-12 and more.
  • TED Talks – you may be familiar with TED Talks, but, have you heard of the additional TED learning options? TEDEd – for educators, TEDConferences – such as TEDWomen, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, and TEDx, which sets up local TED Talks and events for you to attend.
  • Coursera – with over 150 college and university partners, from 29 countries, Coursera offers over 2,000 courses you can attend online. When you complete the courses and receive a certificate of completion, there is a fee to attend but if you enroll and do not want the certificate, some of the courses are free. And yes, UMD offers quite a few courses through Coursera, as well.

Coursera also offers Master’s degrees, such as the Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from HEC in Paris, France and Professional Certificates such as in Engineering Management and Leadership certificate from Rice University.​ Although the fees are in line with what you would expect in obtaining a degree or certificate, Coursera may offer financial aid for the program in, which you are interested.

Are you still reading this article? Get out there and learn more about what you don’t know!

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Last updated: June 29, 2017

Last updated: June 29, 2017