Avoid older worker stereotypes—and layoffs—by maintaining 8 Ways to Impress cutting-edge skills.
Working just a few years beyond traditional retirement age can significantly boost the odds that you’ll have enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement. That’s because earning a paycheck until you’re say, 68 or 70 allows you to delay tapping your nest egg, gives you fewer retirement years to fund, and, most important, means you can wait to take Social Security and get a larger benefits check.
But often older workers are vulnerable to layoffs because they are perceived as complacent and not up on the latest technology. If you want to stretch out your working years, you need to make an active effort to stay up to date on technology and trends in your industry.
The good news is that the proliferation of free and relatively low-cost online courses makes it easier to keep your skills current. Chances are if you extend your working years, you’ll be reporting to someone younger. Here are eight online courses that will help you show younger folks at work that you’ve got 21st-century skills too.
1. Course: Big Data Demystified
Who offers it: GeneralAssemb.ly
Cost: AED 150
What you’ll learn: What “big data” means and how the systems powering big data work. For product managers, digital strategists, web developers, and anyone who works around data-gathering
2. Course: Social Media Strategy Bootcamp
Who offers it: MediaBistro
Cost: AED 1280.83
What you’ll learn: How to create and implement a social media strategy for your brand or product
3. Course: Introduction to Marketing
Who offers it: Wharton Business School via Coursera
What you’ll learn: Fundamentals of marketing and brand strategy, taught by top business school professors
4. Course: Principles of Project Management
Who offers it: Open2Study
What you’ll learn: Basics of project management and how to run projects effectively
5. Course: Introduction to Statistics
Who offers it: BerkeleyX via edX
What you’ll learn: Introduction to statistics and how to present numerical information in a useful and illuminating way
6. Course: Understanding Media by Understanding Google
Who offers it: Northwestern University via Coursera
What you’ll learn: How media companies, journalists, marketers, politicians, and social networks use Google to target you, and strategies for adapting those principles to your own business
7. Course: Techniques and Concepts of Big Data
Who offers it: Lynda.com
Cost: AED 137.625 (for unlimited courses monthly on Lynda.com)
What you’ll learn: Techniques and concepts involved in capturing, storing, manipulating, and analyzing big data and how big data impacts consumers and businesses
8. Course: Programming for Non-Programmers
Who offers it: General Assemb.ly
Cost: AED 179.83 per month (for live streams and on-demand classes)
What you’ll learn: For people who work in teams with developers, you’ll learn how to speak their language as well as basic programming concepts