Fast Track: Learn the Most Wanted Skills of 2018 for Free

Two influential leaders of our time, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs didn’t finish school – something that they could have done easily today through MOOC or Massive Open Online Courses. In some ways, MOOC, fueled by the Internet is correspondence school on steroids – leveled up and made affordable or free. It is a great equalizer because you can study the most wanted core and soft skills (and get certified for it) in practically any field from home. Some classes are conducted in real time, across different time zones. However, about 90% of courses give you the freedom to learn anywhere, anytime.

Staying Relevant in a Brave New World

LinkedIn, Indeed and Upwork have identified most wanted skills that have sharply veered from the usual customer service and marketing skills that dominated the past years. 2018 and beyond sees man pitted against bots and AI. Predicted also is greater collaboration among and between teams physically apart and working online through the cloud, making it necessary to acquire new skills for a cross-cultural workforce.

What is MOOC?

 “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.”


MOOCs like EDX, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Skillshare, and CodeAcademy offer a wide range of courses in popular fields like computer science, management, business and other technical courses like programming, design, graphics, gaming, and animation. Those who prefer to be grounded on the basics can start with Alison and GFCLearn. Khan Academy is heavy on Math, Coding and even offers a Pixar course for free! LinkedIn has thrown in its hat and has acquired, a popular site specializing in technical subjects., a leader in LMS or learning management systems offers must-take courses for those who are applying for their first job or re-inventing themselves to remain relevant.

Getting a Master’s from top Universities like Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Berkeley, Wharton, Johns Hopkins and other Ivy League Schools is now a distinct possibility. In fact, the area of study is so wide that MOOCs can prepare you for practically anything – from language proficiency test preparation like IELTS, TOEFL to highly in-demand  Apps Development, Microsoft, Programming Languages (JAVA, C, SQL, Python), Quickbooks, Maya, Adobe and other certifications. And just to prove that it is up-to-date, you can even study about Supply Chains/Logistics, Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Robotics!

Courseware, Delivery, and Quality Assurance

Typically, each course, whether fundamental or advanced has a very good industry-relevant and updated curriculum. Lecturers are from both the academe and industry. They are so skilled that even canned video becomes interactive with downloadable lessons, exercises, tests, assignments, and in some cases, projects. It can be tough and you can’t proceed to the next topic or level without passing the current one. Quality assurance is built-in every step of the way. The caveat is that “garbage in, garbage out” so to make learning meaningful, you must engage and focus.

When teachers go live, these sessions are recorded for viewing at a more convenient time. Tools like Zoom, Google Hangout, and Skype make it interactive with screen sharing, file sharing, messaging, video, and options for recording. Most of the lessons are offered free or on “audit” only which means that you pay only if you need a proof of accomplishment (e.g. certificate). Other courses are offered in clusters and you pay for the more advanced classes.

Job Preparation

Before you get hired or contracted to work independently, companies in the words of the actress Sally Field, “must really, really like you!” Indeed, Glassdoor, Upwork, LinkedIn and Monster put prime importance on soft skills. EDX, one of the leading MOOCs, through the Rochester Institute of Technology, offers 3 reasonably-priced courses targeted to teach you:

Good to have skills – something oddly reassuring in a flux of changing paradigms. A brave new world indeed!

5 Ways Websites Allow You to Streamline Your Life from a Computer

On an average day, 83 percent of women spend 2.6 hours on household activities. Meanwhile, 65 percent of men did about 2.1 hours of similar activities, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regardless of how much time you spend on cleaning, cooking and on household chores, it’s time that could be spent doing something more enjoyable than cleaning out gutters. Now a days you can find almost any service online via web, of course for that every services needs a good website and design to offer this, they can outsource that  with website design Perth by The Web Shop. There are ways to make your day-to-day easier, with options to outsource other kind of tasks completely. Here are five chores and tasks you can streamline today to free up more time in your schedule:

1. Meal and food delivery services

Planning, preparing and eating food consumes much of our day that could be spent with loved ones or finishing up work. Use a meal or food delivery service that can cut back on the time spent at the grocery store and in the kitchen. In larger cities like New York and San Francisco, Fresh Direct delivers right to your door and even sells prepared meals.

But even if you live in a small area, meal service is possible. Try a site like to get pre-packaged ingredients shipped right to you. You make the meal fresh with the supplies that are already measured out and ready to go. It’s a fun and easy way to make new meals without the legwork of recipe planning and shopping at custom sign shop.

2. Household goods delivery

Groceries and food aren’t the only items that can be easily delivered to your door to streamline your life. Amazon’s subscription service can send out orders of paper towels, diapers, soda, toothbrushes, household cleaners and dozens of other non-perishable items at a discount. Best of all, once you set-up the order, it comes at the same time every month or in any duration you choose until you cancel.

3. Online Education

Everyone from homeschoolers to college students, or even those just looking to pick-up a new skill, can take online classes. Sites like offer courses on everything from learning website coding to learning a new language. OpenSesame works similarly to Udemy and offers classes on business writing to preparing yourself for court.

There are sites for just about anything you need to learn. Sites like can save time for both kids and Mom and Dad. Teenagers can take online driving tests to prep for their exams without the need to hassle their parents to help study for their tests. By the time parents need to hit the open road with their teen for a practice drive, half the work has already been done.

4. Virtual Assistants

Outsourcing your office work to virtual assistants isn’t a new idea. But you can also outsource your tedious personal tasks with ease. Sites like Fancy Hands can help book travel, sit on the phone with customer service to weed through prompts and waiting times and research return policies. Use a site like TaskRabbit to hire someone to come assemble furniture, return an item to the store or take your junk to storage.

5. Transportation

Cars are quickly becoming optional in a world where Uber, Sidecar and Lyft can be instantly scheduled through a website or smartphone app. A driver appears at your door within minutes, ready to take you to work, the airport, grocery store or anywhere else you need to go. In some cities, you can schedule a car with a carseat or luxury vehicle for a fun night out or business meeting.

Now, regardless of whether you do these tasks or outsource them, that choice has become much easier to make. Thanks technology! Well… when you’re not dealing with the bugs that is.

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