Google Coursera break educational paradigms and come to the rescue of the labor market

Google, through Coursera, seeks to train more than 100.000 students interested in starting a career in the technology sector, with a certificate that they can obtain in 6 months and that Google would validate as a 4-year professional study.
Coursera and Google break educational paradigms and come to the rescue of the labor market


One of the most outstanding bets among the initiatives to reactivate the world economy after the crisis that has generated the pandemic, is the one that Google offers through the Coursera platform, to thousands of students.

It consists of preparing citizens in the skills required to start a career in the technology sector. The digital transformation of companies, due to covid-19, has had to redouble efforts to keep up with the current pace of the demands that are being presented in the world. Google poses an ambitious bet that can be the spearhead of a world revolution, to reactivate the economy faster than thought.

Google and Coursera: professional certificates to respond to the current crisis

A study by Brookings, a research center in the United States, determined that at least 2 thirds of jobs created after 2010, they would need medium and high knowledge in digital skills. In Colombia, several national government initiatives They have sought to offer the necessary training so that Colombians are trained in these new skills that current companies demand.

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It is becoming increasingly clear that digital transformation will be a mandatory leap for any company, in any sector of the economy, with different ways of approaching it, but in the end, an urgent need for all organizations.

Google, one of the most relevant technology companies of recent times, has decided to launch a program that seeks to be a quick solution, but at the same time effective to support economic recovery, while helping to close the gap that is currently in jobs of the fourth industrial revolution, where it is expected that between 2018 and 2028, the jobs of the digital age experience a 12% growth in demand, which represents almost double the demand that other sectors will experience.


Google's program Growth with Google, recently launched the initiative with which it seeks to train very quickly (approximately 6 months), people who wish to venture into the information technology or IT sector, to work in positions of engagement or start of a career, but who They have good remuneration as they are jobs required within the framework of the demands of digital transformation in companies.

The disruptive aspect of the initiative is that the company will recognize said certificate as if it were an undergraduate or bachelor, as university studies at the undergraduate level are called in the United States, lasting at least 4 years.

This is an element that makes a difference since it allows people with very different professions to make the leap to a career change in fields of high demand. It would be like a new beginning for many, since the program wants to place special emphasis on adult professionals who want to look for new opportunities, or even people without previous university studies.


Google and its Growth With Google initiative, through the Coursera e-Learning platform, will offer a series of 100% online professional certificates, which in 6 months will prepare students to occupy entry-level positions in IT or IT fields. Information Technologies, with good remuneration and valuation in companies of all sectors. Those professional certificates they will be in fields such as Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience (UX) Design.


These professional certificates are very close to launch, and at this moment Google is already offering 2 certificates that are actually complementary, but can be taken separately,


This 5-course professional certificate, developed by Google, includes innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in IT support. A job in IT can mean in-person or remote help desk work at a small business or a global company like Google. The skills that will be learned with the course are:

  • Customer Service
  • Troubleshooting
  • Network protocols
  • Cloud computing
  • windows operating system
  • linux command line
  • System Administration
  • Algorithms and encryption techniques


This program builds on IT fundamentals to help you take your career to the next level. It is designed to teach you how to program with Python and how to use Python to automate common system administration tasks. You'll also learn how to use Git and GitHub, troubleshoot and debug complex problems, and apply automation at scale using cloud and configuration management. The topics that will be addressed in this program are:

  • Python programming
  • Fundamental programming concepts
  • Basic Python syntax and data structures
  • Python tests
  • Automation
  • Troubleshooting and debugging
  • Use version control
  • Configuration management
  • Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
  • Set up your developer environment
  • Regular expression (REGEX)


This proposal that Google launches to recover the United States after the pandemic hit, can very quickly be replicated by other technology giants such as IBM, which in fact already offers several professional certificates through Coursera, such as the IBM Data Science Professional Certificate, with which you can be opening places for jobs at the beginning of your career, validating said certificates as studies of 4 or 5 years.

Google-developed certificates actually also connect with top tech employers in the United States who are hiring for related roles. An initiative that they could easily transfer to their offices around the world, opening up a range of possibilities so that in Latin American countries, these opportunities for employment are given.

It can certainly represent an unprecedented turn in education and employment, since the construction of a professional career would be considered, in this case in the field of IT, which the employee progressively builds little by little, in which at time working, training and promotion, acquiring specific knowledge at each stage of their projection and working life.

fabian mendoza

fabian mendoza

Publicist, Master in Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce University of Barcelona / EAE Business School. Passionate about education, especially online, social networks, movies, good music, travel and cinema, like any inhabitant of the earth. Lifelong Learner

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