Online course

Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking

Learn how to build and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities.

This course is part of the Business and Finance Fundamentals and Business Fundamentals programs, which will enable you to master this subject in depth.

Build your network and personal brand, online and in the real world

Networking is a fundamental skill, which will help you take control of your career. This online course introduces the principles of networking, to help develop your personal brand in the world of work.

You will craft and get feedback on an elevator pitch about your role and talents. You will learn how to analyse the value of your connections, whether you are seeking a new job or to be more effective in your current role.

You will also find out how to create and manage your digital presence for networking on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

What topics will you cover?

  • Nature and benefits of networking
  • Barriers to networking and how to overcome them
  • Frameworks for self-assessment and communicating professional strengths and interests
  • Interpersonal skills including giving and receiving feedback, listening and using appropriate body language
  • Online communication in a professional context
  • Fundamentals of brand equity as applied to individuals
  • Monitoring, evaluation and planning for improving the mutual value of networking activity

Academic credit

If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. The start dates of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available here.

Who is this accredited by?

EOCCS: This course is accredited by EOCCS, the first international quality benchmark for online courses in business and management education.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 18 February 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply the principles of effective networking
  • Improve your impression-management skills in a professional context
  • Develop your analytical and prioritisation skills
  • Identify, select and use online tools to enhance your digital presence
  • Develop the potential of your personal brand

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone looking to enhance and develop their professional network in order to open up opportunities and strengthen their professional relationships. The course does not require any previous experience of studying networking.

For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website.

Who will you learn with?

Terry O'Sullivan

Lead educator on Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking. Before becoming an academic Terry's marketing career spanned fast-moving consumer goods, the arts, and the non-profit sector.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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