10 Free Sites To Keep Stay-At-Home Moms Relevant In The Workforce

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10 Free Sites To Keep Stay-At-Home Moms Relevant In The WorkforceWe made the choice for my husband to be the primary breadwinner and I struggled with that initially; honestly, I still do. I felt like I was losing all the skills I had acquired in the military and was scared that if I ever wanted or needed to re-enter the workforce, I wasn’t going to be able to make nearly as much money as I would want. 

I decided to finish school and start a business that I can work on my own time, but business ownership isn’t always a desired or feasible option. It takes a lot of start-up money for some and a HUGE time commitment with no end in sight. And higher education is expensive with the average cost of a 4-year degree now around $35,000. It isn’t always an option to just go back to school. 

The good news is that the market is shifting and putting more weight into acquired skills. Employers are using practical testing to hire and are less impressed with how long you’ve spent in school. There are many free courses available online that can help you stay up-to-date and competitive in today’s job market! Either learn a new skill, enter a new industry or brush up on essentials. 

Here are 10 of the best sites to take free courses:

  1. Google’s Education platform has a great education program centered around all things tech. You can learn to code, enter into project management or even become part of user design. The courses issue certificates upon completion too. The courses are done through Coursera, which does have a monthly fee of around $30/month, but financial aid is available. 
  2. EDx is a collaboration website that brings some of the top universities together to offer courses, certificates, and micro degrees across multiple disciplines. Some courses are listed as “affordable” while I also found 89 free courses available to start today. 
  3. Skillup is an educational website that offers some of Amazon’s cloud computing courses as well as a whole library of free courses and they even list potential earnings for each one. 
  4. Harvard’s online learning offers tons of free courses across tech, philosophy, math and science. The courses are a great way to get fundamentals in a new field or brush up on an existing sector. 
  5. Microsoft has a huge list of free courses to take online. Lots of tech options as well as support roles for the tech and data industry. 
  6. MIT offers ALL its course material online for free! Need I say more? 
  7. If you’re serious about breaking into the tech industry and earning the big bucks, check out Udacity and their free course offerings. 
  8. LinkedIn Learning Courses has free and paid courses with many of them focusing on business and management. 
  9. Udemy is one of the largest online learning platforms. They offer thousands of classes in multiple industries and the last search turned up 10,000 free courses. 
  10. And the last one is for moms who may want or need to work. More and more companies are offering educational benefits. Walmart is offering to pay 100% tuition and Books for Associates, Dolly Parton is doing the same, and here is a list of 36 companies offering similar tuition programs. 

The best part about most of these classes is that they can be completed remotely, so you don’t have to worry about commuting or wasting your day on something like traffic! Some of our favorite sites include Udemy, Coursera, and MIT. Remember: if there’s a course you’re interested in completing, search it up! You may even find some paid courses available which will help support your efforts towards career advancement while still being able to take care of your family responsibilities

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Hello! I'm Jessica. I grew up in Northern Indiana where I joined the Navy right out of high school. After 3 deployments and some amazing port calls I married a fellow sailor and began a family. We moved around a few times in search of a forever city. After a few visits to the Chattanooga area we fell in love and set in motion our move to the highly recommended Signal Mountain. I am slowly chipping away at my marketing degree while working part time at a local marketing agency. I am also a huge portrait photography lover and have a small studio up here on Signal Mountain where I shoot luxury portrait for children and women. You can check out my work at www.venyaportrait.com. We have 2 kiddos, Jazzy(6) who's larger than life and Joseph(3) who is taking his sweet time growing up. We have always planned to adopt as well and are currently awaiting a match for a big sister in need of a loving home. I also volunteer as a court advocate for abused and neglected children in the area. It's a great program and you can check out more at https://www.tncasa.org/. You can find me binging true crime podcasts and dark drama shows late at night. I'm a serial hobbyist, I'll never turn down an iced coffee, I actually try hard not to cuss like a sailor and I love meeting different kinds of people.

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