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Professional Development Articles

Professional Development Articles

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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 findcourses.co.uk 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
Last updated: 23/10/2019

20 Useful Things Everyone Should Learn to do

If you're feeling inspired to learn but not sure where to start, we’ve compiled a list of 20 useful things everyone should learn to do.

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Last updated: 25/10/2019

Top Ten Celebrities with A Levels

Thinking about the next stage of your education? At Findcourses we know that the decision making process can be tricky, so to give you some inspiration on what you can do, why not check out what some well know celebrities studied at A Level?

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Last updated: 18/10/2019

The Benefits of Learning Horticulture with David Francis

Do you have a passion for living things and the outdoors? David Francis teaches BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Capel Manor College and has spent all his working life studying and working in professional horticulture. Find out how you'll benefit from growing an understanding of this fascinating subject.

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Last updated: 18/10/2019

What are CLAiT Courses?

Whether it’s to watch the latest videos, browse online stores for a bargain or work on your latest project, computers are a huge part of our lives. Feel that you don’t have the IT skills you need to keep up with the pace of this technology? A CLAiT course could be for you.

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Last updated: 17/10/2019

Why you Should do an Internship

We’ve all heard tales of the struggling intern sent on the boss’ dry cleaning run, and the others about the competitive interview process. But don’t let that put you off: the right internship really can be invaluable. Here's why

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Last updated: 17/10/2019

ECDL: What is it and why does it matter?

Whether it’s for daily use at work, buying shopping online or just browsing the internet, the vast majority of us use computers on a frequent basis. However, despite over three quarters of the UK’s working population regularly using computers, most have never had formal IT training. The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognised qualification that enables people to c ...
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Last updated: 17/10/2019

How to Maintain Concentration in a Class

Given the multitude of distractions around us today, it can be difficult to stay focused. We've rattled our brains to find a few suggestions to equip you for when you venture back into learning. 

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Last updated: 18/10/2019

Interview with CJ Burge, Regional Winner of the Festival of Learning Social Impact Award

No matter your background or situation, education is monumental in making a positive difference. We spoke with CJ Burge, one of the Festival of Learning regional winners who has come leaps and bounds following a stint in prison abroad at a young age.

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Last updated: 17/10/2019

What are VRQ courses?

Even if your academic grades at GCSE or A Level weren’t how you’d hoped, it’s not too late to enter your dream profession, as there will be a Vocationally Recognised Qualification course to suit you. Find out all there is to know about VRQs here!

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Last updated: 02/10/2019

5 Things You Didn't Know About Sign Language

If you're on the lookout for sign language courses, chances are you're interested in taking your first steps towards learning how to sign. But sign language is a complex visual language, and it's important to learn a bit about it before enrolling in a course. Here are 5 things you didn't know about sign language!

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Last updated: 02/10/2019

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Reflexology

Reflexology is so much more than a simple massage— it's a powerful method for releasing tension and healing the body. If you're interested in learning more about this popular form of alternative therapy, here are 7 things you probably didn't know about reflexology!

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Last updated: 02/10/2019

13 Things You Didn't Know About Learning Arabic

Arabic can be a tricky language to learn. Writing in the opposite direction in a completely different alphabet may seem like an impossible task, but like all languages, practice really does make perfect. Click here to discover 13 things you didn't know about learning Arabic, and get started on your language learning journey!

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Last updated: 16/10/2019

The Strangest Laws in the UK

Have you heard of the Salmon Act of 1986 (yes, as in the fish) or know what the laws are if a dead whale is found on the British coast? Here are some of the UK's strangest laws, some of which you may have already broken..

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Last updated: 13/08/2019

Why Learning New Skills Should be Your Priority

This article is a guest post from Owen McGab Enaohwo, the CEO and Co-Founder of SweetProcess. The world changes drastically day by day. Since the advent of the internet, skills that used to be in vogue are fast becoming irrelevant. Not only that, some old skills which are still useful to survive in the digital economy are constantly been upgraded. Are you keeping up? If you’re not so sure...
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Last updated: 15/07/2019

Communication Skills: How to Improve & Break Down Barriers to Communication

‘No man is an island’. Each and every one of us needs to communicate on a regular basis with others, in both our professional and private lives. Indeed, humankind has succeeded through the ability to cooperate in groups, exchange information and build sustainable relationships. We should be highly evolved to communicate effectively and successfully and yet; so many relationships suffer or break do ...
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Last updated: 15/07/2019

CIPD Intermediate vs. Advanced Awards

Whether you are trying to advance your career in human resources or trying to break into the field, professional development is the leading choice for getting employers to notice you. Making the effort to develop your career and motivate change within your organisation has a multitude of effects, both immediate and long-lasting. 

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Last updated: 15/07/2019

The Difference Between CIPD Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas

If you’re looking for the perfect career choice, look no further than a role in the field of human resources (HR) and leadership and development (L&D).Whether you’ve recently graduated, changed careers, or decided to pursue professional development, it’s never too late to open up the doors to opportunity and advance in a field that’s always expanding.

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Last updated: 15/07/2019

NEBOSH diplomas: International vs. National

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) provides interested participants in the field of health and safety the opportunity to take their career further through certifications and qualifications. Decide which NEBOSH diploma is the perfect match for you!

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Last updated: 15/07/2019

ACCA diploma vs. Certificate: What you need to know

Whether you’re already in the field or have dreams of breaking into it, accountants are constantly being faced with new information and challenges.The global economy, tax codes, and banking laws and regulations are in a constant flux.So, if you expect to be on top in the field of accounting, you have to keep up with all the current updates and trends.

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Last updated: 13/11/2019

What's the Average Salary in the UK?

Average Salary (UK) of over 400 Jobs Revealed. Have you ever wondered whether you’re getting paid enough? The Office of National Statistics has released new figures showing the average UK salary for over 400 job roles, from gardeners to artists, IT technicians to sales and marketing managers. Their yearly survey showed that the average salary for men and women combined was £29,009, which includes...

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