6 Solutions to Help Adult Learners Get the Technical Career Skills They Need

Careers in technology are one of the fastest growing and in demand professions available today, yet not enough people with the necessary skills have been trained to fill them. As a result, organizations outside of the typical higher education sphere have been popping up to retrain or refresh candidates’ professional skills to launch and enhance their careers. The affordable programs range from online to remote classes with hands on experience to best suite different learning styles, and many have proven success rates in career success and re-entry.

Here are just a few of the top resources we found for technical training and adult education:

6 Solutions to Help Adult Learners Get the Technical Career Skills They Need

1. Lynda.com

Lynda, recently purchased by LinkedIn, is one of the largest online platforms for subscribers to take online classes taught by industry professionals to assist users in improving or starting down a new career path. The site has over 5,000 courses from web and software development to business to marketing taught by industry experts for today’s most in demand careers available across all devices. The monthly subscription service offers courses in five languages and the site has over 300 million active users.

2. General Assembly

General Assembly offers a mixture of online and remote classes, and has campuses in 15 cities with 25,000 worldwide graduates. The courses are meant to teach both newcomers and experienced individuals professional, in-demand skills and provide networking opportunities, while also building an online portfolio in either technology, business, and design to show future employers. After graduating from GA, alums are given access to the online hire center where they can browse jobs and are contacted directly by employers seeking candidates.

3. Startup Institute

Startup Institute is an immersive learning experience with campuses in New York and Boston. Programs are available in web design, web development, digital marketing, and sales and account management for a 12-week part-time program or an 8 week full-time program. Post graduation, Startup Institute gives graduates two months of career counseling. During the program, students work with a partner company to solve an existing problem for hands on experience. 92% of graduates have jobs within 100 days of graduation. At the end of the program, Startup Institute holds a TalentExpo for graduates who pitch themselves to hiring managers.

4. Microsoft Program for Vets

Microsoft offers a technology training program for vets or those in the process of leaving the armed forces. Classes are available online through their Virtual Academy, a combination of online and in person with a learning partner, or through a certification program. After completing the Microsoft program, students will be given the chance to interview for a position at Microsoft or with one of the company’s hiring partners. Microsoft offers a decoder which can help vets translate the skills they learned and used while in the armed forces to a career at Microsoft—they also have a job listing database and offer advice for resume building.

5. reachHire

The startup reachHire retrains and places professional women back into the workforce after a hiatus. The inexpensive program offers an intensive five-week program in business skills, professional skills, or technical skills with sections taught by Microsoft and Google. During training, participants also receive career coaching to assist in the job search upon finishing the program. Alums of have been placed in Boston, North Carolina, and the startup will extend its reach further in the future.

6. PowerToFly

PowerToFly is a recruiting platform connecting women with future employers to increase diversity in the tech field. After creating an online profile, women can directly apply to jobs that matches their lifestyle and interests. The site connects women to both growing startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Courtney Major

Courtney Major

Courtney Major is a Senior Writing, Literature, and Publishing student at Emerson College, where she has written for multiple on-campus publications. Her work has also been published on multiple online diabetes magazines. When she isn’t working, she’s probably trying to find the best espresso with whipped cream in Boston.