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Succeed in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Education & Development

Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end ...

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24 hrs
The economics of flood insurance free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

The economics of flood insurance

This course shows how some of the theories and tools of economics can be applied to understanding and tackling the problem of flood risk in the UK. With the incidence of flooding rising due to climate change, this is an increasingly important policy issue worldwide. You will gain insights into the practical use of economics in a ...

Free course
6 hrs
Gweithio hybrid: sgiliau ar gyfer arwain free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Gweithio hybrid: sgiliau ar gyfer arwain

Bydd y cwrs hwn yn rhoi cyfle i chi adfyfyrio ar bwy ydych chi fel arweinydd hybrid a sut rydych chi eisiau datblygu. Bydd yn eich helpu i ddeall sut i ddangos empathi â'ch gweithlu a sut i addasu eich sgiliau cyfathrebu wrth weithio yn y swyddfa ac wrth weithio o bell. Bydd yn eich annog i ddechrau meddwl sut y gallwch ysgogi eich gweithle i ...

Free course
10 hrs
MSE’s Academy of Money free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

MSE’s Academy of Money

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities the course covers all the key aspects of personal finance in six sessions of study that each take around two hours to complete.

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12 hrs
Building relationships with donors free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Building relationships with donors

Legacy fundraising and big-gift seeking are part of the professional fundraiser's role. This free course, Building relationships with donors, will help you to gain the skills necessary to persuade individuals to become donors. How do you change people's ideas about methods of giving, moving them from casual street donations to regular direct ...

Free course
6 hrs
Making decisions free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Making decisions

Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This free course will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making. Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself.

Free course
4 hrs
Technology, innovation and management free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Technology, innovation and management

Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related concepts, ideas and debates. It adopts a broad definition of innovation and subscribes to the view that a fundamental feature of any ...

Free course
10 hrs
Social marketing free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Social marketing

Never before have social issues been more at the centre of public and private debate. From concerns about sustainability and the future of the planet to the introduction of smoking bans, there is a growing recognition that social marketing has a role to play in achieving a wide range of social goals. This free course, Social marketing, examines ...

Free course
8 hrs
Making sense of mental health problems free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Making sense of mental health problems

Over the past century there has been a radical shift in responses to people who experience mental health problems. In this free course, Making sense of mental health problems, you will learn about how key perspectives in the field have made sense of mental health problems. By directly relating key perspectives to a case study, you will reflect ...

Free course
10 hrs
Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing

Introducing your Midlife MOT. Your midlife years – that is, when you’re between about 40 and 60 – will probably be a very hectic time indeed. You might have ended up in a challenging job, or you might be working hard to get one. You could be looking after the kids, your parents or maybe both. Maybe you’re putting time and energy into a whole new...

Free course
4 hrs
Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing

Everyone needs a place they call home and housing costs are usually your largest outgoing. Many aspire to buy, but rising house prices, while good news for existing owners, put homeownership beyond the reach of others. This free course, Rent or buy? The challenge of access to housing, addresses some of the most important decisions that ...

Free course
8 hrs
Understanding your customers free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Understanding your customers

This free course, Understanding your customers, is a short introduction to understanding customers. The course underlines the relevance of understanding customers as individuals, members of society and members of organisations. It clarifies some key marketing concepts and terminology and highlights some differences between consumer and ...

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8 hrs