This Google Scholarship Will Pay for You to Get Certified in IT Support

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I know it seems like robots are eventually coming for all our jobs, but the truth is someone’s got to stick around to program them.

OK, just kidding. Things aren’t that dire.

In fact, 85% of the jobs we’ll be doing by the time 2030 rolls around don’t even exist yet.

And when they’re invented, they’ll be pretty robot-proof.

Add that to the fact that most of humanity will never part with their smartphones, tablets and laptops, and suddenly jobs in information technology industry start to look pretty stable.

Indeed, IT jobs can earn you a six-figure income, let you travel the world and even help close the gender wage gap.

Some companies don’t even require an information technology degree to get in on the ground floor of a good IT job.

You could try to get an IT apprentice job, but a certification makes you even more marketable to companies.

But certification courses can set you back a few hundred dollars — or even several thousand.

If that’s not in your budget, consider applying for a need-based scholarship to pursue a Google IT Support Professional Certificate.  

The certification program is hosted on Coursera and runs $49 per month.

If you’re one of the 10,000 learners chosen by Google, the company pays the program fees for the 8- to 12-month course you complete at your own pace. It’s basically free IT training.

Google Scholarship Application Requirements

To qualify for financial assistance, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in the U.S., or one of its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa)

“I’ve seen firsthand how educational opportunities can transform people’s careers and lives,” says Google product lead, Natalie Van Kleef Conley. “By making the Google IT Support Professional Certificate accessible on Coursera, we hope to open the door for everyone to begin a career in technology.”

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves telling readers about new job and education opportunities so look her up on Twitter (@lisah) if you’ve got a tip to share.