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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: 24/04/2019

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: 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: 06/08/2019

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: 10/12/2019

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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Last updated: 29/08/2019

PRINCE2, APM or PMI? | Choosing project management qualifications

Many current and aspiring project managers wonder which project management qualification will give them the best chance of reaching their career goals: PRINCE2, APM or PMI?

The truth is that there is no one-size-fits all answer. We explore the advantages of each qualification and explain the factors you need to consider in order to make the best choice.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

CMI vs. ILM: which one should you go for?

There will be few managers out there who haven't heard of the ILM and CMI - they both enjoy reputations that have made them well-known and well-respected across the globe.

So which one has the qualification that's right for you and your career goals and dreams? Choosing won't be easy, but this article presents some key facts about both bodies that may help you decide.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Unlocking the Value in Your Training Budget with Training the Trainer

Internal training and knowledge-sharing are key to organisational success, but training doesn't come naturally to everyone - trainers need to develop a specific skillset in order to succeed.

And that's why Training the Trainer courses can help you unlock more value for your organisation than you ever thought possible. Melanie Windle, trainer for sales and business training company MLP, explains how.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

3 Predictions for the Learning & Development Sector in 2015

In order to counter the UK's growing skills gap, Learning & Development departments will need to find new ways to encourage & engage staff in training that will allow them to stay competitive in their markets.

But how will they get there? Nick Fernando, Head of Content at Filtered.com, explains why adaptivity, simple complexity and bottom-up content curation will rule the roost in 2015.

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Last updated: 27/01/2015

Business Writing Skills - How to Improve 'Readability'

In order to be effective, a document doesn't just need to be well-written and contain useful information - it needs to be readable.

Readability is affected by a number of different factors including punctuation, paragraph structure and layout. Follow ProSeminar's top tips to make sure you find the right balance and get your documents read!

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Starting your own business: why do it?

If you've been doing the same thing for too long and feel like you need to make a clean break, why not consider a change to a career as an entrepreneur?

Starting your own business will require a lot of hard work, but there are some perks that can make the journey seriously worth your while.

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Last updated: 09/03/2018

7 worrying symptoms of a weak organisational culture

Is your culture ready for change? Do you innovate enough to be ahead of your competitors? Is your staff 100% committed to your business vision and mission?

Discover the worrying signals and make the changes that can strengthen your corporate culture and inspire your team to grow.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Health & Safety incentive schemes: the case for and against

It isn't just about compliance: promoting an effective health & safety culture in your organisation requires motivating employees to change their behaviours for the better.

Are incentive and reward schemes a good way to achieve this? In this article, we set out the case for and against, with views from leading industry professionals. 

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