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Last updated: 24 Mar 2017

10 Financial concepts you should be familiar with

Published: 21/09/2015

No matter how specialised professionals have become over the last decade, it is important for people in any business to be well acquainted with a few vital financial concepts. The higher up you go in your career the frequency of the terms and importance of them will grow. 

Read this list to test your financial terminology knowledge and understand what key terms mean.

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How To Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

Published: 21/09/2015

We make decisions everyday that affect our lives to a great extent. Be it in a personal or a professional context, you can never deny the significance and the necessity of good decision making. Critical thinking helps us to find any flaw, if it exists, in our decision making process and helps us to reach a better outcome by eliminating those flaws. 

Read this article and learn how to improve your critical thinking skills.

7 Social Media Marketing Tips For Your Business

Published: 17/09/2015

So, you have just started your dream business and are clueless about how to project your business socially? How do you make your life long business more popular amongst your target audiences?

Here are a few social media marketing tips to help get your business on the global platform and reach your target market successfully.

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Is multitasking a positive or negative activity for your children?

Published: 16/09/2015

How often have we observed children glued to their smart phones or personal digital assistants while watching TV or doing homework? Often they do so in the name of ‘learning’. Blame the generation or technology, children including adolescents are shuttling between gadgets almost all the time and are becoming too used to the notion of ‘multitasking’. In this increasingly digital era there has been a rise in the younger generation multitasking due to the ease of access to information and social hubs via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. However is multitasking a benefit or a hindrance to your daily life?

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Using Excel's Sumproduct to pick and amalgamate data

Published: 06/08/2015

What's the best way to pick and amalgamate data from a table in Excel?

Sometimes finding the simplest and most effective solution is trickier than it seems. Make your life easier by following Financial Training Associates' expert tips!

10 digital marketing tools to try for your business

Published: 02/07/2015

The digital marketing landscape is fiercely competitive, and being successful is highly dependent on your ability to learn from past efforts, correct mistakes and focus on what works.

Easier said than done. Luckily, however, the number of tools available to measure, track and improve your marketing efforts continues to grow. Here are just a few you should try out.

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7 signs you're not responding well to change

Published: 02/07/2015

Change is a difficult thing to deal with no matter where and when it happens. But resenting change and reacting negatively will only complicate your life (whether personal or professional) further.

Are you displaying any of these tell-tale signs of resistance to change? Learn to recognise the warning signals and act before it's too late!

How to improve your emotional intelligence at work

Published: 02/07/2015

Employers now seek much more than technical expertise in those they hire. Among the soft skills they look out for, emotional intelligence is always likely to be among the top three.

Learning to read and recognise emotions isn't easy, but if you don't have time for a full course, why not try these quick ways to train yourself on-the-job?

Top five reasons to get into compliance

Published: 02/07/2015

Compliance may not be the sexiest sounding profession, but it is a crucial and increasingly valued function that organisations know they need to invest in to avoid costly mistakes.

So why not think about getting into compliance? David Robson from International Compliance Training (ICT) outlines his top 5 reasons for joining the profession.

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The most annoying office personalities

Published: 26/06/2015

Offices are fragile ecosystems where co-habitation requires a delicate balance of professionalism, respect and consideration.

Yet all too often our comfort and focus are jeopardised by colleagues who haven't learnt to do away with a range of quirks and behaviours that drive us completely up the wall. Do you recognise any of these personalities in your office?

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Why you might need Agile Project Management

Published: 25/06/2015

There's a reason why the Agile method has become more and more popular over the years, and not just in the software development industry. Though by no means perfect, Agile resolves many problems commonly encountered in traditional project management, particularly in terms of requirements.

Find out why in this article by Parallel Project Training.

7 tips to improve work-life balance

Published: 24/06/2015

If you’re finding yourself working after work hours and can’t seem to disconnect yourself from your laptop or smartphone to regularly check anticipated e-mails from work while feeling tired almost all the time then you possess most of the attributes of a workaholic.

Read 7 strategies to help you manage the ultimate balance between your job and your life that you have always hoped for.

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Top 5 UK training industry blogs

Published: 22/06/2015

Keep up-to-date with developments in training trends with these 5 premiere UK blogs that will keep you informed on educational technology breakthroughs, learning and development research, and the constantly evolving best-practice for developing employees.

Each of these blogs has unique insight to offer - whether you're working in learning and development as an HR professional, deliver training, or take a keen interest in your professional development.

Top 20 skills employers look for in a Team Leader

Published: 17/06/2015

Looking for a Team Leader job? Findcourses.co.uk has crunched the numbers and collected the most requested skills for anyone aspiring to work as a Team Leader - in any sector - in the UK.

Find out what employers are after and make sure your CV and interview show you have what it takes to beat others to that  position.

10 skills to improve while you're bored at work

Published: 08/06/2015

Bored at work? Many would envy you for it, but you're probably not having the best time. So don't sit there idle twiddling your thumbs - get a bit creative and take the chance to learn something new or develop an existing skill.

Here are 10 suggestions that will cure you of your boredom but also help you grow both personally and professionally.

8 tech terms worth knowing

Published: 04/06/2015

Interacting with the tech department is a tricky but necessary part of many professionals' day-to-day.

Are you tired of drawing a blank every time you do? Here are 8 important tech terms that can help make your next interaction that little bit easier.

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6 tips to help you save money on training

Published: 03/06/2015

Training is by now accepted as a necessary part of employee development, but can be a difficult commitment to honour when budgets are tight.

The key is learning how to save in the right places. Follow these 6 tips to ensure you develop your employees in the most cost-effective way possible.

How to build a culture of learning in your organisation

Published: 29/05/2015

Want to keep your team motivated and engaged? Findcourses.co.uk gives you some tips to help you build a learning culture in your organisation.

Find out how to encourage your employees to try learning at work, inspire your team and help them develop in their roles.

10 reasons why you should run apprenticeships in your organisation

Published: 22/05/2015

With the UK Government increasingly emphasising the need for young people to develop the skills they need succeed in the workplace, apprenticeships have become a primary area of focus.

But while the benefits are fairly clear from the apprentice's point of view, what can an organisation hope to achieve with an apprenticeship programme? Here are the top 10 benefits as outlined by key industry players.

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The difference between coaching and mentoring

Published: 21/05/2015

Today's focus on the individual isn't limited to our personal lives; increasingly, companies recognising the need to cater to their employees' individual needs have begun to use coaching and mentoring as means of helping them develop.

But how do coaching and mentoring differ, and how are organisations using them in practice?