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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
Last updated: 18/03/2016

7 ways to motivate your staff

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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Last updated: 30/03/2016

How to succeed in digital marketing

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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Last updated: 17/03/2016

5 things you shouldn’t do during your salary negotiation

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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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Data security: avoid email phishing in 4 steps

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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Last updated: 30/03/2016

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

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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Last updated: 30/03/2016

The keys to making distance learning a success

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.

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Last updated: 18/07/2017

Why workplace learning is a win-win endeavour

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

4 things you didn’t know about becoming FCA qualified

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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Last updated: 17/03/2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Develop Your Skills in Summer

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.

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Last updated: 18/07/2017

Leaders on leadership: Stephen Elon speaks to FindCourses

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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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's first annual U.K. L&D Report!

UK L&D Report

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