MIT Online Course for Improving Job and Career Opportunities

This session Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering an open online version of course, ‘Shaping the Future of Work.’ This course is aimed at driving people all over the world.

This free online course helps to explore and develop plans of action for improving the job and career opportunities for today and tomorrow’s workforce. The 10-weeks course starts on March 28, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks course
Effort:  15 hours/week
Subject: Computational Thinking and Data Science
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology & edX.
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $ 49.
Session: Starts March 28, 2017 (Students can enroll now).

Providers Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering the course via renowned online platform edX.  MITx courses embody the inventiveness, openness, rigor and quality that are hallmarks of MIT, and many use materials developed for MIT residential courses in the Institute’s five schools and 33 academic disciplines.

edX offers amazing quality classes by the best professors from the best schools.  edX mission is to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

About This Course 

The goal of this course is to explore and develop plans of action for improving the job and career opportunities for today and tomorrow’s workforce. At this time, there aren’t enough good jobs or educational opportunities in the U.S. or globally to meet the aspirations and needs of all who want and need to work or to deliver on the expectation that every generation should achieve a higher standard of living for themselves and their families than their parent’s generation. This is a fundamental ideal that drives people all over the world. In the U.S. we call it the American Dream.

If we take the right actions we can shape the future of work in ways that meet the needs of workers, families, and their economies and societies. To do so we first have to understand how the world of work is changing, how firms can compete and prosper and support good jobs and careers, and how to update the policies and practices governing the world of work.

In this business and management course, we’ll start by tracing the history of work and employment that has made the economy work so well in the past. And the course will uncover what’s gone wrong, in order to figure out new solutions that fit today’s workforce, economy, and society. We’ll also take you on a personal journey. Applicants will learn what employers expect in today’s world of work – the skills, flexibility, and knowledge that are crucial for success in the contemporary workplace. We’ll examine what has to happen in order for employers, workers, governments, and regulators to come together to forge new policies, rules, and understandings for governing the world of work in the 21st century. The university has made this all come alive by highlighting the experiences, contributions, and aspirations of real people who are working right now to address these challenges.

Why Take This Course

Applicants will be offered this free online course in the English language. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Video Transcripts are also available in English. Applicants will get a verified certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills they gain.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will learn:
-A historical perspective and overview of work and employment policy in the United States and around the world
-How the roles of firms, employees, and public policy have changed and created the labor market we see today
-The status of the current labor market in more detail: What does it look like? What types of jobs do we have, and what skills are required? What are emerging trends in how firms organize work, and in the role of labor market institutions such as unions?
-Resources and tools you can use to plan your own career paths in the workplaces of the future – those of the next generation


-Thomas Kochan
Professor Thomas A. Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research.

-Gokce Basbug
Gokce Basbug is a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

-Meryam Bukari
Meryam Bukhari is a second year student at MIT Sloan. Before Sloan, Meryam was working as a quantitative analyst on the Fed’s asset purchase program.

-Shahid Azad
Shahid is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also serves as the Co-President of Operations Management Club.

-Kanika Almadi
Kanika Almadi is a master student in System Design and Management program at MIT.

-Eileen Rivera
Eileen is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College studying Media Arts and Sciences and Economics.


No prerequisites

How To Join This Course

1.Go to the course website link
2.Create an edX account to SignUp
3.Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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