Are you feeling left out and kicking yourself for missing the Thank goodness the online colleges and university extensions have come to the rescue. This week, I and many of my friends have been inundated with call after call from online colleges. After blocking every number I could, I decided to go down my list of callers and research a few of them.
It’s actually quite interesting and rather amusing.
Check out the hype you will be fortunate enough to listen to should you follow my footsteps:
“Optimize & Monetize Your Marketing With an Advanced Social Media Certificate 100% Online!” Once you get your certificate, you can give yourself a title – here, pick one you like:
* Social Media Marketing Manager
* Social Media Manager
* Social Media Director
* Social Media Analyst
* Social Media Developer
I know, many of you are thinking – WOW, where do I sign up? Well, this particular “career-building certificate can be acquired from the University of San Francisco, ranked a best university by U.S. News & World Report.”
Wait, it gets better – you can do ALL this and become an expert in 8 weeks or less!! You gotta admit, that’s impressive to say the least.
I’m sorry folks, I am still laughing at the ads. Most of the pictures (over 90%) on the websites are young adults – mid 20’s or younger. While I realize they may be VERY intelligent and talented, the interviews that continue to play out in my mind go something like this:
Employer: So, you want to be our Social Media Developer?
Prospect: Yes, sir. I can twitter and tweet with the best of them.
Employer: I see. Well your resume says you attended USF. Good School. Is that a 2 or 4 year degree you obtained.
Prospect: Neither sir, I was one of the top in my class and received my certificate in ONLY 7 weeks.
Employer: Ok then, what about previous work experience.
Prospect: Well, before that, I worked bussing tables at Denny’s for ten months, but I have been texting since I was ten and have online friends all over the world.
OK – ok, so maybe I am a little over the top with this analogy, but so is becoming an expert in anything in only 8 weeks or less. While some of the classes I browsed were not only interesting but also potentially pertinent (classes on legalities) how many of you (business owners) would put your faith and trust in a person with little to no work history and an 8 week certificate from an online college?
Get back to me on this one. Thanks.
Source: University of San Francisco