Get Ahead

As a resource, the Web can connect you to the information you need to embark on a new career, find training, or get a degree.

Education

Girl with paperworkOnline education can help you improve job prospects, advance your career, earn or finish your degree, or simply learn something new.

Depending on the online education path you choose, you may never even have to leave the comfort of your home as you climb the career ladder, build your resume, and enrich your skill set in areas of knowledge such as:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Career and Vocational Training
  • Education and Teaching
  • Health Care and Medicine
  • IT and Technology
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Personal Development

Also called “distance education” or “distance learning,” online education is an increasingly popular choice for students. Nearly 4 million students enrolled in online courses in 2007, twice the number who took advantage of online education just four years before.

With so many online program graduates entering and moving up within the workforce, many employers are accepting this new wave of online education with pleasure as it provides them with better trained, more informed employees, sometimes without their even having to take time off from work.

Homework Help

Tutor is an online homework help and tutoring service. They have thousands of tutors online 24/7, and also offer the Tutor.com Learning Suite for libraries, K-12 schools, community colleges and businesses, with one-to-one learning solutions for students of all ages. The Learning Suite features services for K-12 students, college students and adult learners, including, Live Homework Help.

Jobs

Man with paper workUsing the Internet for your job search can help you reach deeper into your local area as well as take your search far beyond your regular boundaries. Some employers will only list job openings and accept applications online.

Whether you found the job listing online or did online research before your interview, make sure you tell the employer. This means you not only know how to use a computer but you also know how to navigate the Web.

The Internet can also help you explore career options that you might not have previously considered. Not quite happy with your current job? Is it the job or the career path you've chosen? Are there any ways to can take your skills and apply them in a new direction? Not sure? Explore! You can take an online career self-assessment, research different occupations and disciplines, and find local career counselors and career centers to help you.

Here are some key places to start your job search:

Monster.com - You can narrow your search by location, keywords, and employer. Plus, Monster offers networking boards, job search alerts, and online resume posting.

CareerBuilder.com – CareerBuilder offers job seekers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more.

Yahoo! Hot Jobs – Yahoo! Hot Jobs is another large, well known job search engine.

Craigslist - Craigslist is a popular site to find jobs localized to your city. Visit this page to choose a city in California near you.

Your local newspaper's website is also a good place to search for jobs. Check out the Los Angeles Times Jobs section.