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University of Leeds

Essential Skills for Your Career Development

University of Leeds via Coursera


Explore professional career development methods to get your career on track and achieve success. This course will help you learn skills for life that would enable you to take your career to the next level. Using planning tools, you’ll identify the right career path for you, establish achievable goals and learn how to achieve them. You’ll learn how to navigate the process of applying for jobs and interviews by getting practical advice from like-minded individuals who propelled their careers forward. You will also consider the importance of transferable skills such as creating the right professional networks and developing soft skills and resilience. This course is one of many, offered by Click Start, a UK training programme designed to help young people develop digital skills. Click Start offers a limited number of scholarships giving free access to young people in the UK. Check the FAQs to see more detail and follow the link to check if you are eligible for free access today.


  • Week 1 - Defining your career
    • In Week 1 you will begin by considering what direction you want for your career by identifying your ideal job. Along the way you will hear from Benjamin Buzense, a fellow student, who will share how he has done the exercises you will be doing throughout the week. You’ll explore the risks and benefits of having a presence online and explore what you can do to improve your online presence or make it more professional. At the end, you will find out how to articulate your career aspirations to mentors, potential employers and at networking events.
  • Week 2 - Growing your career
    • In Week 2 you will focus on building networks and relationships in order to develop your career. You will hear from experts about different approaches that can be taken to do this. During the activities, you will find out how to identify key individuals, organisations and platforms for your network. You will learn about the network effect and you will hear from three professionals about developing your network. You will develop your communications skills in order to engage key leads and receive guidance on communicating across platforms such as LinkedIn, as well as for cover letters and networking events. At the end of the week you will evaluate your career strategy and explore how to use feedback constructively and look at the advantages of continuous learning for career growth.

Taught by

Jennifer Rosen


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  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The content was clear, concise, and packed with valuable information that helped me expand my knowledge in professional career. The interactive exercises made the learning process both informative and enjoyable. This course is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to advance their career.

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