BUILD YOUR SKILLS NOW AND AT NO COST TO YOU
Ready to explore a new career direction? Looking for training and tools to advance your career? Resources on this page will help you explore options and prepare for your next job or take the next step in your career. No matter your level of experience, we have a course for you.
ONLINE TRAINING FROM GOODWILL®
For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org® program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From G Suite, Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics on more than 2,000 lessons and 7,000 pages of content with more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games – all completely at no cost to you!
GCFLearnFree.org is a program of the Goodwill Community Foundation® and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina Inc.® (GIENC®) providing lessons for people to improve their technology, math, and English skills. All educational content is designed and produced in the GCF Global headquarters in Durham, N.C.
GCFGlobal also offers a list of online trainings to help prepare for your job search at no cost to you: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/job-hunt-for-today/
FUNDAMENTAL COMPUTER AND DIGITAL SKILLS
Advance your career with fundamental computer skills needed for today’s job market.
Google G Suite Learning Center (G Suite)
The G Suite Learning Center provides 10- to 15-minute micro-learning modules to equip you to use Google’s GSuite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive).
Applied Digital Skills (Google for Education)
Learn practical digital skills using Google’s free video-based lessons. G Suite tools to help sharpen your skills in these areas: Sheets, Slides, Docs, Gmail, Calendar, and Drive.
Microsoft Digital Literacy
Digital skills help us connect, learn, engage, and create more promising futures. Learn how to effectively use devices, Microsoft software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use and create information.
CAREER ADVANCEMENT TOOLS
The following resources will help you learn about different jobs and how they may fit your career preferences. You will also find career interest assessments to match your skills and interests to the career path or job that best fits you.
SkillUp.org is a nonprofit coalition that helps workers impacted by COVID-19 get upskilled for high-growth jobs. Take their 30-second quiz to find pre-vetted, short-term online training and job opportunities that match your skills and can help relaunch your career.
Career One Stop
Your first stop for career exploration, training, and jobs.
My Next Move (O*NET)
The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do and help you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
Build a bridge to your new career, explore career options, and expand your job search. Use the search feature to enter your previous occupation to see types of careers your skills and experience will transfer to.
DIGITAL SKILLS ASSESSMENTS
Digital skills include the knowledge, skills and abilities you have about digital technologies.
Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments
Northstar Digital Literacy is an online tool that helps you assess your basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment and higher education. Free assessments are available for essential computer skills, essential software and productivity skills, and using technology in daily life.
As a test taker, you can receive digital “badges” when you pass assessments and even earn certificates when you pass assessments. To earn a credential, you will need to test in person at a Goodwill Northstar testing location.
The following websites can help you develop the skills you need to find and keep your next career. They will help you learn how to achieve an effective job search, understand employer expectations, and develop skills you need to earn your next career opportunity. You can also learn and practice the employment competencies needed to be successful in your career.
Skills to Succeed Academy
Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy provides free online training to help you build skills and confidence to make smart career choices and find and succeed in employment. The 36 modules include interactive training on choosing a career, getting a job, and succeeding at work.
Applied Digital Skills (Google for Education)
These lessons will help you prepare for and find your next job while exploring various career paths.
MORE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
AARP [email protected]+
AARP’s no-cost, online educational programs including job search skills, family caregiving and new technology. Topics include Work and Jobs, Caregiving, Technology and Online Safety, Social Security, Medicare, Fraud, and more.