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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

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.

Topics: Career Tips , Finance
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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: 18/06/2018

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.

Topics: Career Tips
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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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Top 20 skills employers look for in a Team Leader

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.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

10 skills to improve while you're bored at work

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.

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Last updated: 18/03/2016

8 tech terms worth knowing

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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Last updated: 17/03/2016

6 tips to help you save money on training

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.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

The difference between coaching and mentoring

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?

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

10 qualifications you can go global with

In a highly globalised and inter-connected world, progressing in your career and landing that dream job may increasingly require you to relocate to a different city or country.

The question is: do you have the qualifications that will help you stand out from the crowd in the eyes of international recruiters?

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

How to define project scope

Projects vary massively in terms of size, complexity, industry and a number of other factors. Yet there is one key principle that impacts the likelihood of success of any project: the definition of the project scope. Without it, failure will inevitably be around the corner.

The good news is: you can make sure you define scope effectively with these tips from Parallel Project Training.

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Last updated: 18/03/2016

8 common 'top-up' careers

Whether it's to find an outlet for your creative passions or to earn a little extra cash to spend on your personal interests, many professionals these days choose to "top-up" their primary careers with secondary positions in what are often completely unrelated fields.

Here we reveal some of the common (and a few of the more unexpected) combinations.

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Last updated: 18/07/2017

Training and skill development in the oil & gas industry

With technological advancements being made every day and the price of oil a constant concern, how are the training needs of oil and gas companies evolving? More importantly, how are training providers adapting to this trend?
Gary Nichols, MD of Nautilus, gives his view on historical and current trends in a complex and changing industry.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Gain an APMP qualification by building on your PRINCE2® skills

If you already have a PRINCE2® qualification and practical experience in project management, you may well think this is enough to last you for your whole career.

But the truth is that no project management approach is perfect, and exploring new methodologies can bring you significant benefits. With many overlapping areas, stepping into the APMP arena can thus be a highly rewarding and relatively pain-free process.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Finding the power in your communication

Power gravitates towards those who communicate well. But communication is about more than choosing the right words - it's about appearance, tone of voice, body language and the kind of impression you are ultimately able to make.

The good news is that you can teach yourself to be a better communicator: all you need is a good dose of self-reflection and a few tricks of the trade.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

6 ways to make the most out of an L&D event

Industry events provide a lot of potential for HR and L&D practitioners to develop fresh ideas, discover new products & services and generally get inspired to achieve more in their workplace.

But it's easy to get lost at large conferences like Learning & Skills and the CIPD Show, particularly when you're attending for the first time. Here are 6 tricks to stay on track and make the most of these events.

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Last updated: 30/03/2017

Learning and Skills Exhibition and Conference

Arrange a meeting with our team   |  Register for the 2017 Exhibition Learning and Skills 2017, co-located with Learning Technologies 2017 is Europe's leading showcase of workplace learning and development. And it continues to grow in importance, value and attendance year on year.  With more than 7,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, over 250 exhibitors ...
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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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