How to Get a World-Class Education for Free on the Internet

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Amy X. Wang
getpocket.com
5 min

Whether you’re seeking new employment mid-career, or curious about alternatives to college, take advantage of these online resources.

First, apply yourself. Photo by Reuters/Brian Snyder. First, apply yourself. Photo by Reuters/Brian Snyder.

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.

In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a particular subject will no longer suffice for many of us anyway. As robots and automation sweep the global workforce, hundreds of millions of people—the majority of whom do not have the time or money to go pick up a brand-new four-year degree—will have to “re-skill” in order to land new jobs. The question that employees and employers alike face is how to get that done quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly to many, cheaply.

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