Back in 2021, Google launched a series of online courses designed to help students earn a professional certificate in six months and also land entry-level jobs. In its original offering, Google developed certificate programs in five professional areas: User Experience (UX) Design, Data Analytics, Project Management, IT Support, and IT Automation. Now, the tech company has added two new programs to its lineup, each offered through online education platform Coursera.
First, Google’s Advanced Data Analytics Professional Certificate builds on the original Data Analytics Certificate and “investigates machine learning, predictive modeling, and experimental design to collect and analyze large amounts of data.” Featuring a total of seven courses, the program takes approximately six months to complete and aims to teach students how to 1) build regression and machine learning models to analyze and interpret data, 2) create data visualizations and apply statistical methods to investigate data, and 3 ) communicating insights from data analysis to stakeholders. Basically, it teaches many of the tools of the trade necessary to become a senior data analyst or junior data scientist.
With Google Business Intelligence Professional Certificate, students can participate in shorter programs that focus on turning data into actionable insights for organizations. Comprising three courses (and lasting approximately two months), the program helps students learn skills such as data modeling, data visualization, and creating dashboards–skills that are widely applicable in our data-driven age.
Students can actually take individual courses in this professional certificate program for free. However, if you want to receive a certificate, Coursera charges $49 per month (after the first 7-day free trial period). This means that the Advanced Data Analytics Professional Certificate, when completed in 6 months, will cost less than $300. And a Business Intelligence Professional Certificate is worth around $100. Once students complete the certificate, they can add credentials to their LinkedIn profile, resume or CV. Likewise, they can connect with the 150+ US recruiting organizations in Google’s Employer Consortium. If you want to learn more about Google Career Certificates, you can read this handy page on the University of Texas website.
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