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Knowledge is empowering and information is power. Unfortunately, not too many people can afford to get a university degree and, at the same time, large numbers of students who manage to finish a university are covered in debt from university loans. Until today, not having financial support from your family and not having access to free courses meant that you weren’t probably going to go too far career-wise. Since 1985, the cost of education skyrocketed to a staggering increase in price of 559%. People should not be conditioned by money when it comes to access to knowledge, however the world is not a just place.

Luckily things are starting to change, more and more people are starting to see this injustice and some of them are even taking a stand and did something about it. Through the power of technology and the Internet many online learning platforms start to emerge. Now I know what you are thinking, I was also skeptical at first, but it turn out that online learning can be more effective than classroom learning. If you don’t take my word for it, I invite you to have a look at this TEDx talk:

Of course, there is still the problem of having a proper degree, but looking at how nicely this online trend is growing, mentalities will shift. The job market is an ever evolving industry, which I am sure will keep up with this new game changer. In the end, most employers don’t really care how fancy your degree is, what matters most if your knowledge and skill. That is what directly translates in productivity for the organization.

So if you are ready to start learning, here are some good platforms where you can do that. This is a personal recommendation as well, since I am also using them to improve my skill and knowledge. Here you can find courses from top universities like Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Oxford and many others:

 

 

Author: Alexandru Cojocaru

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