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Professional Development Articles

Professional Development Articles


Needing a bit of inspiration in your quest for a better career through professional development? We know it can be tricky and that's why we started in the first place: to help you make the right training choices. Our professional development articles are a combination of staff research, the top tips from the UK's premier training providers, and contributions from our readers.

Last updated: 18 Jul 2017

Should I Take IOSH or NEBOSH?

Last updated: 11/04/2018

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) are both internationally acclaimed providers of health and safety qualifications. So, what exactly do they do, and what makes them different?

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The Difference Between CIPD Awards, Certificates and Diplomas

Last updated: 15/05/2018

Have you already worked in HR and L&D and you want to boost your knowledge and take your career to the next level? But where should you start? Learn the differences between awards, certificates, and diplomas with the CIPD.

Which project management certification is right for me? - Infographic

Last updated: 02/03/2018

The demand for project managers has never been greater with increased globalisation, expanding industries and a burgeoning IT industry.  Depending on your experience, industry and budget, there's a project management certification that is a perfect fit for you.

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GDPR is Coming to the UK. Is Your Organisation Ready?

Last updated: 01/11/2017

The General Data Protection Regulation is coming to the UK May 25th, 2018. Is your organisation ready? Read about what you can do and learn about training opportunities to help you prepare.

Topics: Technology
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How to Identify & Overcome Complexity: 6 Solutions That Work

Last updated: 25/07/2017

Over-complexity is the silent killer for many companies, and it’s a proven fact. The largest 200 companies in the Global Fortune 500 listing lose approximately 10.2% of shareholder value every year due to complexity. Read NSF's top tips for cutting through complexity!

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Women in Leadership – Commanding Presence, Boldness and Passion

Last updated: 28/06/2017

When it comes to leadership, women have come a long way. We are seeing more and more strong women leaders the world over, but there is still a lot of work to do. Learn about how theatre-based training can help you command presence, respect, and exude confidence.

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How to Learn a Language as a Dyslexic Learner

Last updated: 19/06/2017

Dyslexic foreign language learners are usually written off in schools and work as incapable of learning foreign languages.That is about 10% of the population! This assumption that dyslexic learners can't master a foreign language is completely false. Read a list of tips on learning a foreign language as a dyslexic learner.

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How to Develop Your Personal Brand As A Leader

Last updated: 12/06/2017

In today’s workplace outstanding performance is no longer enough – particularly if you want to progress your career or represent your company in the very best light. Image and visibility are now essential components of both career and business success. You are a brand and you need to know what your brand stands for.

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Why You Didn’t Get the Promotion

Last updated: 07/06/2017

You’re convinced you’re making all the right moves and even your co-workers are impressed with your performance.Most importantly, you’re committed to the job, hard-working and ambitious.So, why is it that you’ve been passed over for promotion?

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6 Rules for Coping With Brutal Disruption in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Last updated: 07/06/2017

In a world of ever-increasing and sometimes unpredictable change, it has never been more important for pharmaceutical companies to bounce back stronger from “brutal disruptions.” The trouble with the old adages, “proper planning prevents poor performance” and “fail to plan, plan to fail,” is that planning only works when you have an idea of what’s coming.

Topics: Pharmaceuticals
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High Performance Professional Development Plan

Last updated: 12/05/2017

Every organisation understands that a learning culture is one that yields the greatest employee loyalty, happiness and ultimately productivity. Professional development focuses on acquiring more knowledge and skills related to your career, and applies to everyone in the organisation from new employees to the CEO.

Changes to UK Qualifications 2017

Last updated: 19/01/2017

With a new year comes new changes to qualifications and certifications in the UK. Here at FindCourses, we’ve put together an overview of the most significant updates and ongoing reforms you need to be aware of to stay up to date in your field, including plans for accrediting bodies, changes to exams and frameworks, and major qualification reforms. Find out the essentials!

FCA Professional Development Guide

Last updated: 19/01/2017

Developing your career in financial services can seem like a daunting prospect – particularly when trying to understand Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) qualifications and requirements. Here at FindCourses, we’ve unpicked some of the complexity and put together a handy guide to understanding FCA requirements for professional development in finance.

Topics: FCA , Finance
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RQF replaces QCF: What you need to know

Last updated: 16/11/2016

Curious about the new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and how it differs from the previous Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)? Find out all you need to know about the change and learn how it impacts both learners and awarding organisations.

Professional Training in the UK - FAQs for International Visitors

Last updated: 24/03/2017

Business or pleasure? Traveling to the UK for professional training combines both: it gives you insight into the most popular training options, internationally-recognised qualifications and gives you the opportunity to learn in a diverse, global environment. Learn the steps for studying abroad as a professional in the UK including which visa you will need.

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Time to Train Government Initiative - Take Off Work to Train!

Last updated: 03/10/2016

You might be legally entitled to request time off work to gain new skills and knowledge. Time to Train is a Government initiative designed to empower employees to request time off from work for training, with the ultimate goal of enhancing skills across the UK workforce. Learn if you qualify and how to apply!

How to win bids and tenders

Last updated: 01/06/2016

Bidding, tendering, pitching are all important elements of winning work. Being able to write persuasively, really getting to the heart of customer's requirements and compelling them to decide in your favour is a real skill. Sarah Amery provides insight from 20 years of bidding for Big 4 firms, international engineering consultancies as well as smaller, private organisations.

Jedi Knight Alternatives to Excel’s IF function

Last updated: 30/03/2016

The IF function is a an essential part of any professional's Excel survival kit, but is it always the shortest and cleanest way to do things?

Discover two key alternatives that will make your work quicker and more effective, courtesy of Financial Training Associates.

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Using Excel's Offset function to amalgamate data (beautifully)

Last updated: 30/03/2016

Learn how to 'jump' and amalgamate columns using Excel's Offset function with this practical how-to from Financial Training Associates.

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How To Reduce Project Risks

Last updated: 30/03/2016

Any discussion of project risks needs to mention that all projects have risks; the very nature of a project is not "business-as-usual" – it is something new and different – and that will always pose some measure of risk. What is important is to accept that there will be risks but recognise that they need to be managed in such a way that they are minimised. Projects where risks are actively managed and controlled are more likely to be a success.

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