When a job seeker tries to find a new role, he/she extremely consider the opportunities to learn and grow. It is so natural that job seekers deeply consider their growth and professional development to be important. As the COVID-19 crisis hit the world it also raised the situation of unemployment, during such a period brushing their skills and learning new skills is what keeps them strong to return back to their normal work life.
In order for such work-related changes and the employees looking for an opportunity to learn new skills, remote learning, and online courses are there to help them. There are several platforms available to provide these services that include Coursera, Udemy, edX, Udacity, LinkedIn Learning, Digital Unlocked by Google, AWS training and Certification by Amazon, etc.
This article mainly focuses on the online certificate courses and training the tech giant Google has offered. To thrive in a digital world especially in an IT-related field the online courses provided by google really play a huge role. Google claimed that one doesn’t require any college degree for some courses and the learners likely undertaking such kind of online courses will land a high-paying job in IT support.
The company (Google) also claimed that among all “The IT Support Professional Certificate Program” in Coursera is the most popular program. This course helped thousands of people to find an alternate career path or promoted from their present role. This course gives insight into Google’s 20-year growth and its products, platform, and services that were the backbone of several other businesses to grow.
Google is not only assisting us in a search of resources but also, they help people in several fields with the best online courses and certification. They update and bring a lot of more courses out to help students. Students means, they support them with the scholarship or providing some courses entirely free of cost. Students do not need to worry about the money in taking the new skills. According to a Forbes report, Google is offering 100,000 scholarships around the world.
The actual courses or programs included in this scholarship domain is:
- Data analytics
- Project Management
- User Experience (UX) design
Upon the successful completion of these courses in a particular domain, the participant will be supported and awarded with the certificate that is equivalent to a four-year degree for that domain listed above. This news was rolled out by the Kent Walker (Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Google) in his twitter post.
Google also claims that these courses will cost only a fraction of university education. As well as they make sure that the students could immediately get the high paying and high growth career fields. When it comes to the content of this course it is specially designed and taught by the google employee working in that domain area. The job opportunities are not only limited to Google. It is also accountable that these programs help people find jobs in top employers like Walmart, Best Buy, Intel, Bank of America, and Hulu.
Whatever the certification we achieve, at the end of the day it’s all about the skill and experience we get during the course speaks loudly. Let’s see the famous courses provided by Google and Google in collaboration with the course or platform provider Coursera.
Google IT Support Professional Certificate: (Coursera)
This technical course was solely designed and offered by Google, this professional certification program makes oneself ready with the entry-level job-ready skills in the IT field. This course is designed in such a way that it does not require any prior experience levels. The IT help desk is the role that perfectly aligns with this program.
This certification helps you stand out of the crowd when applying for the jobs, whether it is in Google or in other small or global business-like Cognizant, GE Digital, Infosys, KForce, MCP, PNC Bank, RICHO USA, Sprint, TEKSystems, Veterans United Home Loans, Walmart, etc.
This certificate will gain you a skill that includes customer support, Linux, Linux file systems, troubleshooting, Domain Name System (DNS), Ipv4 internet protocol, network model, Command-Line interface, and Light Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
It also includes real-world IT support projects that give insight into the day to day workplace challenges in the IT help desk. That includes Virtual Assessment in computer assembling, Network simulation, writing support documentation, routing paths and subnets, Wireless Networking, etc.
This program has five modules with video lectures, quizzes, labs, and widgets. The program will make you gain various skills need for one to stay strong in the IT support role. This course with the time schedule of 5 hours per week can be completed in 6 months. As an alternate of timelines, you can also have your own flexible deadlines.
- Technical Support Fundamentals
- The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
- Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
- Systems Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
- IT Security: Defense against the digital dark arts
This course gives insight into some of the core concepts and technologies involved in the IT automation process. This otherwise called infrastructure automation finds wide application in data centers and cloud deployment. The great feature of this course is that it does not require any previous experience. Anyone with a passion for the IT field and computer programming can take this course and gain in-demand skills like Python, Git, and IT automation process.
This program is designed entirely by Google that gives the opportunity for one to take a role as an IT support specialist or junior system administer roles. The potential employers other than Google are Walmart, Sprint, Hulu, Bank of America, etc.
It includes applied real-world projects like capstone projects where you use your learned skill. In addition, it includes the learning of programming language – Python.
This course has 6 modules, with the 4 hours per week schedule entire course can be completed in 8 months.
- Crash Course on Python
- Using Python to Interact with the Operating System
- Introduction to Git and GitHub
- Troubleshooting and Debugging Techniques
- Configuration Management and the Cloud
- Automating Real-world Tasks with Python
Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure: (Google Digital Unlocked – Coursera Financial aid available)
This course is provided by Google Digital Unlocked through the Coursera platform. The cloud market is seeing explosive growth. Its parent Multi-National Company (MNC) Alphabet has announced that GCP has generated over USD 3 Billion in revenue in the quarter.
This course needs some prior experience to start with and complete to get a sharable certificate. This gives the skills in GCP, including Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, and BigQuery.
This course takes approximately 12 hours to complete, with the flexible deadline.
Architecting with Google Compute Engine Specialization: (Coursera – Financial Aid available)
The cloud platform is hitting the IT industry very hard, thousands of big and small enterprises are moving from on-premises hosting to cloud-based hosting. It is estimated that by 2025 80 % of all enterprise’s workload will be migrated to the cloud.
Some famous cloud-based service providers are Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Among all from 2015 to 2019 Google Cloud Platform has seen 40.87% growth in the cloud-based job posting. This course was designed and offered by Google Cloud through Coursera. The aim was to provide the necessary skills (Compute Engine) needed to grab those cloud-based job opportunities.
The skill sets include Google App Engine (GAE), Google Compute Engine, Cloud Computing, Virtual Machine, Network Architecture, Debugging, Cloud Storage, Data Store, Virtual Private Network (VPN). These skills are for Cloud Solution Architects and DevOps Engineers.
This course needs some GCP based experiences to pursue the certification. With the approximate time of 5 hours per week, it could be completed in 3 months.
This course provides the financial aid to the students and for those who cannot pay on their own.
Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform Specialization: (Coursera – Financial Aid Available)
When the word machine learning arises, it points towards a large amount of data. The performance of the machine learning model is based on the amount of data. Processing huge datasets in a traditional way (on-premises) is hard or in some cases not possible at all, the only solution is end-to-end ML with cloud computing.
In order for hosting such a complex ML model in Google cloud, it is essential to have some cloud-based ML skills. Some of those skills included in this course are TensorFlow, Cloud Computing, Inclusive ML, Feature Engineering, Application Programming Interface (API), GCP, Data Cleansing, Python Programming, Build Input Data Pipeline, and Keras.
This program needs some prior experience in ML and cloud and the 6 hours per week could be completed in 3 months. This program includes 5 courses in this specialization that includes:
- How Google does Machine Learning
- Launching into Machine Learning
- Introduction to TensorFlow
- Feature Engineering
- Art and Science of Machine Learning
Stay tuned! A lot of new opportunities will be here for you!