12 Online Classes to Launch Your Next Career

Posted by on Mon, Sep 7, 2015

Online courses to start new careers

Happy Labor Day from LearningAdvisor.com!

Whether you celebrate Labor Day with a vacation, a cookout, or just a sigh as you roll over in bed and realize you can sleep in, the focus is the same—we’re all relaxing from work to pay tribute to a nation made great by its labor force. (Thank you Mr. Maguire!)

In honor of the seasoned, hard-working employees of this country who are searching for their next great careers, we have scoured the top 200 online classes people are viewing in the LearningAdvisor course database to find the most popular free and low-cost courses geared toward helping people begin new careers. Here are the top twelve:

1. TESOL Teacher Training: Second Language Acquisition

The Basic TESOL Certificate Course that was first on our list is no longer available, but since there is clearly a lot of interest in learning how to teach English as a second language, I have replaced it with another TESOL course. This class covers the prominent theories in the field and discusses how to apply them in a classroom.

2. Become a Paid Life Coach Online

This course promises to help new coaches learn the basic building blocks of running their own coaching business, including how to generate leads. Even if you are not yet certified, this course will give you a better idea of what is in store for you should you move into this career.

3. How To Flip Houses & Divorce Your 9-5

Anyone who watches cable television knows by now that flipping houses for a living has become a lifestyle choice for many people. If you’re wondering how you can learn to flip houses for a profit, or if you’d even want to, this course is a good place to start. Learn about the marketplace, how to determine a home’s value, tips for approaching homeowners, and more.

4. Insurance Prelicensing

Whether you’re looking for a fresh start in the insurance industry or you’re planning to expand the portfolio of products you already sell, this course will help you master the material you need to pass a state’s Insurance Licensing exam.

5. Your Next Chapter: A Career in Real Estate

The professional and life experience that one brings into a midlife career switch is often the perfect recipe for a successful real estate career. Explore the field and prep for passing your state’s real estate licensing exam with this course.

6. Introduction to Forensic Science

This college course uses case-based scenarios to explore the various types of evidence forensic scientists use to solve criminal cases. Accord to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a forensic technician is $52,840.

7. An Introduction to Operations Management

One of a series of specialization courses from a well-known business school, this class covers the management skills you need to run most any organization including how to analyze business processes and how to improve them. This is need-to-know information for either obtaining a management position or starting a business of your own.

8. Professional Presence

This course will help you develop professional skills that are transferable into any career. These skills include managing interpersonal relationships, financial decision making, and effective communications in a global marketplace.

9. Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development

If you’re thinking of starting a new career in education, this course will help you explore the specifics of becoming an early childhood professional. Learn more about the professional standards and strategies for being a successful teacher to this age group.

10. An Introduction to Corporate Finance

If you’re considering a career in business, especially in the financial service sector, take this course to learn how to analyze financial decisions in this companion class to our #7 entry.

11. Preparing for a Career in Public Safety

If you’re passionate about public safety, careers in the field of criminal justice can help you give back to your community while protecting your family and your peers. Learn what professions are available and begin to map out your options in this introductory course.

12. Getting Started as a Wedding and Event Planner

If you’ve ever successfully staged a wedding or other event, you may be wondering if you could do it for a living. This course will help you to explore the industry and plan your next steps.

Learning online is a flexible and convenient way to advance your career or start a new one. If you’r e over 50 and interested in going back to school online, join a live online Open House to learn more.

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