If you've been wanting to pivot to a tech career (many of which rank the highest in job satisfaction) or advance in your current role, you'll likely need additional schooling or training. And who better to teach you the tricks of the trade than Google, one of the most successful technology companies in the world?
As an effort to make career advancement more accessible, Google leads several certificate programs that require no prior degree or experience to complete. Following the success of its IT certificate program through Coursera (which is now the most popular offering on the platform), Google has launched three new certificate programs in data analytics, UX design, and project management.
Each program is free to try out for seven days with a Coursera trial. After the trial ends, the program will cost $39 a month to keep learning, so the faster you complete each course, the more money you'll save.
Yes. Google is offering 100,000 scholarships to make the programs more accessible.
To apply, click the "Financial aid available" link under the "Try for Free: Enroll to start your 7-day full access free trial" text. You can then access a form to apply for aid. (Note: applications take about 15 days to review).
Each program features videos, readings, and hands-on projects that can be theoretically completed in less than six months, depending on your pace. Each program is 100% online and completely flexible with your schedule, so you can knock out more coursework on weeks when you have more time or take a break if you need to without being penalized.
All of the programs are led by Google's subject-matter experts and senior practitioners in their respective fields so that the information presented uses the most up-to-date software and platforms.
Once you receive your certificate, you can add it to your resume, CV, or LinkedIn profile, just as you would with any Coursera certificate.
One feature unique to Google is the Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium, an exclusive network of over 130 participating companies — like Google, Target, Verizon, Deloitte, and more — where you can apply to open positions once you've completed one of Google's online programs.