You check your Facebook feed. Then you check your Instagram feed. You text your friends for a while, then take a selfie and upload it online and your self esteem shoots up with each ‘like’.
This is the case with most millennials. Social media is great, agreed, but there’s more to internet than hours of passive browsing. Wanna know what’s more? We did some research and found the following sites to be very useful, and we’ve categorised it for you.
MOOC’s (Online courses)
Here, you can access 1600 free online courses from leading institutions including Harvard, MIT, Microsoft, and more.There are a lot of free courses with interesting projects that will develop your knowledge as well as add value to your CV. From Tech to Humanities, the range of courses available is incredible!
2) Data Camp
Data Science is a booming field right now. Data Scientist is touted as the ‘sexiest job of the 21st Century’. Data Camp specialises in offering courses related to the field of Data Science and Analytics. If you love numbers, and want to develop your analytical and coding abiliies, this is the best website out there, especially because the beginner courses are free!
Okay, so you’re not interested in academics. Fine. Udemy comes to the rescue! Here, you can find courses related to your hobbies, work, self-development etc. taught by experts in their fields. Nobody feels left out at Udemy. There’s something for everyone! The best part is, you can set up your own course and become a tutor at Udemy, and start earning.
Some other good websites for MOOCs are:
Earn money online
Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. If you’re good at what you do, you can make some good money here.
This, in our opinion is the best earn while you learn website. Companies post business and engineering challenges , and students have to provide insightful and innovative solutions for which they are financially rewarded. Registration is free. The solutions require some research, but it is certainly worth the time, because as much as 50% of the solutions submitted are rewarded!
Got a twisted (read good) sense of humour, and a flair for writing? Submit your humorous articles to Cracked and if they get published, you get paid! Make sure you are at the top of the game for this one. Writing was never so much fun(ny) !
You can also check out Listverse , which is like Cracked, for listicles.
Social and Professional Networking
LinkedIn is the ultimate social network for students, employees, employers and entrepreneurs. It has something for everyone. As you make more connections, your chances of getting that dream job improve. As they say, first make a good LinkedIn profile. Most employers will expect an updated LinkedIn profile. Don’t dissappoint them.
Quora has grown from a simple Q&A site, to a community of curious and passionate users. You can help people by answering their questions, and read answers written by highly accomplished, amazing people. You can start networking there by commenting on answers. A lot of Quorans have, in fact , become really good friends online!
Front page of the internet, indeed! Reddit can be a little intimidating at first, but is a wonderful website for curious minds. Make sure that you follow only those sub-reddits that are relevant to you. r/college and r/education are good topics to follow. You can post links, write posts and ask and answer questions. Though not nearly as professional as Linkedin, it has its own charm.
The next time someone tells you that you’re spending too much time on the internet, show ’em this list!
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