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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

Bad attitudes and responsibility-shirking: the most irritating work behaviours revealed

Published: 13/11/2015

Findcourses.co.uk research investigates different sources of irritation in the workplace, finally shedding light on the behaviours that make managers and employees tick.

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Authoritarian leadership: Cases For and Against

Published: 28/10/2015

An authoritarian leadership style is used when a leader manages strategies and techniques, chooses what objectives are to be accomplished, and coordinates and controls all exercises with no significant cooperation by the subordinates. Read this article to discover the pro's and cons of this leadership style.

Topics: Management
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How to Manage a Project Schedule with a Gantt Chart

Published: 23/10/2015

A Gantt Chart is one of the many tools available to project managers and has been in use (in its present form) for decades. It is a simple way to display and monitor project tasks, their inter-dependencies, their deadlines, changes to tasks and important milestones. There are many more sophisticated tools available to a project manager but this basic tool is the perfect opportunity to get to grips with the techniques and skills required to manage a project schedule without getting bogged down in the functionality of a more complex software tool, which may add little to a project manager's fundamental skill set.

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Have a successful job interview and land your dream job!

Published: 16/10/2015

Getting a job interview can be a long and frustrating process that requires a great amount of dedication and time. That's why you want to make sure your hard work pays off when you finally get that magic opportunity to shine in a one-to-one conversation. Read this HR Manager's tips for succeeding landing your dream job!

Topics: Career Tips
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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.

Topics: Finance
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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.

Topics: Marketing
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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!

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Training technologies in oil & gas and beyond

Published: 05/08/2015

"We all learn in different ways and providing choice will help to support learning for the individual."
Mark Houston, Operations Director of training company Nautilus, talks with Findcourses.co.uk about how new technologies can support skills development in the Oil & Gas industry and beyond.

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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.

Topics: Marketing
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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.

Topics: Career Tips , Finance
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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.

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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.

Topics: Career Tips
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The value of Learning at Work Week: a first-hand account

Published: 24/06/2015

Getting employees engaged in learning can be difficult, but Learning at Work Week (LAWW) provides an ideal opportunity for organisations to put learning in the spotlight.
Bryony Maud, L&D Coordinator for the World Duty Free Group, describes her first experience of LAWW and gives tips on how to organise a successful event.

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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.