In an effort to both boost the economy and train the types of workers they themselves need, Google will shortly be rolling out an ambitious initiative: Google Career Certificates, which one gains by taking their online courses, requiring "about six months to complete."
For a reported tuition of $300-$400, the company is betting they can teach you enough in a half-year's time (rather than you having to attend a traditional university for four years) to land a job. And while you don't have to apply for a job specifically with Google, pursuing it sounds advantageous: "At Google we will consider our new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles," writes Kent Walker, Google's SVP of Global Affairs.
Unsurprisingly there are no ID degrees on offer. The closest we could find to the Core77 wheelhouse was UX Designer.
User experience (UX) designers make technology easier and more enjoyable to use. They create or refine products and interfaces to make them useful, usable, and accessible to users.
This certificate teaches learners the foundations of UX design and research, building low-fidelity designs and wireframes, creating high-fidelity prototypes, and testing.
The median annual wage for UX designers: $75,000
Other fields and salaries mentioned are Data Analyst ($66,000), IT Support Specialist ($54,760), and Project Manager ($93,000). Google also mentions that enrolling in their Certificate program provides "access to career resources: Learners will have access to resources to facilitate their job search and interview preparation."