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In this age of cut-throat competition in academics and life, every millennial aspires to stand out with everything all figured out. To be prepared to face the world out there. And in the process, push themselves more, a little more. After all, the more the skills, the more likely are the chances of securing a job, right?
For basic education just doesn't cut it anymore and candidates constantly look for more skills to add to their CV. And if they are to be believed when they say learning is a lifelong process, it must especially be true in the case of personal development.
'So, what is personal development?' you may ask. It's the process comprising activities that help improve one's abilities and awareness, develop and hone talent, facilitates employability, and fosters goal-setting and realisation of one's dreams and aspirations.
Since everything is readily available online these days, we know for a fact that the worldwide web out there has a lot to offer. We've drawn up a list of helpful courses available on Coursera that you can sign up for, for your personal growth.
Offered by: University of Minnesota
What's it about? Problem solving is a skill. But, solving any problem creatively is an art. And you can learn it through this course. Through a series of creativity-building exercises, short lectures and readings, one can develop both an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability.
It's a six-week course and will take up 4-6 hours of your time a week.
Offered by: University of Michigan
What's it about? We live in the day and age where being an influencer (we're not talking about being a social media influencer) is something everyone wants to be. How do you deal with people when you cannot apply authority? Well, that's what this course will help you do. The influence strategies you learn in this course will make you a more confident and influential leader, presenter, and decision-maker. And help you pitch your ideas better.
It is actually a four-week sub-course under Leading People and Teams Specialisation. If you want, you can take up the whole module or take this up individually.
Offered by: University of Washington
What's it about? Do you feel nervous and rack your brains before you have to deliver a presentation? Don't worry, this specialised course comes to your aid. It aims at helping speakers at every level and “provides you with the instruction, experience, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations.”
There are four courses available and you can choose the one you want to opt for, in any order possible. Each course is five-week long and requires a couple of hours per week.
Offered by: University System of Georgia
What's it about? Now, that's a bummer for anyone who steps into the professional world. Apparently, there are set protocols and ways in which email communication takes place. “This course is at the introductory or beginner level and focuses on mastering the basics of email etiquette and communication,” reads the site.
By the end of this course, you will not only be able to write clear and concise emails/memos and recognise five different types of emails/memos and their formats, but you'll also be able to analyse its context for audience and tone while using basic grammar correctly.
Offered by: University of Pennsylvania
What's it about? Curated especially for non-U.S. citizens, this course aims at basic preparation for the application process to American universities. The reason there's a need for this course is because it breaks down the procedure in understandable terms, gives you details about the documentation and other practical information needed for studying in the US, which usually is deemed as a confusing process.
Those of you who aspire to go ahead and study in the US, this is application guide 101 you absolutely need. In five weeks, you will know everything you need to know about the application process in American universities.
Humans by nature are curious beings and have an inherent penchant for knowledge. And, online courses help one attain that knowledge with just a few clicks.