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Professional Development Articles

Professional Development Articles


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 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

5 Networking Styles You'll Recognise Next Time You Take a Course

Published: 26/11/2014

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?

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Presenting with Confidence – Handling Presentation Nerves

Published: 25/11/2014

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'.

Much aMOOC about nothing?

Published: 25/11/2014

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.

The need for plain English in education & training

Published: 20/11/2014

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 about their quest to tackle 'qualification confusion'.

Topics: Qualifications
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Giving Cass Art a taste of leadership training for LAWW

Published: 21/10/2014

Each year, 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.

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10 email etiquette rules to remember

Published: 17/10/2014

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.

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Cross-cultural communication: what to expect

Published: 17/10/2014

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?

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9 tips to getting the salary you want

Published: 17/10/2014

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.

Topics: Career Tips
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7 ways to motivate your staff

Published: 17/10/2014

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.

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How to succeed in digital marketing

Published: 02/10/2014

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.

Topics: Marketing
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5 things you shouldn’t do during your salary negotiation

Published: 30/09/2014

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.

Topics: Career Tips
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Data security: avoid email phishing in 4 steps

Published: 29/09/2014

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.

Topics: Technology
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Roles reversed: the dos and don’ts of giving feedback to your manager

Published: 24/09/2014

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.

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The keys to making distance learning a success

Published: 15/09/2014

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.

Why workplace learning is a win-win endeavour

Published: 15/09/2014

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.

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4 things you didn’t know about becoming FCA qualified

Published: 26/08/2014

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.

Topics: FCA , Finance
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5 Reasons Why You Should Develop Your Skills in Summer

Published: 02/06/2014

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.

Leaders on leadership: Stephen Elon speaks to FindCourses

Published: 02/07/2013

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.

Topics: Leadership
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