Free College-Level Education to Grow Your Career

We are huge fans of continuing education as a way to grow your career. In the insurance industry we are always recommending CPCU. CIC and CLU are both also fantastic and we haven’t talked about them much, but we certainly will in the future. Today we want to focus on free college level classes from prestigious universities that you can take online for free.

In just the last few years the options available to take free classes online have ballooned and increased exponentially in quality with many world class universities jumping in the fray. There are many, many options out so we decided to create a little guide divided into 8 categories that we think are important for professionals in the XXI Century and we give you a few options in each of the categories.


1. Communication and Public Speaking:

There’s a very strong correlation between your ability to communicate in a professional manner and career growth. Sharpening your communication skills can only help!

Communicating Strategically from Purdue University.

High-Impact Business Writing from the University of California, Irvine.

Introduction to Public Speaking by the University of Washington.

Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World by State University of New York.


2. Decision Making, Negotiation and Game Theory:

In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Becoming a better decision maker and learning to negotiate are related and important skills for the higher level executive. If you want to dig even deeper, learning at least the basics of Game Theory can also give you a leg up when negotiating (and is incredibly interesting). Here’s our selection of classes to improve those skills.

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills from the University of Michigan.

The Art of Negotiation from the University of California, Irvine.

Welcome to Game Theory from The University of Tokyo.

Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World from the University of Groningen.


3. Leadership Skills:

We have talked in the past about how to gain leadership skills. Here are a couple of class options to help you gain the knowledge to make you a better leader.

Better Leader, Richer Life from the University of Pennsylvania.

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University.



4. Innovation:

All industries live and die on innovation, and our insurance industry needs a good dose of it to get us moving forward. Here are some classes on how to manage innovation.

Engaging with Innovation Ecosystems: The Corporate Perspective from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Innovating in Health Care from Harvard.

Innovation and Enterprise from Loughborough University.


5. People Management, Project Management and Analytics:

Getting good at managing people and projects have long been standard needs as you progress in your careers and analytics is becoming more and more important by the day.

Project Management: The Basics for Success from the University of California, Irvine.

The Analytics Edge from MIT.

Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce from the University of Reading.


6. Happiness and Motivation:

Happy people make better professionals so understanding the psychology of happiness will help you keep yourself and your people happier and more productive.

Positive Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity from the University of California, Irvine.

Success – Unleash Yourself by University of Agder.

This article was co-written by Tony Canas, Chief Motivator at and Carly Burnham, Chief Writer at, while we both were taking our own medicine and enjoying some time off in Dubai and Costa Rica respectively. We apologize if any blaring details were missed or messed up, comment below and we’ll fix them as time allows!

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