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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsTuyen Do: Welcome to Essential Skills for Your Career Development. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years? It can be a common question in interviews. But the answer isn't always straightforward. The modern world of work is changing, and challenges and expectations have changed. There are a number of different approaches to developing a career path today. And you need to understand the tools and skills needed to help you achieve success. Throughout the course, you'll be guided by your lead educator, Jen Rosen. Jen is a Senior Communications Specialist, pitch coach, and filmmaker. She works with global clients in strategic, integrated communications for the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsYou will hear from Jen throughout the course as she coaches you on different aspects of effective communication in the workplace. This course is an introduction to planning for and achieving success in your career. You'll learn how to identify and develop your knowledge and skills, navigate job adverts, and understand interview and application requirements. You'll also learn how to discuss transferable skills and build and utilise your professional networks. You will hear from people who have followed these steps and are moving their career forward in the direction they want. Let's get started.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Essential Skills for Your Career Development.

This course will provide you with the tools and methods that will enable you to find the right career path in line with your vision and goals, and to help you identify your ideal job.

Over the course of two weeks, you will learn ways to identify your goals and the vision that you have for yourself. You will also develop your communications skills to develop a professional network and leverage the wealth of opportunities available in the 21st-century workplace.

Course map and learning outcomes

This course map provides a quick overview of the two weeks ahead.

An image showing the course map – find the full version in the Downloads section

Each week of this course is centred around learning outcomes: statements which express what it is you will be better able to do by the end of the course. They are a useful way of checking on how you’re progressing.

You can revisit steps as you progress through the course so that you feel confident you’re meeting the learning outcomes. As you are working through the steps and activities, you might want to refer back to this step to check your progress against the learning outcomes.

Week 1 covers the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify different modern approaches to growing your career.
  • Explore a roadmap and vision board for your career path.
  • Explain your career vision.

Week 2 covers the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify key individuals, organisations and platforms for your network.
  • Develop communications to engage key leads.
  • Evaluate the impact of your strategy and iterate accordingly.

Accessing this course

You can access this course using a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptop or desktop computers. Exercise steps give you opportunity to try things out for yourself. Accessing these steps using a laptop or desktop will enable you to view the content on a larger screen, which might make it easier to practise and apply your learning.

Every attempt has been made to make this course as accessible as possible. However, there are some activities that may be difficult to access if you use a screen reader device.

Additional learning

If you have a general interest in this topic, you can work through the learning activities in around two hours each week. There is also additional learning available throughout the course which provides more information or links to further reading. Make the most of these opportunities to further your understanding of how the workplace of the future is changing.

You also have the opportunity to check your understanding and spend some time joining the discussions. It’s important that you don’t feel pressured to complete all the elements of the course: your learning journey is individual and you should decide what elements are relevant to your learning needs.

We’re giving you extra benefits for free

All courses within the Digital Skills for The Workplace portfolio are sponsored by FutureLearn. This means you get all the benefits of upgrading at no cost to you, including:

  • Unlimited access to the course: Go at your own pace, with unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

  • Access to tests: Ensure you’ve mastered the material, with access to tests on the course.

  • A downloadable (PDF) Certificate of Achievement: To help you demonstrate your learning, you’ll be able to download and share a Certificate of Achievement when you become eligible.

Unlock an award and evidence your learning

When you Mark as Complete over 90% of steps, and get over 70% in the final course test you will earn a Certificate of Achievement. This personalised Certificate of Achievement and transcript detail the syllabus and learning outcomes, as well as your end of course test score. This provides ideal evidence of your interest in and understanding of this subject. The certificate comes in both printed and digital formats, so you can easily add it to your portfolio, CV or LinkedIn profile.

In addition, by completing all three courses within the Thriving in the Digital Workplace program, you will unlock your FutureLearn Award. This is your own FutureLearn web page exhibiting all of your certificates. You can use this link to demonstrate your learning by sending it to employers or adding it to any online profile on social media.


As you complete the course you may come across terms and references that require further explanation. To help with this, there is a Glossary that you can view and refer to at any point in the course.

If you come across any terminology during the course that is not included in the Glossary, please use the Comments section to ask fellow learners.

Next steps

You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting Progress at the top of the page.

Now that you’ve found out about the course, move to the next step to meet the course authors and introduce yourself to your fellow learners. Don’t forget to Mark as complete.

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