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Important Things to Know About Your Student Loans

April 10, 2019

With total student loan debt in the United States now over $1.5 trillion, students have to be prepared to pay off those student loans when they graduate. Knowing your available repayment, forgiveness and tax options will not only help you manage your student loans effectively—it may also save you money.

Many students fail to look into their repayment and forgiveness options, which can hurt their ability to pay off their loans on time. On top of this, some students don’t realize how private student loans differ from federal aid. To help you understand your student loans, here are some of the most important things to know.

Interest accrues while you’re in school.

When you take out an unsubsidized federal student loan or a private student loan, interest will start accruing as soon as the loan is disbursed. This means that although you can usually defer repayment until after you leave or graduate from school, the interest you owe on the loan will start to build up while you’re in school and will continue accruing throughout repayment. When you graduate, you will be responsible for paying off the interest accrued and your total loan amount.

There are multiple federal student loan repayment options.

Federal student loans have several repayment options. Upon graduation, you’ll be automatically enrolled in a 10-year standard repayment plan unless you opt for an income-driven repayment plan. With one of these plans, your monthly payments will be based on a percentage of your income, and your loan balance will be forgiven after 20 to 25 years of repayment.

Private loan repayment options are limited compared to federal student loan repayment.

Private student loan repayment options are a bit different from federal aid options. Generally, private lenders don’t base your monthly payments on your income. Instead, you will choose a loan term, usually between five and 20 years, with a monthly payment based on paying off your balance and interest by the end of your term. There are no forgiveness options for private student loans.

You may qualify for tax deductions or tax credits.

You may be able to claim certain education tax credits or deductions if you’re in school or paying off a student loan. If you are still in school, you may qualify for the American opportunity tax credit and lifelong learning credit. And if you’re repaying your student loan debt, you should look into the student loan interest deduction and the earned income tax credit. Tax credits and deductions typically have income and filing status requirements, but if you qualify, you stand to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on your taxes.

As graduation gets closer and those loans start to creep up on you a little faster, remember these financial tips from GradGuard to help you out!

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3 Tips For Effectively Working Remotely

April 9, 2019

As you start interviewing for your first professional job, you’ll likely realize that many companies are adopting remote capabilities for their employees. Working remotely allows you more opportunities when it comes to finding a job and therefore can be an exciting option. However, it is important to keep in mind and prepare for the differences that remote work can bring about. To help familiarize you with those differences and how to combat the difficulties, here are a few tips to help you maximize efficiency while working remotely:

Get In The Mindset

Be sure to set yourself up for success by transitioning from “life mode” to “work mode” every morning. This can best be done by dedicating a physical work location in your home or apartment where work is done. Other physical changes that can help your transition include showering and changing your clothes as if you were going to the office or wearing shoes/ slippers to feel like you are fully dressed and ready to focus.

Have The Appropriate Tools

Any remote worker will tell you that having insufficient technology can be the demise of a successful setup. To ensure you are set up for the most successful system possible, initially ask if your employer utilizes the best communication tools so you can feel included despite the physical distance from coworkers. On top of supplying you with a reliable laptop and keyboard, one of the best things your company can provide you with is a unified communication platform to video conference and instant message with fellow employees every day. Be sure to ask when you are interviewing for remote positions if they implement these systems or if there is room to adopt them in the future.

Know When To “Log Off”

One of the most challenging parts of working remotely can be knowing when to “log off” for the night. Because technology allows us to be connected at all times, it can be beneficial to work when you are most productive but also difficult to set boundaries of when you are available. To combat this difficulty, develop the habit of setting a designated end time and inform your coworkers of when you will be logging off. If you fail to set this precedent when you first start in a remote position, you could set the standard that you are available 24/7, which could cause issues down the line.

As you enter the working world, keep these tips in mind when interviewing for and starting a remote position. If you rely on these starting points and tips from GradGuard, the transition into the remote working world will be a breeze.

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Promoting Peace of Mind When Students Go Away to School

April 5, 2019

As a parent, sending your child to college can be a hard transition. Trying to set students up for success without being overbearing can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. With the proper tools you’ll be able to promote peace of mind as you send your own kids off to college.

Encourage Frequent Communication

Some new college students, excited by their new independence, forget to check in frequently with their worried parents. It’s important that they know you still want to hear from them and that you want to hear about the things going on in their lives.

Some families find it helpful to set up a time to reconnect in a scheduled way. For example, a student may video call their parents every Sunday evening. Setting a regular routine like this helps parents avoid feeling like they’re constantly pestering their kids and helps students remember to update their parents.

The key is to create channels of communication that cater to your student’s particular needs. Show them that you trust them to be adults while still encouraging them to talk to you frequently. Laura Dennis, the author of parenting blog Almost Empty Nest, says, “Learn to communicate with [your student] using their methods… The less you nag and ask probing questions and the more you express that you are proud of them and are interested in what they are doing, the more they will share.”

Create a Safe Environment

The college atmosphere will be a completely new ecosystem for your student, full of unfamiliar people and locations. Without feeling physically safe, your student may have a hard time adjusting to their new home. To combat these feelings of insecurity, students and their parents should work to create a space that is as physically secure as possible.

The first place to start is in their dorm or other new living space. A smart security system can be linked to your phone, no matter the distance, to give notifications if something goes wrong. Matt Halpin, a safety expert at ASecureLife.com, says, “A smart home security system can make your student’s new home safer while keeping you in the loop with notifications whenever an alarm is triggered––including smoke and CO detectors, or door and window sensors in the event of a break-in.”

You can also make sure your student understands how to watch out for and handle physical threats, establish personal safety boundaries and prepare responses in case those boundaries are crossed. Pete Canavan, the personal safety expert behind Campus Safety University, says, “Think about and envision various situations that could potentially occur so that you can prepare yourself mentally as well as physically for them.” As a parent, you can help walk your child through some of these scenarios and help them plan out ways to remain safe in case of emergency.

Sending your student away to college is never easy, but knowing they’re in a safe environment — and that they’ll still be able to talk to you whenever they need to — can help put your mind at ease. These next few years will be an exciting time for your child to blossom into an adult, and with preparation and channels of communication, you’ll help them grow and start their adult lives right.

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Tips to Improve Testing Performance

April 3, 2019

No matter how confident you may be, final exams are almost certain to provoke anxiety. Your performance on these tests is crucial to your academic standing, and the opportunity for do-overs is rare to nonexistent. That’s why you may be stressed out, even if you understand the material. But letting it overwhelm you could lead to serious issues. You might begin to second-guess yourself, lose sleep or forget the things you spent so much time studying. This is why it’s a good strategy for students to embrace a proven routine to prepare for tests and manage stress.

Taking care of your body can be almost as beneficial as studying when it comes to improving your performance on midterms or finals. That’s because your physical state can have a significant impact on your ability to memorize, think and reason. Neglecting to take care of your health and well-being could result in your brain functioning at less than full capacity. Getting plenty of sleep, eating right, and drinking enough water can all boost your test-taking abilities and maybe even help you attain better grades.

For example, many students don’t realize that proper hydration is crucial to their performance at exam time. Dehydration can lead to irritability, fatigue, and lethargy — all of which will keep you from doing your best work. People who drink a bottle of water while taking an exam perform slightly better than those who don’t, according to research. Good nutrition also can play an important role in how well you’ll do on your tests. That’s because the brain uses as much as 20 percent of the body’s daily energy needs. Eating healthy can help you remain alert and energetic, so you won’t falter during the marathon that is finals week.

Given how important grades can be to your future, you need to be at your best during testing time. Don’t let bad habits like filling up with junk food or sleeping poorly hurt your chances to succeed. See the following tips you can use to reduce stress and ensure that you’ll be firing on all cylinders during exams.

Breathing Techniques

It is scientifically proven that using proper breathing techniques can help improve the ability to retain information while studying and taking an exam. While you are studying, take a deep breath through your nostrils, then hold for 3-5 seconds. Then, exhale for 1-2 seconds.

Proper Rest

It is important to sleep well before an exam, as your mind responds more quickly and efficiently when it is well rested. In turn, there is no need to stay up all night trying to “cram” information. Make sure you are attempting to get at least 8 hours of sleep before an exam. Try to set your alarm 1 hour before the time you need to actually wake up. This way, you can benefit from hitting the snooze button a couple times in order to feel more rested.

Hydration

Researchers have found that those who drink a bottle of water during their exam have scored an average of 5% higher than those who don’t. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish, irritable and tired. Bring a bottle of water to your finals. Your brain will thank you!

Healthy Diet

Although the brain is one of the smallest organs in the body, it can use up to 20% of the energy we need every day. By having the right foods and drinks to energize your system, they can improve attentiveness and help sustain you through many exam hours. On the contrary, making the wrong dietary choices can make you feel slow and tired. It’s important not to skip meals — especially breakfast. After waking up, your body hasn’t had any food for several hours during sleep. Breakfast can give you the energy you need to start the day right.

*Opt for healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, popcorn, fruit scones, dried fruit, yogurt or nuts to keep you going throughout the day.

Testing season is definitely a stressful one, but as long as you remember these tips from GradGuard, it will be smooth sailing!

Author bio: Dr. Kenya Grooms is a clinical psychologist and Dean of Student Affairs at MacCormac College, the oldest two-year, private, nonprofit institution in Illinois. MacCormac offers educational programs for court reporting, criminal justice, business administration and more. Dr. Grooms has written and presented about family life, international partnerships, personal resilience, support services for non-traditional students and many other topics in psychology.

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5 Networking Tips for Recent College Grads

March 26, 2019

Networking can be unnerving for recent college graduates and new professionals, but it’s essential in landing a new job and career growth in the future.

It’s estimated that at least 70 percent of available jobs are never listed online. Attending industry events, conferences, and other networking opportunities is a great way to get your name out there and discover jobs that aren’t posted on online job boards.

With that in mind, here are five tips for recent college grads to network like pros in any networking situation.

Carry Yourself Confidently

Having confidence is easier said than done, especially in an unfamiliar situation. The best advice to appear confident when you aren’t is to “fake it till you make it”. You can give the appearance of confidence by being conscious of your body language. Studies have shown that those who stand in “power poses” command more attention, suffer less stress, and benefit from improved performance. Make sure to stand with good posture, keep a smile on your face, and nail down the perfect handshake in order to impress a prospective connection.

Appearance Matters

Many people subconsciously correlate appearance with competence in other areas.  This makes it essential to have a well-rounded professional image. How you appear and what you wear can embolden you to feel more confident and improve the way you interface with others.

Paying attention to little grooming details prior to a networking event can give you an added polish and confidence boost. You can utilize a variety of effective beauty solutions to manage hair loss, smooth out your complexion, and whiten your smile. For sustainable improvements in your appearance, make sure to practice regular self-care by exercising regularly, sticking to a sleep schedule, and keeping a balanced diet.

When considering an outfit, you should always match the dress code of the event you’re attending. However, if the dress code is unclear, you should dress to fit the role of the position you’re aiming for. Looking the part doesn’t just impress your potential connections, it enables you to act the part as well.

Actively Engage

Everyone likes to talk about themselves. After introducing yourself, actively engage with your new connection and ask them about their experiences within the industry. Stay present in the conversation without checking your phone, speaking over them, or scoping out the event for who you want to talk to next. Demonstrating your interest in the work they’re doing makes them feel important while showing them your passion for the industry.

Look For Mutual Interests

Finding common ground and mutual interests can solidify a memorable conversation. You don’t want to go off topic without reason, as it can make you seem like you’re not serious about your industry. However, if a conversation is going well, don’t be afraid to test the waters around more personal topics, such as a favorite sports team, television show, or recent movie.

Exchange Contact Information

After a good conversation, you should always remember to get your new connection’s contact information to follow up after the event. This way, you can continue to build on your new professional relationship. Offer your own contact information and/or business card as well.

These tips are sure to get you noticed and remembered at your next networking event! Don’t forget to follow GradGuard on social media if you enjoy posts like this one.

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5 Tips to Avoid Failure and Raise Your Grade

March 25, 2019

Lооkіng tо bring уоur grаdеѕ up tо thе nеxt level? Nо matter іf уоu аrе trуіng tо tаkе уоur B tо аn A оr аvоіd being placed on асаdеmіс probation, hеrе іѕ a guide thаt аll ѕtudеntѕ саn fоllоw tо іnсrеаѕе their GPA.

1. Fіnd Out Whаt Yоu Arе Dоіng Wrong

Sоmе саѕеѕ аrе ореn аnd shut. Are you:

  • Gоіng tо сlаѕѕ rеgulаrlу?
  • Completing assignments on time?
  • Trуіng уоur bеѕt?

If you answered “nо” fоr аnу оf thе аbоvе, thіѕ іѕ whеrе уоu should start іmрrоvіng. Sсrоll thrоugh your соurѕе syllabus аnd identify whісh lеѕѕоnѕ уоu retained аnd whісh оnеѕ wеrе lоѕt іn уоu. Stіll dоn’t knоw whаt уоu dоn’t know? Find a frіеnd аnd соmраrе their syllabus wіth уоurѕ. Whаt dо уоur сhесk marks аnd уоur Xs ѕау tо you?

Sometimes students struggle with courses even though they are completing all of the assignments and putting in the effort. In these instances, you will need to get outside help with the course. The first place to go is to your professor.

2. Rесruіt Yоur Professor’s Hеlр

Bеlіеvе іt оr nоt, mоѕt professorѕ wаnt hеlр уоu succeed. In fact, thеу typically set aside office hours in order to assist students with additional questions or students that are struggling with the course material.

Go to your professor’s office hours. Ask them to go through your assignments with you and give you additional feedback on where the issues arose. If you have questions about the lecture, bring in your notes and ask them to go over them with you.

3. Mаkе Uѕе Of Thе Academic Support Programs At Your School

Almоѕt аll post-secondary ѕсhооlѕ offer Studеnt Lеаrnіng Suрроrt: a group оf ѕеrvісеѕ аnd programs dеdісаtеd tо helping students bесоmе mоrе еffесtіvеlу іnvоlvеd іn thеіr ѕtudіеѕ. Sound fаmіlіаr? Many students don’t realize that these programs also involve math and writing support for students. These may include private lessons, tutoring or even proofreading or feedback on assignments and projects. You should also see if there are any students in your courses that have or are looking to form a study group, or are even offering tutoring services.

4. Tаkе Bеttеr Nоtеѕ

Different methods will work for different people, so try out some different ways and see which works best for you. Experts and bloggers insist that handwritten notes are the way to go. Others state that notes should be written with the intention of explaining the concepts to a friend. Breaking down and explaining concepts to others, helps us to better retain information.

The disability services department at your school may also need volunteers to share their notes from the lectures and provide copies to students that use their services. Taking notes with this in mind may make your own notes more clear and concise. Providing those notes to someone who may need them creates a win-win situation.

5. Bесоmе A Grаdе Grubbеr

You need to embrace the idea that every point counts in your course. If there is a discussion post that’s only worth 1 point, make sure not to skip over it. If your professor counts attendance for their lectures, show up to every class, even if most other students don’t. Put on a smile and try to have a positive attitude. Be sure to do the following:

  • Rеvіеw thе rubrіс: The rubric will break down each assignments grade by category. Pay attention to each segment and make sure you read the instructions and rubric thoroughly and follow the instructions exactly.
  • Prераrе fоr thе wоrѕt: Any good professor should listen to your concerns and consider what you say. Keep in mind, they are not required to alter any of your grades based on what the rubric shows. If you are not sure why you received a particular grade, ask them to explain the grade given and how to improve in the future.

Fоllоw thе ѕtерѕ аbоvе & hореfullу, whеn Aunt Brеndа аѕkѕ “Hоw’ѕ School?” durіng your uрсоmіng vacation, уоu саn say “good” аnd actually mean it by following these tips from GradGuard.


Bio:
Nick Wilks is a marketer by profession at GoAssignmentHelp. With over 10 years of experience in online traffic generation through his blogs, Nick helps clients use content marketing and social media to grow their business. Driven by a passion for helping businesses grow, Nick can be found sharing his knowledge on blogs.

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Teaching Others: Why Tutoring is One of the Best Jobs for Students

March 19, 2019

Being a student at any level of education can be quite tasking and fun at the same time. Tasking because you have to go through a lot of course work and fun as you have to explore and experience interesting moments. In the mix of all these, taking up a part-time job is one of the best things you can ever think of doing while at college.

Think about it, you need money to have that “fun” formerly stated and the time you use preparing for classes serves as ample time for study and learning. As tutoring is the most popular of all part-time jobs amongst students, the questions arise of how to start, whom to tutor and why it is among the best part-time jobs for students.

Why Should a Student Tutor?

Tutoring is an academic activity which is in line with what a typical student does, and they can earn up to $1000 per month depending on what they teach. Here are the reasons why you should try tutoring:

  • Very flexible: The timing for tutoring is quite flexible and can allow students to combine their studies effectively with work as opposed to fixed time jobs which might clash with classes. Imagine what it would be like to have a flexible side job; you can work as you want.
  • Intellectual profit: Tutoring requires research before sessions, and if you are tutoring in your field or another field of study, this research will only help to broaden your knowledge.
  • Helps your resume: A tutoring job on your resume helps you stand a better chance of landing jobs once you are out of college.
  • You’re your own boss: Becoming a tutor means that you are your own boss. You can choose your pay and when and where to hold your sessions. Who doesn’t want that?

How to Tutor?

Landing a job as a tutor is one of the dilemmas of students looking to work for money. To go about it, you must consider the following:

  • Identify your strongest subjects and opt to tutor in them. If you’re a science major and love biology, then you should probably tutor for science courses.
  • Advertise yourself and look out for opportunities to help others for free first, then you can move up to paid tutoring once you gain the experience.
  • Reach out to other students in your courses that seem to be having trouble. As they are your aquaintances, they are more likely to take an interest in your help.

When looking to be a financially independent student, being a tutor is one of the best options any student can take advantage of because it lets students combine studies with work giving them all the flexibility they can ever desire in any job.

Remember you can always refer to GradGuard for all of your Tuesday Tips and college hacks! Follow us on social media to be sure you are always in the loop.

BIO: Lori Wade is a content writer who is interested in a wide range of spheres from education and tutoring to marketing. If you are interested in writing or tutoring you can find her on Twitter or LinkedIn or find her on other social media. Read and take over Lori’s useful insights!

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Young Entrepreneur Life: Tools & Resources to Get Started from College

March 18, 2019

In today’s day and age, it’s a lot easier to become an entrepreneur when you’re young. Due to the fast development of new technologies, young people have the whole world at their fingertips; not to mention, there are lots of reliable online platforms to use when searching for possible customers.

But how can you get an early start, especially if you’re still in college? Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to wait for a diploma – if you have some marketable skills, you can put them to work right now!

Put Together a Website

Regardless of the niche you select, you will need a space to display yourself.

Now, before you decide on the type of business to build, here are some earning opportunities that may come easily to a site owner:

  • Posting product reviews from various brands.
  • Blogging, which has the potential to attract support from brands.
  • A business presentation site, to funnel the audience towards your products/services.
  • A site that promotes products using an (or several) affiliation platform(s).
  • An eCommerce platform for your own products.

The good news is that you only need a bit of creative thinking to find the perfect niche for your skills.

Even more, due to platforms such as Wix and WordPress, it’s extremely easy to create your own site. Not to mention that services, such as domain and hosting, are quite affordable these days, so the initial investment will remain low.

Build an Online Personal Brand

If you’re not interested in building a business, maybe the idea of a personal brand is more appealing. It’s also a fantastic way to build your reputation for any future opportunities, so make sure to take it seriously.

To build your own brand, you will need to know a bit more about the world of marketing. For this, there are plenty of online resources, but we also recommend following an online marketing course where you can get in touch with specialists and learn from the best.

Start by creating profiles on professional networks such as LinkedIn, Quora, and others and looking for connections that may benefit you in the long-run. Next, find platforms that fit the type of work you want to do – for instance, if you are a writer, Medium.com can be great to promote your style and gain some traction.

With personal brands, it’s important to constantly improve your online presence by adding value to your profile.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

If you have a solid following on a social media platform (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more) and enjoy creating content that’s shareable and interesting, why not use this to your advantage?

Nowadays, big brands search for influencers that can promote their products to a select audience such as yours. So, if you qualify as an influencer in your niche, it’s time to look for ways to monetize this power.

Keep in mind: Social media is a versatile environment, but if you understand how it works, it can also be a fantastic boost for a future business or career in advertising!W

These are only some of the paths you can follow to become financially independent, so make sure to do your research before deciding on yours. Furthermore, you always have the option to look for a standard job, should you decide entrepreneurship is not something you want to do in the long-term.

Even better, this could help you stand out from the crowd since it shows a potential employer that you have initiative and determination.

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11 Useful Apps for College Students

March 12, 2019

Going to college will change your life forever, but it can be difficult to keep up with that change without a helping hand. From staying on top of your schoolwork to remembering to cook and clean and finding ways to balance your time, it’s a delicate balancing act that takes work to get right. Luckily, we’ve pulled together this list of eleven of the best apps to help you out.

Dropbox:Chances are that you’ve already heard of Dropbox. It allows you to store your files in the cloud, to access them from any device and even keeps backups of older versions.

Wunderlist:Wunderlist is a cloud-based to-do list app that does it all. You can create multiple different lists and organise them into folders, and you can also create shared to-do lists for multiple people.

Evernote:Evernote is arguably the most powerful note-taking app on the planet, which makes it perfect for jotting down information in lectures. You can back the notes up to the cloud and access them on any device, too.

Exam Countdown Lite: This free tracker app allows you to input the dates of each of your exams and to view real-time countdowns. You can also ccustomize the colors and icons for different subjects to make it easy to tell them apart.

Forest: Forest aims to help you to focus on a single task, whether that’s reading or revising. When you boot it up, it allows you to grow a virtual forest by not touching your phone, and you can even spend in-app tokens to plant trees in the real world.

TED: TED’s mobile app makes it easy to browse and view the latest talks, with over 3,000 on-demand videos on all sorts of subjects. That makes it a great app to squeeze some extra learning into those inevitable dead spots in your day.

Google Drive/Docs: Google Drive and Google Docs go hand-in-hand and can be a great way to store and share documents. It’s also perfect for group projects because multiple users can work on the same document at the same time.

Grammar.ly:Struggling with an essay? Grammar.ly is great for double checking your spelling and grammar, although it’s not as good as working with a professional. One alternative if you’re looking for the human touch is to go for Ggrade Miners instead.

Chegg Books: Chegg Books is an app that allows you to search for and to rent textbooks and other study materials to save you money. For some people, it pays for itself – after all, you can always rent out some books of your own.

RealCalc Scientific Calculator: If you’re studying a science or mathematics based degree then this is the app for you. There’s no need to carry a bulky physical calculator around when this free app is on hand with all of the functionality still on offer.

iStudiez Pro0: This app comes in at $2.99, but it’s worth the money because it allows you to track homework, grades, and assignments and to ssynchronize it across different devices. It’ll send reminders, too.

Now that GradGuard has provided you with which apps to use, the next step is to get downloading and to familiarize yourself with their interfaces. Remember that not all of these apps will be perfect for you, and that’s okay. Your challenge is to find out which apps work best for you and to make them a part of your daily routine. Good luck.

BIO: Lauren Adley is a writer and editor at AustralianWritings. She is dedicated to her family, work and friends. She is keen on reading, playing the guitar and traveling. She is interested in educational, marketing and blogging issues. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter and Google+.

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5 Digital Marketing Courses to Help Jump Start Your Career

March 11, 2019

If the enormous digital marketing demand has got you thinking about it, then you have come to the right place. Below, we have a list of 5 basic and advanced courses, whose knowledge will put you in an advantageous position. So without further ado, let us begin!  

Coursera’s Digital Marketing Specialization Course

Coursera offers a 4-week digital course that is designed to help people develop new skills or brush up their existing marketing knowledge. It offers a flexible schedule with learning material from the industry experts.

What it Offers:

  • E-Courses in all areas of digital marketing and analytics.
  • Offers hands-on projects at the end of every course which leads to a certificate.
  • Offers e-learning through videos, reading material and quizzes.  

Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree

This digital marketing course offers two types of training: full-immersion nanodegree program and self-study mode. The former course is suitable for individuals willing to experience full-featured learning that ends with a defined career in marketing. On the other hand, the latter offers small modules beneficial for those who want to brush up their skills.

What it Offers:

  • Learning modules in marketing fundamentals, content strategy, social media and its advertisement, SEO, SEM and every other form of digital marketing.
  • Real world projects for practice. Participants can use these projects to run live campaigns on marketing platforms.
  • Display Advertising that teaches the skills necessary for displaying ads in AdWords.
  • A live Q&A session and other forums where people can engage with mentors and industry experts for assistance.

Google Online Marketing Challenge

Specifically designed for students, this course focuses on the competitive aspect by offering students an opportunity to design marketing campaigns for various companies. It offers introductory level digital marketing courses to bridge the gap between marketing students and companies.

What it Offers:

  • Introductory courses on every form of digital marketing, display advertisement, analytics, SEM, and more.
  • A budget of $250 to help beginners plan and implement advertising campaigns for non-profits and other businesses.

AMA’s Digital Marketing eLearning Certificate Modules

AMA offers digital e-learning modules that cover topics like SEO, digital advertising, analytics, UX, content marketing, and more. Additionally, it offers a free practice exam that can help individual get an understanding of their digital marketing skillset.

What it Offers:

  • E-Learning material with interactive case studies.
  • Assessment quizzes that lead to certificates.

Simplilearn’s Digital Marketing Certified Associate Training

It is a training course that provides lifetime access to independent content crafted by industry experts. With round-the-clock support, this course will train participants in the basic marketing skills along with an in-depth understanding of many digital marketing areas.

What it Offers:

  • Instructor-led learning environment.
  • Introductory courses in OMCA, Analytics, Ads, and social media.
  • In-depth knowledge of 35+ tools in digital marketing.
  • Offers simulations in SEO, SEM, CRO, email marketing, and analytics.

With the help of these courses, amateurs can develop the skill sets necessary for having a prominent career as a digital marketer. After learning the desired skills, you can hire web programmers to build an online network which you can use to fulfill other people’s marketing needs efficiently!  Regardless of your career path, remember you can always count on GradGuard to provide you with all your favorite Motivational Monday posts!