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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.
18 Jul 2017
Itching to do something new? Rest assured that you are not alone: according to recent research, up to 75% of UK employees applied for a new job in 2014.
It can be a daunting prospect, but as long as you are prepared for the leap, there is no reason why you shouldn't succeed.
Though the pace of modern business continues to increase, sometimes you just need to stop and ask yourself: what is the purpose of this action or task?
Report writing is no exception. Business documents need to facilitate decision-making, and you can make sure you achieve this goal by following some simple but effective writing principles.
Networking is a key aspect of business, but approaches to networking (much like communication styles) can vary quite significantly depending on the person and the event.
Some are "Social Butterflies" that crave the spotlight, others are more detached "Business Card Collectors". Which are you?
Delivering a good presentation requires excellent content, structure and technique, but also the ability to handle nerves and convey information with confidence.
It's not easy, but knowing a few tricks of the trade is a great place to start. In this article, Philip Moon of ProSeminar International emphasises the importance of good preparation and a positive 'inner-dialogue'.
Everyone is talking about MOOCs these days. As completely open courses attracting hundreds of thousands of users from across the world, many are wondering just how big they can get.
But is the MOOC a rising star or just a one hit wonder? Here are some key facts to help you make up your mind.
Skills are key to ensuring that individuals are able to reach their personal and professional goals, while helping businesses attract the talent they need. But what happens when jargon makes it nigh on impossible to understand what a person is able to do so? The Plain English Campaign tells Findcourses.co.uk about their quest to tackle 'qualification confusion'.
Each year, Findcourses.co.uk matches training providers with companies looking to organise some kind of taster session or learning activity as part of their Learning at Work Week celebrations.
After matching art supplies company Cass Art with training provider Leadership in Action, we caught up with trainer Graham Field for his views on the event.
No one talks much about netiquette anymore. But with the pace of modern business steadily increasing, the temptation to "cut corners" or simply pay less attention to our digital behaviour can be pressing too.
Not to worry though: we've compiled our top 10 rules of email etiquette for anyone needing a little refresher.
Business revolves to a large extent around relationships, and relationships require effective communication to be built.
But different countries and cultures have different values that will affect how they communicate, making misunderstandings hard to avoid. So what are the key traits to consider when interacting with different cultural groups?
Maintain eye contact, get your numbers straight and play to win.
These are just some of the things that can contribute to a successful salary negotiation that helps you achieve the result you are after, without ruining your relationship with your boss.
Do you strive to work with staff who are driven and motivated to succeed? As a manager, you have the potential to make a big difference when it comes to influencing attitudes in the workplace.
Here we present the 7 top factors that will influence your ability to motivate your staff.
Virtually all businesses are digital these days. There are few that can afford not to be. But that doesn't mean that digital marketing is easy, or that you can just scrape by without dedicating time and effort to developing a strategy that works.
Here are 5 "musts" for anyone serious about making their digital marketing reap real results.
We already told you how you should think, talk and act during your salary discussion. But what about what you shouldn't do?
Here are the top 5 things that are bound to get you in trouble.
Protecting personal & company data isn't just about having the right infrastructure - it's about individuals developing awareness of how to deal with cyber threats on a daily basis.
With this in mind, here is a 4-step guide to protecting yourself against email phishing, developed by expert security training provider KeyStone Learning Systems.
Management skills are important, and there's always been a strong focus on equipping managers with the skills to give effective feedback to their teams, improving performance without creating friction or negatively affecting morale.
But what of team members who need to give critical feedback to their managers? Here is our guide to the dos and don'ts for the non-managers among you.
Online and distance learning courses are a convenient and cost-effective way to focus on your professional development, but only if you take full advantage of what they have to offer.
Here are a few practical tips to make sure you get the return you are after on your training investment.
What is the real significance of workplace learning and development, and what responsibilities do companies have when it comes to developing their staff?
Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning, explains how both companies and individuals can benefit from learning in the workplace.
Financial services firms in the UK are, understandably, closely monitored and regulated by a dedicated entity: the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
But that doesn't mean that individuals are off the hook. Financial advisers need to be qualified to perform the role they are given with an FCA-approved qualification. Here are 4 things you didn't know about this process.
Professional development should be a focus year-round, but it is no secret that busy professionals are often unable to prioritise training over more immediately necessary work-related tasks.
Summer can seem like an odd time to focus on training (or just about anything), but we have 5 reasons that prove the opposite.
When it comes to leadership, there are reams and reams of theory for ambitious managers and leaders to refer to. But what's it really like to lead a team, or even a whole company?
We met with Stephen Elon when he was CEO of Nokia and asked him to give us his thoughts on what good leaderships look like.