Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” – John Holt

There’s only so much you can learn at school. With a global economy that’s on life support, you know what employers are looking for?

Hard. Technical. Skills.

The funny thing is, they don’t teach you a lot of these skills in a classroom. Especially not in a high school classroom.

People are taking their education into their own hands. The open-data movement is allowing us to do things such as accessing key information for free and on our own time.

With resources such as these, you have the opportunity to learn skills that will make you a star employee, no matter what field you’ve got your eye on. At the very least, you’ll always be the most marketable guy in the interview lobby.

Codecademy

From learning in-demand technical skills to developing new ways of thinking, coding is one of the most important tools in your self-development arsenal. Free websites such as Codecademy are now offering instruction in HTML, CSS and other universal coding languages.

Coursera

Ok, so you may not want to skip a formal university education. But depending on how your institution is set up, many courses might be unavailable to you for a number of reasons: Perhaps you’ll have an intensive schedule. Or maybe you might not need too many elective courses outside of your discipline to graduate. Coursera partners with many of the world’s top universities to offer free and low-cost courses across many areas of study. You can even earn a Verified Certificate in some courses — great stuff to put on your résumé.

Iversity

Dreaming about settling in Europe one day? Iversity is the only Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform that offers European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits, which will come in handy if you’re ever job-hunting in the E.U.

Radio Lingua Network

In an increasingly global world, competition for university spots and jobs is fiercer than ever. Who do you think is more impressive: the scholarship winner, or the scholarship winner who can speak English, Mandarin and German? Radio Lingua has audio and video materials that you can watch on-demand to hack the language thing, once and for all.

Khan Academy

Math: Some of us are great at it, and the rest of us … not so much. Gone are the days where you could avoid the subject altogether after CXC. Face it: Mathematics is a foundational discipline for most skills. It also helps you build brain muscle. Get used to it — and conquer it, for free at Khan Academy, no matter what level.

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