Further your career skills with online classes from the comfort of your home.
Although Texas is beginning to return to business as usual, many career events and classes have either been delayed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As for the classes still occurring, many individuals are looking for virtual alternatives to continue practicing their social distancing preferences.
If you fall into this category, we have gathered a few great resources and virtual events so you can continue improving your career without leaving your home.
Here are 10 online classes that will help you learn valuable, new skills to boost your career growth.
1. An Entire MBA in 1 Course by Chris Haroun on Udemy
This bestselling Udemy course covers everything from launching a company to analyzing finances, networking, acquiring investors, and more. Although this set of online classes is primarily aimed at start-ups, the topics it covers make it ideal for any career professional working in a business management setting.
2. The Complete SQL Bootcamp 2020 by Jose Portilla on Udemy
Data science and analytics is an in-demand technical skill, and SQL is one of the top programming languages for analyzing expansive databases. This SQL course is very beginner-friendly and makes for a great introduction to using SQL for querying and performing data analysis at a very comfortable level.
3. Management Skills: New Manager Training in Essential Skills by Lawrence M. Miller on Udemy
New and seasoned managers alike will benefit from this course. You’ll learn new techniques for motivating employees through empowerment, discover how to lead high-performance teams and handle conflicts with ease, and adopt lean management problem-solving practices. This course also touches on how to give teams under your management the skills to boost their own productivity independently.
4. Become a Product Manager by Cole Mercer and Evan Kimbrell on Udemy
If you’re new to product management or are looking to switch your career to product management, this course is for you. You’ll learn all facets of a product management position, including how this role differs between different types and sizes of companies, communication skills needed, new technologies, and more. This is a very in-depth course that’s loaded with insider tips.
5. Visual Thinking: Drawing Data to Communicate Ideas by Catherine Madden on SkillShare
If you’re looking for online classes that are equally fun as useful, this deep dive into functional drawing and design communication is right up your alley. Primarily designed for professionals in marketing and creative fields, this course teaches you how you can clearly communicate your ideas through an engaging, artistic approach.
6. Presentation Essentials: How to Share Ideas That Inspire Action by Simon Sinek on SkillShare
Whether you love giving presentations or they leave you with a knot in your stomach, after this course, you’ll feel a renewed sense of confidence. This popular course is short but highly impactful with tips on how to master public speaking, design TED talk-level presentations, and get your message across in a memorable, energetic fashion.
7. Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization by the University of California on Coursera
Project management is a vast field of study, one you can never learn too much about. This course, presented by Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP, teaches you how to define specific project scopes, write a professional project plan, create a work schedule and budget, and implement it all. You’ll also learn how to identify risks before they happen and how to manage risks if they do come up during implementation.
8. Leading People and Teams Specialization by the University of Michigan on Coursera
This specialization is a series of four courses, including how to inspire and motivate individuals, manage talent, effectively influence team members, and lead a team. You’ll end this course with finely tuned communication skills and the ability to manage a team with an eye toward employee performance and long-term retention. Presented by the University of Michigan, the instructors in this course promote the Michigan Model of Leadership.
9. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills by the University of Michigan on Coursera
Negotiation skills are not discussed often enough, despite this skillset being highly valuable in all facets of career success. This course teaches you how to prepare a negotiation strategy, what tactics to use to negotiate successfully, how to create a contract or close the negotiation, and how to evaluate your results afterward. Best of all, the negotiation skills used in this course can help you in all facets of life, from signing on a new client at work to getting a better deal on a new car.
10. Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization by the University of Colorado on Coursera
Communication is another valuable skill that’s impossible to be too good at. Another specialization style program, you’ll find four different courses in this class on business writing, graphic design, successful presentations, and a final communications capstone. If you’re interested in a total refresher course on how to communicate more effectively at work, this one is an excellent choice.
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