Life Happens: Personal Finance from College to Career

Free online course: 83 videos, 17 comprehensive problem-solving exercises. Digital text sold separately.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (384 ratings)
14,880 students
Life Happens: Personal Finance from College to Career
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (384 ratings)
14,883 students
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: •tConstruct and manage a personal budget that takes into account their short and long term financial goals and objectives •tUnderstand the importance of saving and investing in the achievement of their personal goals and objectives •tPlan for major purchases and higher education costs •tChoose between, manage and protect credit alternatives, especially those involving credit cards, higher education loans, auto loans, etc. •tUnderstand the types of insurance that may be particularly relevant for them at this point in their lives •tWeigh the financial, economic and other impacts of the different career choices they may be contemplating •tProblem-solve their way through day-to-day and moderately complicated situations involving personal financial issues

Requirements

  • An open mind, basic computer skills and, most of all, an interest in learning how to take control of your financial life.

Description

      A nuts-and-bolts financial literacy course for students on both sides of college. 

      With more than 80 engaging videos in 17 information-packed segments, Personal Financial Management from College to Career delivers knowledge you can put to use today and later on in life. 

      Since 2009, Mitchell D. Weiss has been teaching his typically oversubscribed personal finance course at the University of Hartford. Now, Mitch is bringing both the course and its accompanying "un-college-textbook," Life Happens, to vivid life online. 

      You'll learn how to evaluate student loans, bank loans and competing credit card offers, approach buying a house or car, protect against ID theft, prepare for and choose between career opportunities, compare different insurance products, deal with financial adversity, and much more. Mitch's straightforward explanations and wide-ranging advice are easy to follow and implement. 

      The 17-section course can be taken from start to finish or sampled à la carte, if you prefer to focus on just what you need today. The e-text contains thought-provoking questions, real-life problems, and links to the same online tools Mitch uses on screen to solve those problems. The book also includes hundreds of additional links to even more educational resources and informative articles on this important subject.
 
  About your instructor:

       Mitchell D. Weiss is an experienced financial services industry executive and entrepreneur, adjunct faculty at the University of Hartford a former member of the board of the university’s Barney School of Business and co-founder of its Center for Personal Financial Responsibility. He also is adjunct faculty at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

       In addition to Business Happens: A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices, he is also the author of Life Happens: A Practical Guide to Personal Finance from College to Career-2nd Edition and its companion course book, and College Happens: A Practical Handbook for Parents and Students

 
 

 
 
 

  Business Happens - A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices 

Who this course is for:

  • Students in as well as on both sides of college

Course content

18 sections • 83 lectures • 4h 28m total length
  • 1.1 Establishing Goals, Timelines, Costs & Priorities
    01:07
  • 1.2 A 'Zero-Sum' Equation
    01:39
  • 1.3 Track, Assess & Revise
    01:36
  • 1.4 Cars, Houses & Apartments
    00:50
  • 1.5 Budgeting for Committed Relationships
    02:11

Instructor

Financial services industry professional, professor, author
Mitchell D. Weiss
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 633 Reviews
  • 28,784 Students
  • 2 Courses

My background is on the lending side of the financial services  industry. I have owned and run commercial finance companies and served as an executive officer at several banks. I am an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Hartford, part-time faculty,  co-founder of its Center for Personal Financial  Responsibility and A former member of the university's Barney School of Business' Board of Visitors. I also teach at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University via its Arts Online program.