Hands up if one of your resolutions was to learn something new this year?
OK, so we can’t make sure you stick to your ‘New Year, New You’ mantra, but we can give you over 40,000 courses to choose from – and all of them are guaranteed to boost your skills in 2020.
To help inspire you, here are just eight new things you should definitely learn this year:
Learn how to manage projects
Project management roles are widespread in almost every industry, from construction right through to finance, with their prevalence only expected to increase as time goes on.
And there’s no better place to start than PRINCE2® – AKA, the official benchmark for anyone looking to start or develop a career in project management.
The PRINCE2® Foundation course is the perfect way to get started, which is available entirely online, and provides a solid introduction to essential principles of PRINCE2®. What’s more, you could have it under your belt in less than 50 hours, with the next two levels (Practitioner and Professional) taking just a few more days to complete.
Not only is it considered a prerequisite by employers in the industry, PRINCE2® qualified Project Managers have a higher earning potential, access to global opportunities, and the ability to carry out their role more effectively.
Perfect for: People who are good at getting other people to do stuff.
Not only are Excel skills something that everyone should have, the Microsoft programme is also one of the most widely used in the world – whether it’s relied on to analyse data, track hours, finances, and invoices, amongst a whole host of other things.
The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Bootcamp will teach you a basic overview of Excel, including how to calculate sums, averages, totals, and cells, along with everything you need to know about learning formulas, pivot tables, and more.
And it’s not all about spreadsheets.
With a number of courses to help you learn everything from basic office admin to how to become a receptionist, broadening your skillset with a qualification could be the best way to boost your employability.
Perfect for: People who hate the paperclip.
Learn about human resources
Let’s face it, a business wouldn’t be a business without HR.
Focusing on all things people related and overseeing all aspects of employment, HR professionals are in charge of making sure all employees are recruited and trained effectively, their files are organised, they receive the right benefits, and are compliant with employment law.
Essentially, if a company had a hall monitor, an HR professional would be it.
And with a wide variety of HR courses to choose from this year, you could be it. Including courses in everything from HR management, payroll, and recruitment, to training, leadership, and employment law, there’ll be something for you in 2020.
For example, this CIPD accredited Level 5 HR Management course provides an in depth and comprehensive look into HR, allowing you to excel in HR Management roles. They’ll even throw in unlimited support from a CIPD tutor. What’s not to like?
Perfect for: Hall monitors.
Learn to code
When it comes to current, lucrative, and in-demand skills, coding is one of the best. And what better time to learn than right now?
Not only is an ability to code something that’s expected of the future workforce – it’s also becoming a part of everyday life.
But if Ruby only makes you see red? Don’t panic. Many coding courses are designed for beginners with no previous experience of coding.
This Full Stack Web Developer course in particular is a great introduction to the field, teaching you the core foundations of software and web development, web design, SQL, HTML, Python and web applications.
Trust us, this type of Python is nothing to be scared of…
Perfect for: People who want to speak in code.
Learn how to hack
OK OK, but hear us out. If you do it this way, you won’t get arrested.
That’s because you’d be hacking for good – protecting servers everywhere and keeping organisations’ important information secure. You’d be an online vigilante. A crime fighter of the world(wide) web. A modern day Superman, some might say.*
To help you fulfil your 2020 dreams of pursuing (or developing) a career in cyber security – we have a number of courses in all areas of the field, no matter what level you’re at.
This Premium Cyber Security Collection is the perfect choice for anyone with a basic grasp of cyber security, who are looking to gain expert skills and knowledge through a whole host of industry recognised qualifications – such as CompTIA, CEH, CISM, and more.
Or, if you’re looking to specialise in ethical hacking, the Cyber Security Professional course provides the perfect balance of cyber security and IT learnings, blending the most sought-after cyber security certifications (e.g. CPEH) with some of IT’s leading certifications (e.g. CompTIA).
Perfect for: People who want to use their powers for good.
Sage is one of the world’s most popular accounting programmes.
Used by over six million customers all over the world, it’s a vital part of many businesses – from start-ups all the way through to large multinational corporations.
This makes knowledge of it essential for anyone looking to get ahead in the field of accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll. And with a number of Sage courses on offer, 2020 could be the year you start studying.
This Accounts Assistant – Sage Training course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of bookkeeping and VAT, with topics including everything from invoicing and bank reconciliations to preparation of accounts and working with spreadsheets and journals.
You’ll also benefit from a blend of academic and practical training, helping you to utilise your skills in a work based setting.
So what are you waiting for? Start studying Sage now.
Perfect for: People with a head for numbers.
Looking to get ahead in accounting? Look no further than AAT.
If you’ve got a head for numbers and an interest in doing the maths (literally), a career in accounting or bookkeeping is for you. But you won’t get very far without becoming a part of the UK’s leading professional membership body.
Awarding around 90% of vocational qualifications in accounting, AAT are the industry standard for proficiency in the profession. This means getting qualified won’t only improve your career prospects and earning potential, it’ll also make you better at your job.
AAT is split into four key levels, with Level 2 an ideal starting point for those looking to break into the industry.
For example, this AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting includes AAT membership, and delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering double entry bookkeeping, basic costing, and using accounting software.
Perfect for: People who want to get certified.
Learn about business
Business skills are essential across a wide range of industries, from marketing and advertising to finance and accounting.
This makes a qualification in it extremely valuable. Not only will you learn about how an organisation works and what your audience wants out of a product or service, you’ll also develop your communication, negotiation, and strategy skills.
And since business is so broad, there are a number of courses to choose from. Whether you want to learn about business administration, business communication, business management, business ethics, or any other specialism.
But if you’re looking for something more holistic, try a degree that’s accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This Business and Management BSc is perfect for anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of all areas of business and management.
Because it’s 100% online and can be studied part-time, you’ll even be able to make it work around your other commitments.
Perfect for: People who want to making learning their business.
*No one will say this.
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