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When we think of the term professional development, we automatically associate it with business managers and other leaders. However, professional development is an ongoing form of learning that will help you at any stage of your career.

The benefits of professional development

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking to take the next step up the ladder, a professional development course can help boost your skill set. It can teach you some of the fundamental skills needed in your professional life or build upon those you already have.

Different industries may update at different rates - with digital skills requiring frequent updates but the central requirements of a management role may not change as quickly. Regardless of your career focus, you will need to update your skills and knowledge throughout your career.

Along with the benefits of the course itself, you’ll find many positives that come with taking a professional development course online.

Because of the flexible nature of online study, you can manage your schedule to fit around the rest of your life. So, you don’t have to go to early morning classes or take time away from your family in order to update or upskill.

Choosing the right professional development course

We offer a variety of professional development courses to cater to learners across a range of industries and career stages. These vary from the introductory courses to more in-depth reviews of industry developments or leadership styles.

For example, a course on essential skills for your career development covers several of the essentials of the subject.

On the other hand, a microcredential on research methods goes into much more detail within a specific industry and skill set.

Professional development training is something that can benefit you at any stage of your career. With the range of material on offer, you’re sure to find a study area that’s relevant and beneficial to you.

Professional development qualifications

FutureLearn’s professional development courses offer students the chance to take on shorter segments of learning.

Typically taken over a few weeks, they can give you a solid foundation to build on.

If you’re craving a more detailed look at a particular area of professional development, you may want to consider taking a program. These generally take longer to complete, as they’re comprised of several courses. You can find programs offering both professional and academic accreditation, depending on your requirements.

For those seeking a highly detailed level of learning, a microcredential or degree may be the best solution.

Microcredentials can give you credits towards a degree, as well as boost your existing skills.

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