Searching for a job but having no luck? Do interviewers keep saying that you need more skills?
But what if you have neither the money nor the time to get a degree? How can you learn new skills quickly and affordably?
With your Mentor Public Library card, of course.
Your card gives you access to hundreds of online classes through Gale Courses. They offer courses on everything from music to technology to accounting, many of which are taught by college professors. And they’re all free with your library card.
And several of them teach skills that will make your more employable. Here are 10 of the most popular:
Here’s where to start if you don’t know where to start with computers. This class is a great introduction to Windows 10 and Office 2016 and is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today’s workplace.
It’s OK if you’re scared of Excel. Spreadsheets can be intimidating, even to seasoned professionals who otherwise consider themselves technologically literate. But this class will give you training, help, and personal support from an experienced instructor as you learn Excel basics step-by-step.
It’s hard to get anywhere nowadays without your high-school diploma. This course will help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your studying on the areas that you need most. You’ll also learn the basics of what you need on the four GED test sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning.
There’s also a GED prep course that focuses on math, if you know that’s a weak spot for you.
Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients? If so, here’s the perfect solution. Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap.
Gale offers a Spanish for Law Enforcement course, as well.
Don’t know your Pinterest from your Google+? Your Snapchat from your Vine? Whether you consider yourself a social media novice or a seasoned veteran, this course will give you a solid foundation and thorough understanding of what social media is and how you can use it to grow your business.
Beyond social media, Gale also has a course on marketing your business online.
Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you’re interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You’ll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions.
For further studies, try Accounting Fundamentals II.
This course teaches how to raise funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders whose interests match your organization’s. You’ll also learn how to network and develop partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.
Take your first steps toward a career as a computer programmer! In this course, you’ll learn to use Just BASIC, a free Windows programming language, to create stand-alone applications for professional or personal use. Even if you’ve never programmed before, you’ll find it easy to follow the step-by-step instructions in each lesson.
Go from beginner to builder. Learn the HTML skills you need to build an attractive and effective web site. And there’s always Advanced Web Pages, if you want to take it up another level.
Maybe you already have a job but you want to take the next step upward. This course teaches how to make the transition from employee to manager, delegate responsibilities, resolve conflict, and manage your valuable time.
By the way, Ohio Means Jobs offers free assessment and training tests if you’re wondering what skills you need to improve.