6 free courses to transform your soft skills in the workplace

From working in diverse teams to using effective communication, these six courses have been specially selected by the Chevening Alumni team to help you improve your soft skills in the workplace.

Ask any Chevener who has been successful in their career, and most of them will tell you that soft professional skills are just as important as technical knowledge in the workplace. With this in mind, we’ve curated a selection of free, online courses to help you upskill in effective communication, interpersonal relations and more.

 1. Diploma in Interpersonal Skills

Alison | 10-15 hours of learning

This course will guide you through various techniques for improving your interpersonal skills in the workplace. Learn how to be more assertive to communicate effectively, offer creative solutions, and overcome social anxiety to establish productive interpersonal relations. Earn a certificate upon completion.

2. Leading With Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training)

edX | 4 weeks of learning 1-2 hours per week

All too often, we struggle to communicate effectively—particularly with others who are different from us in some way. This course will show you how the most effective communication utilises the inclusive leadership mindset of Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility and guide you on how to use that mindset yourself. Through research and real-world examples, you will learn strategies to enhance your communication skills.

 3. How to Use SMART Goals: Achieve More in Less Time

Udemy | 30 minutes of learning

This course will teach you how to achieve more in less time. By learning how to use SMART Goals you will gain a concise, structured method to help keep you motivated and on track.

4. Working in Diverse Teams

The Open University | 24 hours of learning

This course will help you consider your experience of working in teams and the different roles you play in them. It will increase your confidence in marketing this key skill to employers as well improve your ability to perform well in teams you are currently part of.

5. Succeed in the Workplace

The Open University | 24 hours of learning

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, then this free course, ‘Succeed in the workplace’, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job – getting to know yourself and what you value are the foundations of your career planning.


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