Would online courses boost my resume? (These are courses from Duke and UPenn)

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Starting August 1st, Duke University released Behavioral Finance to give investors a peak at the fallacies that can destroy portfolios.

On August 22, the University of Pennsylvania will release Microeconomics: The Power of Markets to provide an in-depth look at the financial markets.

These courses are available for free on Coursera, and you can purchase a completion certificate for $49.

Would having courses like these on my resume/Linkedin strengthen it?

I know brand recognition is big in finance. Coming from a non-target, I feel like having "Duke" or "UPenn" on my resume would help significantly. What do yall think?

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Aug 3, 2016

Will have minimal effect, if any.

If you're not a finance major, you can mention them in interviews to show your interest. Other than that it's pretty irrelevant when it comes to recruiting.

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Aug 3, 2016

No. Not at all. No difference. I'd actually say that may be perceived as desperation.

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Aug 6, 2016

They aren't even official courses. No credits or anything

Aug 6, 2016

Why not just take those courses for free. There's no point in getting the certificate if it doesn't provide any tangible skills and you might even be disappointed by these courses such as being to easy or not having too much depth.

Aug 6, 2016

Don't put coursera on your resume

May 25, 2019

I think coursera can help if you aren't a typical candidate. My current MD when interviewing me said he liked that I took the PwC excel classes on coursera and it made me different.

Aug 6, 2016

Just taking one course from a target university doesn't show anything. People know about these types of things. I have seen quite a few people proudly state on their Linkedin or resume that they did one course in Harvard Extension school just because Harvard is in the name.

Aug 6, 2016

Gonna break with the crowd. List a few coursera classes on my resume. Didn't stop me from getting offers at the top firms. Obviously don't know if it hurt or helped, but didn't disqualify and if you have an otherwise strong resume I think it shows you go the extra mile to learn.

It's like linking to your trading history or fundamental trading research blog. Fellow applicants might think it's weird but some employers eat it up.

Also these classes are actually quite practical. Likely to make you more interesting to talk to in an interview.

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Aug 6, 2016
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