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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: 18/06/2018

Changes to UK Qualifications 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!

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

FCA Professional Development Guide

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

RQF replaces QCF: What you need to know

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.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Professional Training in the UK - FAQs for International Visitors

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

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

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!

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How to win bids and tenders

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.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Jedi Knight Alternatives to Excel’s IF function

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

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

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How To Reduce Project Risks

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Want A Career In HR? Here’s What You Need

If you are looking for a career in HR but are unsure as to what you need to get noticed, you’re in the right place. There are numerous different roles that fall underneath the broader umbrella of Human Resources, but there are a few things that will certainly help to push your CV to the top of the pile.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

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

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Authoritarian leadership: Cases For and Against

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How to Manage a Project Schedule with a Gantt Chart

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Have a successful job interview and land your dream job!

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

10 Financial concepts you should be familiar with

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How To Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills

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.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

7 Social Media Marketing Tips For Your Business

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Using Excel's Sumproduct to pick and amalgamate data

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Training technologies in oil & gas and beyond

"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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

10 digital marketing tools to try for your business

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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U.K. L&D Report: 2018 - Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy

Are you curious about the L&D strategies of some of the U.K.'s top companies?

Find out what they're up to in findcourses.co.uk's first annual U.K. L&D Report!

UK L&D Report

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