Use Gale Courses and your Mentor Public Library card to learn useful skills for free.
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:
1. Computer Skills for the Workplace
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.
2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
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.
There’s also an intermediate and advanced class if you’re feeling ambitious.
3. Prepare for the GED Test
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.
Furthermore, Gale also has GRE, SAT and ACT prep courses.
4. Spanish for Medical Professionals
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.
5. Using Social Media in Business
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.
6. Accounting Fundamentals
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.
7. A to Z Grant Writing
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.
There are several grant-writing courses available on Gale, including Writing Effective Grant Proposals, Advances Grant Proposal Writing, and Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials.
8. Introduction to Programming
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.
Gale offers a plethora of programming courses, including introductions to Java, SQL, C#, PHP and MySQL.
9. Creating Web Pages
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.
10. Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
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.
The second course in the series teaches even more skills.
By the way, Ohio Means Jobs offers free assessment and training tests if you’re wondering what skills you need to improve.
Finally , if you want more help in your career hunt, check out Ohio Means Jobs’ tips for writing a resume and searching for jobs online.