What are Google Career Certificates?

Recently, Google released three new Google Career Certificates such as project management, data analytics, and user experience (UX) design.

Google Career Certificates is an online course provided by Coursera. (American Online Course Provider)

These courses are designed to complete within 6 months, 5-10 hours of study a week.

And also, it’s a 100% online class so you can do it at your own pace. (no prior experience required) The cost is $39 a month (it’s a subscription) and instructors will be Google’s current employees.

If you can’t complete the course within 6 months, you’ll pay for it longer and/or until you’ll be done. In other words, you can complete the course in less than 6 months and save some money! It’s really up to your commitment.

For example:

TermTotal Cost
5 months$195
6 months$234
8 months$312
1 year$468

I participated Google Career Certificates web seminar. Many people asked about “Is the Google certificate worth it?” and/or “The companies know about Google Certificate?”

Here is the answer from Google:

“The Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium consists of over 130 U.S. companies like Better, Deloitte, Infosys, Snap Inc, Target, Verizon, and of course, Google. These companies span multiple sectors and are committed to considering Google Career Certificate graduates for entry-level jobs. Upon completion of a Google Career Certificate, you will gain access to an exclusive job platform where you can easily apply to opportunities from employers with open jobs.”

You can share your Certificate in the Certifications section of your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.

It looks like this:

Google also created the hashtag #GrowWithGoogle. If you want to know what other people are talking about this, go Twitter and search #GrowWithGoogle.

What You’ll Learn with Google Career Certificate?

 Project Management

Tools you use: Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.

What you’ll do: Estimating time and budgets, running effective meetings and managing stakeholders, identifying and managing risks, applying Agile and Scrum frameworks, leadership skills, and navigating team dynamics, get started on Coursera

Online courses include: Hands-on projects, quizzes & assignments, regular assessments

Jobs you might get: Program Manager, Junior Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Scrum Master

Note: According to Coursera, employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. It looks like in-demand careers.

Data Analytics

Tools you use: Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, SQL, PowerPoint, Google Slides, Tableau, RStudio, and Kaggle.

What you’ll do: Learn data types and structures, using data to solve problems, how to analyze data, data storytelling with visualizations, using R programming to supercharge your analysis

Online courses include: Hands-on projects, quizzes & assignments, regular assessments

Jobs you might get: Junior Data Analyst, Junior Data Scientist, HR/Payroll Analyst, Finance Analyst, Operations Analyst, Business Intelligence Analyst, Healthcare Analyst

Note: This program teaches the open-source programming language, R. R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

Here is R sample code:

countdown <- function(from)
{
  print(from)
  while(from!=0)
  {
    Sys.sleep(1)
    from <- from - 1
    print(from)
  }
}

countdown(5)

Output:

> countdown(5)
[1] 5
[1] 4
[1] 3
[1] 2
[1] 1
[1] 0

User Experience (UX) Design

Tools you use: Figma and Adobe XD, spreadsheets, word processing applications.

What you’ll do: Developing personas & user stories and user journey maps, conducting usability studies, creating wireframes and prototypes, testing and iterating on designs, building a professional portfolio

Online courses include: Hands-on projects, quizzes & assignments, regular assessments

Jobs you might get: UX designer, UI designer, UX researcher, visual designer, interaction designer

Wrapping Up

I’m highly interested in these courses! This will be a really good learning experience for many people. I really hope these Google Career Certificates will open more doors to newbies! Because tech industries are not beginner-friendly…

Moreover, if you are interested in financial assistance, you may be eligible for financial aid via Coursera through the course page. To get financial support, go to the certificate course page on Coursera and click the “Financial aid available” link next to the “Enroll” button.

Happy learning!

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