Do you know what a MOOC is? It may sound funny, but it can be a seriously valuable resource for you. MOOC stands for massive open online course. Basically, these are free or inexpensive online courses available to anyone—and they are being offered with increasing frequency by many big-name schools, including Harvard and MIT. You don’t get college credit for the courses, but it’s a good way to learn new skills or information, and may also be a way for you to do a trial run if you are considering going back to school as a paying student.
If you are a recent or soon-to-be college graduate, you know how valuable your diploma will be in the workplace. There are lots of statistics about how much a college degree can increase someone’s lifetime earnings. And these days it’s often nearly impossible to get an employer’s attention without a degree. But while the degree is important to employers, does your college major really matter?