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Coursera is it really worth it??? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2014, 21:19
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I was just wondering do courses provided by companies such as coursera or udacity have any value??
I am planning to join this course "An Introduction to Marketing" which is provided by Wharton and they do provide a certificate..
Is it really worth it i mean can i include it in the education section and will it have an impact on the adcom ???

Any response is highly appreciated..
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Re: Coursera is it really worth it??? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 05:41
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Hi Everyone

I was just wondering do courses provided by companies such as coursera or udacity have any value??
I am planning to join this course "An Introduction to Marketing" which is provided by Wharton and they do provide a certificate..
Is it really worth it i mean can i include it in the education section and will it have an impact on the adcom ???

Any response is highly appreciated..


Although I do not have experience with this sort of a thing but I'll go out on a limb and put in my two cents. I don't think it would have too big an impact. Yes, it would be an add on to your profile but I don't think it would be a big deal, unless you go on to use what you learnt from Coursera, apply it in the real world and let the adcom know about it.

I'd me more interested in finding out if you applied what you learnt in Coursera. If not, it might just come across as a gimmick to try and impress the adcom.
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Re: Coursera is it really worth it??? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 19:36
Hi There

Thanks for replying. Definitely people can use it as a gimmick to impress the adcoms.
But my motive is to show dedication since i am engineer and the only reason why i want to switch to MBA is because i want to go into marketing .
So i just wanted to use it as a way to show adcom that though i have no prior experience in marketing but i am trying to learn the nuances via this course.
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Re: Coursera is it really worth it??? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 22:14
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Thanks for replying. Definitely people can use it as a gimmick to impress the adcoms.
But my motive is to show dedication since i am engineer and the only reason why i want to switch to MBA is because i want to go into marketing .
So i just wanted to use it as a way to show adcom that though i have no prior experience in marketing but i am trying to learn the nuances via this course.


Hello,

That makes sense then. It will not be a negative if you've got a solid plan around changing to marketing. However, it might help you that much more if you can also get to apply what you learn in the course, in the real world, if not on your full time job perhaps through a community initiative or volunteering etc. That would add gold to silver ;)
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Re: Coursera is it really worth it??? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 22:20
Thanks a ton..It all makes sense..
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