Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enrol…and there are thousands of them open at any one time. The good news (if free isn’t good news in itself) is that they are a great way to supplement your employability skills and advance your career, not only while you are studying, but after you graduate as part of your lifelong learning plan. And if that’s not enough, the other good news is that you can enrol then ‘dip in’ to work out how you’d like to engage; you might like to just skim through and focus on sections or resources that are most relevant to you, take the full course and interact and learn from other participants but not worry about any official certification, or complete all assessments and pay to be certified by the institution running the course. It’s up to you.

What puts may people off is the wide range of MOOCs that are available at any one time – how do you find what’s on offer, just when you have the time and motivation to engage in ‘something extra’? The good news is that there’s a great site called MOOC-List which allows you to search for MOOCs that are coming up in the next 30 days, using a series of filters to narrow down to those that fit the subject areas you are interested in.

For this challenge, go to MOOC-List and explore the range of courses available in a few employability areas that you are particularly interested in.

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