Technology Skills for Alumnae

For many alumnae, lack of confidence or familiarity with technology is an impediment in the job search. Perhaps you worked in a job that didn’t require much use of technology, or perhaps you have been out of the workforce for a while and are not up to date. You may be confident in some areas and less so in others. Maybe you are curious and like new challenges. There are many resources out there to help you update and improve your technology related skills.  

Here are some examples of online course providers (MOOC):


  • EdX is a non-profit online course provider hosting university level courses in a wide variety of subjects.  It was created by Harvard University and MIT and brings together schools, non-profit organizations, and companies.  Some courses are free and some charge a fee.   
     

  • Coursera
    is a fee based online platform started by two Stanford professors.  Courses, certificates, and degrees can be earned from universities and educational institutions from around the world.  Financial aid may be available.
     

  • Udacity
    is a free global learning platform focusing on career advancement through mastery of skills in demand in today’s workplace.  
     

  • Khan Academy
    offers is a personalized learning resource to help student in and out of the classroom.  They offer practice exercises and instructional videos in a variety of subjects including math, science, computer programming, economics, and more.
     

  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
    is a Web-based publication of almost all MIT course materials for educators and individuals pursuing self-study.
     

  • Lynda.com
    is a fee-based online learning platform (recently acquired by LinkedIn.  Their video library of courses are taught by industry experts in five languages. Subscribers have access to courses that will help them develop software, creative, and business skills.
     

  • Ted-ed
    is the education and youth initiative that grew out of TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually through recorded short talks on wide-ranging topics.  
     
  • If you would like to delve further into coding or more advance tech concepts, explore Codeacademy, Codeschool.com, or Treehouse.

Additionally, local libraries, community centers, adult education programs, and senior centers often have classes on technology basics including LinkedIn, Excel, Photoshop, Email, Facebook and more. Local colleges and universities may allow auditing of some courses.  Finally, consider asking a teenager in your family or neighborhood to help you learn a new skill or become familiar with a social media platform.

 

Where to Start

We recommend that you focus in the following areas:

  1. Have a basic understanding of social media:  LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat — even if you do not use it.
  2. Know how to use email and how to text — understand the etiquette.
  3. Know how to search using Google effectively.  There are many tutorials and helpful troubleshooting resources that you can use even with a technology problem.  
  4. For some jobs, you may need at least a familiarity with Excel and/or Powerpoint.  
  5. Learn about internet security and how to protect yourself from spam, phishing schemes, and viruses.