As of March 2021, Google reported that there were about 1.3 million jobs open in those four specific careers. With an affordable certification program, Google is hoping to fill the gap between available opportunities and skilled workers. Furthermore, the projected rate of growth in these careers is 8% between 2019 and 2029, faster than the average of any other occupation.
In our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles.— Kent Walker (@Kent_Walker) July 13, 2020
Google has long been at the forefront of innovation, but now the tech giant is hoping to revolutionize the way students learn and pursue careers in our increasingly tech-driven world. Through partnerships with online learning platforms, Google is providing certificate programs in a few fields: IT Support, User Experience Design (UX), Project Management, and Data Analytics. While the idea to provide certification programs over online platforms isn’t radical, in and of itself, the time, money, and outcomes involved are just that. According to Inc., the certification process takes six months or less. Students pay just $39 per month to subscribe to the courses on Coursera as well as pay a $149 exam fee. Finally, Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs at Google, stated that the certificates will be treated just like a four-year college degree in the hiring process.• Financial aid is available to those who qualify. On the Coursera platform, students simply click the “Financial Aid available” button next to the “Enroll” button. Google has also funded 100,000 scholarships specifically for these certification courses. • Inc. reports that the courses are intensive, requiring more than 100 assessments for each course. Though it takes just a few months to earn, the coursework is not easy. However, there are resources to help students navigate skills, processes, and concepts that they may be struggling through.