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Learn about… Professional development

Free courses to help with interpersonal skills, your professional online presence, leadership and collaboration.

By Fraser Graham Nov 13, 2020

Did you know that aiming high is an employability skill that employers look for? Being ambitious and having goals helps drive you to be a more proactive and productive individual. Having something to aim towards can also boost your wellbeing by giving you a stronger sense of purpose and motivation. Learn how you can advance yourself professionally with these free online courses.

Course 1: FutureLearn - Create a Professional Online Presence

How to present yourself professionally online.

Find out about:

  • different social media platforms
  • how online behaviour can impact your professional reputation
  • safety and privacy online

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 4 hours

Study type: Scheduled, no instructor

Cost: Free

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Course 2: FutureLearn - Thriving in the Digital Workplace

Build the skills you need to use digital technology in the workplace, using real-life case studies.

In this course, you will:

  • identify the digital trends in the workplace
  • explore skills and techniques for developing your career
  • develop techniques to enhance wellbeing and resilience at work

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 12 hours

Study type: Scheduled, no instructor

Cost: Free

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Course 3: FutureLearn - Presenting Your Work with Impact

Learn to create and present engaging content clearly and confidently in a range of situations, like in interviews and business meetings.

You will learn:

  • about different types of presentation software
  • techniques to convey your ideas with confidence

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 4 hours

Study type: Scheduled, no instructor

Cost: Free

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Course 4: Learning Curve Group - Business and customer awareness

Find out how to meet the expectations of businesses and customers when looking for work.

Learn how to:

  • find local job opportunities
  • identify the skills needed for a job
  • write a CV
  • apply for a job
  • prepare for a job interview

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: Under 2 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 5: Google - Communicate Effectively at Work

Use digital tools to communicate and collaborate with others in the workplace more effectively.

Find out how to:

  • hold a team meeting
  • collect feedback
  • create and share a proposal
  • present information to an audience

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 9 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 6: FutureLearn, Institute of Coding & University of Leeds - Collaborative Working in a Remote Team

Find out how to work effectively and collaboratively with your remote team.

You will learn about:

  • the challenges and benefits of remote working
  • different technologies for collaboration
  • project management tools that can help
  • practical planning skills for remote working

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 7: FutureLearn, Institute of Coding & University of Leeds - Communication and Interpersonal Skills at Work

Improve your communication skills at work.

You will learn:

  • communication strategies for workplace collaboration
  • how to match your communication style with your work
  • how to have challenging conversations

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 8: FutureLearn, Institute of Coding & University of Leeds - Essential Skills for Your Career Development

Discover tools to help you identify the skills you need to plan and achieve your career goals.

Learn how to:

  • use planning tools
  • establish career goals
  • create a professional network
  • use your transferable skills
  • navigate job applications and interviews

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 4 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 9: Learning Curve Group - Handling Information at Work

Develop personal and professional skills for the working environment.

You will learn:

  • how to handle information in the workplace
  • how to meet your organisation’s procedures
  • about government guidelines for handling information
  • about penalties for not following guidelines

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 2 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 10: The Open University - Returning to STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths)

Find out how to return to STEM after taking a break.

Learn how to:

  • find STEM jobs online
  • be visible to employers online
  • create an action plan and CV
  • identify mentors and networking opportunities
  • understand work-life balance and flexible working

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 11: The Open University - Personal branding for career success

Find out how to present yourself to employers and enhance your profile at work.

Learn how to:

  • apply marketing techniques to yourself
  • define your own brand
  • promote yourself to employers
  • devise a plan for your brand and career

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 12: The Open University - Leadership and followership

Find out what makes a good leader and how to improve your leadership skills.

Learn how to:

  • analyse leadership styles and approaches
  • recognise leadership skills
  • define followership
  • overcome common challenges with leadership
  • develop your leadership skills

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 13: The Open University - Working in diverse teams

Learn about the benefits and challenges of teamwork, and how to articulate these to an employer.

Find out about:

  • the value of team working for employers
  • different team roles
  • different stages of team development
  • the benefits of team diversity
  • how a virtual team differs from other teams

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 14: The Open University - Exploring career mentoring and coaching

Find out what mentors and career coaches do and how to become one.

You will learn:

  • the difference between mentoring and career coaching
  • the importance of self-awareness
  • how to choose a mentor or coach
  • how to become a mentor or coach

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 15: The Open University - Effective communication in the workplace

Learn about the importance of communication in the workplace and how to improve your communication skills.

Find out about:

  • different types of communication
  • the skills required for effective communication
  • the impact that communication can have
  • how effective communication can overcome challenges in the workplace

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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Course 16: The Open University - Internships and other work experiences

Find out about internships and work experience, and the experience they can provide.

Learn how to:

  • identify different types of internship and work experience opportunities
  • build on existing skills through an internship or work experience
  • define personal goals for an internship or work experience opportunity
  • build a personal brand

Certificate of completion: Yes

Total study time: 24 hours

Study type: Self-paced

Cost: Free

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