Anyone looking to advance or change their careers has innumerable resources at their disposal. With just a few clicks of a mouse or swipes of a smartphone, they can access courses from some of the world’s top universities and institutions.
What’s even better is that many of those courses are free. But how do you go about choosing the ones which will be most beneficial to your career? Well, that largely depends on where you want your career to go. There are, however, a few skills which are universally useful.
We’ve outlined a few examples of courses in those skills below:
No matter what you do, being able to express yourself clearly and effectively is important. Whether it’s emails, proposals, or strategies, being able to write well almost always pays off. This course from Coursera will help you learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analysing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents.
If you still think negotiation is all about a firm handshake and a winning smile, you might want to consider this course. Seriously though, negotiation is a vital business skill. It can impact everything from the raise you’ve been working so hard for to the business deal that turns your company into an international player.
In the course, you’ll learn about and practice the four steps to a successful negotiation:
- Prepare: Plan Your Negotiation Strategy
- Negotiate: Use Key Tactics for Success
- Close: Create a Contract
- Perform and Evaluate: The End Game
Be warned though, this course comes with an 80% pass mark.
Even if social media doesn’t feature in your job description, it can make or break your career. It makes sense then to know the fundamentals. This course from Buffer will help you do exactly that. Taking the form of seven emails sent over seven days, it’s not a massive time-suck either.
The topics covered by the course are:
- How to choose a social network
- How to customize your social media profile
- Establishing a voice and tone for your social media posts
- The ideal time and frequency to post on social media
- Social media analytics
- How to schedule, engage, and listen on social media
- A free social media marketing kit
If you still think being able to code is something only developers need to be able to do, boy have we got news for you. Even the most basic coding skills will set you apart from your peers, whatever field you’re in.
By the end of this course, Codecademy promises, you’ll learn the basics of HTML and CSS and how to structure and style your webpage.
Brought to you by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, this six-module course aims to teach students how businesses and organisations behave in situations in which strategic decisions are interdependent, i.e. where my actions affect my competitors’ profits and vice versa. Using the basic tools of game theory, it will also analyse how businesses choose strategies to attain competitive advantage.
While there are a slew of automated tools out there, project management remains a vital skill for many careers .
This course, using material from the University of Adelaide, promises to teach you “how to plan, scope, schedule, cost and manage your project from beginning to end”. And because every project relies on the people who are delivering it, the course will also help you explore how you can “effectively communicate, manage people and employ leadership skills to successfully deliver your own project”.
Just a taste
In finishing, it is important to note that the courses we’ve listed here represent just a fraction of what’s available online. So why not spend a little time browsing through some of the sites we’ve listed and see what else is out there.