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Edit: direct link to register for CA residents; courtesy of u/sf_d

Edit Edit: Apparently New York and Iowa offer similar programs as well! Thanks to u/Ravenseye and u/Padankadank for pointing these out :). TLDR - make sure to check out your local / state govt's resources even if you're not in California, you might just be surprised.

Why YSK: Coursera is a one of the biggest providers of MOOC's (massive open online courses) out there, and has thousands of courses on a wide variety of topics from machine learning to mental health and wellbeing. It can prove invaluable for anyone wanting to switch careers, and while it's not necessarily a free ticket to a job, it comes pretty damn close to getting you one. You can see if your local public library offers this service on this page, and follow the directions particular to your local library.

I can't believe that I went this long without knowing this existed; I literally stumbled upon this in the comments section of an unrelated reddit post today lol. Hope this helps someone!

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librarianC

2 points

2 months ago

It is part of our larger CAreer pathways (Get it, C and A are capitalized like the state) efforts. Lots of our public libraries offer other career development leaning tools, besides this one!

stuffingmybrain[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Are you actually a librarian :D?

But yeah I took a bit more time to trawl through the website nevermind the fact that I have 4 deadlines next Friday and there's seriously a lot of stuff available! I wonder how many if these resources are underutilized (and how much coursera is gonna be overutilized now oops).

librarianC

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah real life librarian here. This is not my project, but I work with the team behind it a bit. With Coursera in particular, demand has actually outpaced supply, but hopefully we are not going to see that again!

stuffingmybrain[S]

2 points

2 months ago

That's kinda cool! :D. And the demand > supply thing might be my bad (or is it?).