MOOC can help women trying to make a comeback after Child Birth clinch ‘Dream Job’

If you are a woman trying to get back to career after a break, by now you would be feeling bogged down by  statements like “you have missed the technical train”, “you do not have the required competency” and so on…You will be feeling dejected. But you need not…there is a way to get back to work by honing your skill set…and that also without leaving your house…

Just say yes to “MOOC”

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. You could attend from the comfort of your house classes offered by elite colleges like Stanford, Oxford, or get trained by subject experts and that also for free or for a nominal cost….. that’s MOOC explained in a line. MOOC was introduced in 2008 and since emerged as a popular mode of learning.

Benefits of MOOC:

MOOC for women

  • They offer  large number of students the opportunity to study high quality courses online with prestigious universities, often at no cost.
  • They are ideal for independent study and students can select courses from any institution offering them.
  • They offer video lectures and provide interaction through peer review and group collaboration or automated feedback through objective, online assessments (including quizzes and exams).
  • Best option to top up skills and competences

Start you journey by selecting your MOOC Platform

Over the years many MOOC platforms have come up. Let me list out for you the top 3.


Coursera currently has 25 million registered learners and partners with 149 universities across 29 countries. Coursera now offers around 2,150 courses. Indeed a great collection. One could choose the desired course from 12 main categories namely Data science, Computer science, Personal development, Social science, IT, Business, Languages, Arts and Humanities, Life sciences and Math and Logic. In addition to single courses, Coursera also offers its own Specialization, and also offers fully-online Masters degrees. I must admit Coursera is my favorite.


edX too partners with top institutions from all over the world.  It’s the second largest MOOC provider in the world with over ten million students and offers over 1,500 courses. In addition to technical courses they provide courses in Law, Economics, Food and Nutrition, Ethics etc. edX offers certification programs like

MicroMasters certificateMicroMasters Programs are credit-eligible, provide in-demand knowledge and may be applied to accelerate a Master’s Degree.

Professional CertificateProfessional Certificates develop the proficiency and expertise that employers are looking for with specialized training and professional education.

X series CertificateXSeries are designed to provide a deep understanding of key subjects through a series of courses.


Unlike Coursera and edX, Udacity’s main partners are corporates like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and IBM Watson. Udacity offers lot many courses free, compared to above two. Its specialization course is called nanodegree. Udacity goes ahead to guarantee that those who purchase a Nanodegree Plus program will find a job within next six months. Currently they offer nanodegree in Digital marketing, Web development, Artificial Intelligence, Data science etc.

How to start with MOOC

How to start with MOOC

Start you journey by selecting your MOOC Platform

Once you decide on the platform get registered

  1. Identify the course you want to take up and understand all about it – instructors, Date of commencing, Prerequisite to take up the course etc
  2. Decide on whether to take up just the free mode (In free mode normally one can go through the complete course, but won’t be able to take up exam or get certificate) or paid one
  3. Get on with the course. Join group discussion and stay focussed

So now you are all set to start with MOOC journey. All the best. Do let us know if this article helped you in restarting the career……

15 Responses

  1. Shaila says:

    This s such a unique post! Will share it i think this is so helpful

  2. Mrinal Kiran says:

    Wow this is great! Never knew that these courses or MOOC would be so helpful! I will surely spread this word!

  3. This is totally great idea to upgrade qualification anytime.

  4. MOOC journey seems very helpful. I have done few courses from Coursera: and absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing other options.

  5. Jhilmil says:

    Very informative post on online courses to help mama’s come back into the professional world. I can relate it to these courses since I too took the same route !

  6. MOOC seems to be doing a great job of helping women find a feet after becoming moms too.

  7. Reetu says:

    MOOC looks like a great way to help women catch up with building their dream career once again. Sure a helpful post for all the ambitious women out there!

  8. Alexx Bloom says:

    Now this is something different and cool to try out for those who want to try out new things and make them feel worth it

  9. Nidhi KM says:

    That’s a solid answer to many obstacles faced during a gestation period

  10. Charu says:

    Wow this is a very informative and helpful post for so many moms. If there is family support for kids then this is a great option

  11. Love to know that MOOC would be so helpful. Its a very innovative and helpful post.

  12. Pr@Gun says:

    very informative post on MOCC, helpful for women.

  13. Bushra Khan says:

    This is such a helpful post! Will definitely check this out and see how this works for me

  14. Trystwithvanillagirl says:

    Thanks for this detail post. I have many friends who will be helped by MOOC

  15. Snigdha says:

    MOOC is new thing to me .. Thanks for sharing the info..

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