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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: 05/08/2019

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

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: 10/12/2019

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.

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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!

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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.

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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: 22/07/2019

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.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

7 signs you're not responding well to change

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!

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How to improve your emotional intelligence at work

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?

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Top five reasons to get into compliance

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

The most annoying office personalities

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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Last updated: 09/08/2019

Why you might need Agile Project Management

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

7 tips to improve work-life balance

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

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

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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