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Employability Skills (Series): Part 3.3 Microsoft Excel, Google, Social Media Certifications and other Free Resources

2. Microsoft Excel – A Spreadsheet software with excellent capabilities for Data Analysis and it’s a rudimentary skill for Office Productivity and Data Analyst. Microsoft has improvised and integrated;


  1. Power Query (for Data Cleansing) – ETL (Extract, Transform and Load)
  2. Power Pivot (to Handle Big Data) with DAX Language
  3. Power View (Data Visualization)
  4. Power Maps (Geo Visuals)

Microsoft introduced Power Business Intelligence (Power BI) with a combination of all above in the form of Power BI Desktop Version and a Web App for FREE (1 GB of Cloud Space for those who have Business Email ID) – (https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/).
Online Websites: Learn Excel & Power BI from (Paid or Audit Courses for Free)

3. Learn from Google (Free Certifications)

  1. Google for Education (https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/) – for teachers and studentsmain-qimg-a404ddf143afa58807a9ac043c95e824
  2. Google Analytics (https://analytics.google.com/analytics/academy/) – Digital Certifications in Google Analytics for beginners, Advanced Google Analytics, Ecommerce Analytics: From Data to Decisions, Google Tag Manager Fundamentals
  3. Digital Garage: Learn Online Marketing (https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/ ) Free online marketing training to get the digital skills you need to grow your business, your career. Free courses from Google to become a digital expert.
  4. Google Developers Certification (https://developers.google.com)
  5. Google Code to learn (https://codetolearn.withgoogle.com/ )
  6. Google Webmasters (https://www.google.com/webmasters/learn/ )- learn to create websites
  7. Google G Suite Learning Center (https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/ )
  8. Google Academy for Ads (https://landing.google.com/academyforads/#?modal_active=none )
  9. Google Data Studio (Beta Version) – (https://datastudio.google.com/) – Free Data Visualization Suite
  10. Primer (by Google) – (http://www.yourprimer.com/) – short form lessons & personalised content delivered to your mobile.

Other Online Certifications in Digital Space

  1. Hoot Suite – To learn Social Media Trends for free (https://hootsuite.com/education#) 1-1
  2. Bing Ads Certifications – (https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/training/courses)
  3. Hub spot Academy – (http://academy.hubspot.com/) – High Quality videos on contemporary industry topics.
  4. Word Stream’s PPC University – (http://www.wordstream.com/learn) – learn about creating PPC Adwords / beginner to advanced level.
  5. MOZ Blog – (https://moz.com/blog) – great source for Digital marketing especially in SEO and Content Marketing
  6. Facebook Blue print – (https://www.facebook.com/blueprint) – Official resource for Facebook and Instagram Advertising.
  7. Social Media Marketing Course and Free Certification – (https://www.emarketinginstitute.org/free-courses/social-media-marketing-certification-course/)
  8. Free Social Media Analytics Course – (http://academy.quintly.com/courses/free-social-media-analytics)
  9. University of Salford Manchester – (http://www.salford.ac.uk/business-school/business-management-courses/mooc-search-social-media-marketing-international-business)

Other Free Websites

  1. 1300 Free online courses from Top Universities – (http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses)
  2. MIT OpenCourseWareoffers free lecture notes, exams, and videos from classes at MIT.
  3. The OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortiumis a free and openly licensed digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials organized as courses.
  4. The Open Yale Courseswebsite provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
  5. The Open University (OU)provides high-quality university education online to anyone. Nearly all of the undergraduate courses they offer do not require prior qualifications or experience.
  6. FreeEdNetis a collection of various courses, tutorials, and learning materials available on the web, including some the people at FreeEdNet are developing themselves.
  7. ALISONprovides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning free to the individual learner.
  8. The Online Education Database (OEDB)has compiled 200 online courses from big universities, such as MIT, Yale, and Tufts.
  9. Annenberg Learnerprovides free multimedia resources to help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods, thereby advancing excellent teaching in American schools.
  10. University of the Peopleis a tuition-free, non-profit institution that provides online education to individuals all over the world.
  11. UC Berkeley offers a central campus service, called berkeley, for recording and publishing course and campus events for students at UC Berkeley, as well as for learners around the globe.
  12. GCFLearnFreeprovides free, quality, innovative online learning, in over 750 different lessons, for anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy, and math skills.

To be continued …
Employability Skills Part – 4: LinkedIn

Previous Posts: Employability Skills (Series): Part 3.2 Data Science (Analytics) and Courses, Employability Skills (Series): Part 3.1 – Online Courses, Employability Skills (Series): Part 2 – Basic Skills

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