Employers are steadily striving to fill manager positions at their firms and mostly because the world looks out for paper certificates before most people get a chance to showcase experience, there has been a surge in the number of people opting for management programs and for the more high-handed MBAs. Those left out can either not afford the programs or are ‘too busy’ to finish. Here’s how to actually kill those two birds with one stone.
This is a list of 5 top management courses and programmes from around the world which are completely flexible, some offering certificates and all of them completely FREE.
FutureLearn: FutureLearn already boasts over 6 million learners on its platform where it offers courses from some of the top universities and some organisations specialized in certain areas of everyday work. Their courses follow the flexible format of most online classes with students from around the world and quizzes after modules. One top tip about FutureLearn is you can get a post graduate degree or diploma on their platform. Start here https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/categories/business-and-management-courses?all_courses=1 and discover management courses from Purdue University, University of Virginia, University of Leeds
Oxford Home Study College: This is not linked to Oxford University, rather it is a distance learning college operated by professionals who have been engaged in delivering home based study programmes for over a decade. The college gives out diplomas and certificates with the accreditation of top bodies. They currently have a FREE 80 hour management course you should check here http://www.oxfordhomestudy.com/courses/online-management-courses/free-online-certificate-courses-in-management.
Coursera: Coursera used to be the go to place for every course for free, but gradually, this awesome Internet resource has revamped itself to feature paid for courses. Nevertheless, this Standford owned online learning platform still has some of the best management courses you can find online and some of them are still free. What is more exciting is that you can take a combination of courses as a specialization and earn a certificate for it. Here’s a sample of free management course on their platform – https://www.coursera.org/learn/company-future-management
OpenLearn: This platform was designed by The Open University and only just requires you to select what you want learn about in management and start learning. That easy. To take their management courses, simply search under the leadership & management section and dive in. There are courses on people management, operations and many more.
EdX – EdX was started by MIT and Harvard, so you know what sort of courses to expect from this platform. What is more exciting is that they have been able to bring many instructors from reputable universities like Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore to deliver courses on their platform. The courses are designed to self-paced and some timed. We must say that they have some of the on demand management courses such as IT Management, Managerial Economics, even Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs, so you will be in good hands here. Try this out for a start https://www.edx.org/course/innovation-it-management-iimbx-is110x-1
It is really important before enrolling on any of these platforms to carefully determine what you want to learn and go for it. Consider the hours you will be required to put in and be sure you can cope with that. Also, platforms like Coursera provide financial aid, but even when that might not be available earning a verified certificate is a cool thing but the knowledge matters most
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