Searching for a new job? Adding new skills and certifications to your résumé is a great way to stand out.
If you don’t have the time or resources to go back to school full-time, taking certification courses or attending extension programs can position you to negotiate pay raises and promotions, or change jobs altogether.
Many colleges and universities offer “continuing education” or “adult education” courses in person and online. These certifications and programs can lead to jobs in cloud security, healthcare, the trades and more.
Duration: 3 years or less
Community colleges offer various certification and training programs to help students learn specific skill sets to enter different industries. Find a local school near you and see what they offer.
The IBM Professional Certification Program offers credentials across varying subjects from cloud security to blockchain to Watson. Certifications range from entry-level to advanced, and fit a broad spectrum of professional needs and roles.
Earn microcredentials in IT career fundamentals, business, and medical coding. IT degrees also include industry certifications. Veteran-friendly.
Online learning platform Alison offers over 900 certificate courses in topics you might want to master, from IT to healthcare and more.
CareerOneStop’s certification finder helps you search for the certifications needed for a job by location or keyword, as well as identifying which organization issues them. Veteran-friendly.
CareerOneStop’s license finder helps you search for the professional licenses needed for a job by location or keyword, as well as identifying which organization issues them.
4 questions to find a path for your career today
1. Are you looking for a brand-new career, or a better job in a field you already know?
2. If you were to start on a path to your ideal career today, how much time could you devote to learning new skills or mastering skills you have already?
3. Are you eligible for programs offered to veterans and families of veterans?
4. Do you have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, or are you already on the path to getting one? (Want to skip this? Just click “Next.”)