How to take free classes via MOOC

One of my plans for 2016 is to figure out my next career move. I have been thinking about it for a year or so. I have explored different fields such as Education, Financial Planning and Project Management. I took a few classes, but none of these options really appealed to me, as a career.

Recently, I finally figured out what I wanted to do….sorry I won’t share further info for the time being. This project is only at very early stages and nothing is done yet.

In order to be successful, I need to further my education. I have been thinking -and researching- about getting an MBA. MBA’s in North America are very expensive. In Canada, it costs anything between 25K to 100K for Executive MBA’s.

Needless to say, I don’t have that kind of money lying around. I was considering getting into debt again to finance an MBA. I have done it in the past when I got my Accounting Diploma, and it was worth it, as my career took a new turn and my earning power drastically increased.

Then, I took a much needed vacation to France and it really put things into perspective. I realized that I don’t necessarily need an MBA, but also, that, after doing further research, I can take free classes via MOOC.

MOOC is the acronym of Massive Open Online Courses. The concept aims to make education very affordable and accessible. Because classes are free and online, anyone can register, regardless of background.

Subjects are infinite, from science to business, philosophy and foreign languages. Classes are taught by top universities such as Harvard.

You can create your own curriculum that mirrors the degree you would like to obtain. The downside is that you don’t actually obtain a degree, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be employable.

I have decided to tailor my classes to what I want to do and to only take the courses I will actually need.

I am really excited about this and can’t wait to get started!

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