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Skills4Jobs Employability Skills

Vital skills that every employer is looking for

  1. Carolyn
    Employability skills are the "Soft" skills recognised in today's job market as being crucial if you are looking to gain employment, and more importantly to succeed in that job. These soft skills which are often lacking in traditional education are among the most required talents according to Oxford Economics' Report "Global Talent 2021. " They include relationship building, critical thinking, problem solving and communication to name a few. Being able to demonstrate that you have acquired these skills, your employability will drastically improve.

    Soft skills fall into 4 main categories: Interpersonal skills, Communication skills, Critical thinking and Leadership ability.

    MoocLab has selected some of the best MOOCs available from the top MOOC platforms which cover topics in these fields.

    Interpersonal skills

    Interpersonal skills are behind effective team work, customer satisfaction, successful negotiation, decision making, efficient time management and overall constructive interaction with others in a working environment. These skills combined with relevant task-specific skills and knowledge will make a job candidate extremely attractive to a potential employer.

    Relevant course topic areas: Negotiation - Decision Making - Problem Solving - Empathy & Building Rapport

    Recommended MOOCs: (The following MOOCs have been selected by MoocLab based on their positive reviews and good ratings by past students as well as the quality of the provider. The content of all these courses is free)

    Negotiation

    The Art of Negotiation
    • Coursera, University of California Irvine
    • Self-paced
    • Subtitles available in English, Spanish
    • 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    • Certificate available

    Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
    • Coursera, School: University of Michigan
    • Self-paced
    • This course is also available in Spanish and Portuguese
    • Subtitles available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Ukrainian
    • 8.5 hours of videos
    • Certificate available

    Decision Making

    Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division
    • Coursera, University of Maryland
    • Scheduled course
    • 7 weeks of study
    • 1-3 hours/week
    • English
    • Certificate available

    Unethical Decision Making in Organizations
    • Coursera, University of Lausanne
    • Scheduled course
    • 7 weeks of study
    • 2-5 hours/week
    • English
    • Verified Certificate, Statement of Accomplishment

    Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • edX, DelftX
    • Self-paced
    • 40 hours
    • English
    • Verified certificate available

    Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World
    • FutureLearn, University of Groningen
    • Scheduled
    • Duration: 6 weeks
    • 6 hours pw
    • Certificates available

    Problem Solving


    Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • edX, DelftX
    • Self-paced
    • 40 hours
    • English
    • Verified certificate available

    Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
    • Coursera, University of California Irvine
    • Self-paced
    • Certificate available
    • Subtitles available in English
    • 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes

    Empathy & Building Rapport

    Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
    • FutureLearn, Monash University
    • Scheduled course
    • Duration: 6 weeks
    • 2 hours pw
    • Certificates available
    • English

    The Science of Happiness
    • edX, UC BerkeleyX
    • Scheduled
    • 10 weeks
    • Effort: 8 weeks of material, 4-5 hours/week; midterm exam; final exam
    • English
    • Verified Certificate available

    Communication Skills

    Good communication skills, including verbal, non-verbal and written, are very much in demand with employers. The ability to speak and write clearly and concisely with a wide variety of people as well as the ability to listen are essential skills if you wish to climb the corporate ladder within an organization.

    Relevant course topic areas: What is Communication? - Verbal & non-verbal Communication - Effective Speaking - Active Listening - Giving and Receiving Feedback

    Recommended MOOCs: (The following MOOCs have been selected by MoocLab based on their positive reviews and good ratings by past students and the quality of the provider. The content of all these courses is free)

    Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
    • Coursera, University of California Irvine
    • Self-paced
    • Subtitles available in English, Vietnamese
    • 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    • Certificate available

    Corporate Communication
    • Saylor.org
    • Self-paced
    • 119 hours
    • Statement of Accomplishment
    • English

    How to Read Your Boss
    • FutureLearn, University of Nottingham
    • Scheduled
    • Duration: 2 weeks
    • 3 hours pw
    • English
    • Certificates available

    Introduction to Public Speaking
    • edX, University of Washington
    • Scheduled course
    • 10 weeks
    • Effort: 3-5 hours/week
    • English
    • No certificate available

    High-Impact Business Writing
    • Coursera, university of California Irvine
    • Self-paced
    • Subtitles available in English
    • 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    • Certificate available

    Critical Thinking Skills

    Employees with effective planning and organizational skills can save an employer’s time and money, making them more desirable to employ. Critical thinkers can also devise more efficient ways of working leading to a more productive and effective outcome for the employer.

    Relevant course topic areas: Critical Thinking - Commercial Awareness & Assertiveness - Decision Making - Problem Solving - Negotiation

    Recommended MOOCs: (The following MOOCs have been selected by MoocLab based on their positive reviews and good ratings by past students and the quality of the provider. The content of all these courses is free)

    The Science of Everyday Thinking
    • edX, University of Queensland
    • Self-paced
    • 12 weeks
    • Effort: 2 hrs/week
    • English
    • Verified certificate available

    Critical Thinking in Global Challenges
    • Coursera, University of Edinburgh
    • Scheduled Course
    • 1-2 hours/week
    • English
    • Português, Nederlands, English & Español subtitles
    • Certificate of accomplishment

    Logical and Critical Thinking
    • FutureLearn, University of Auckland
    • Scheduled course
    • Duration: 8 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • Certificates available
    • English

    Philosophy and Critical Thinking
    • edX, University of Queensland
    • Scheduled
    • 4 weeks
    • Effort: 1 - 4 hours/week
    • English
    • Verified Certificate available

    For MOOCs on Decision Making, Problem Solving & Negotiation, see “Interpersonal Skills”
    Leadership skills

    The ability to demonstrate leadership skills is vital if you are looking to find a senior position or gain promotion with a current employer. A person may be an expert in a certain field, but without leadership skills will struggle to climb the corporate ladder. A good leader will demonstrate self-confidence and the ability to work effectively in a team, show good judgment and respect of others’ thoughts and opinions.

    Relevant course topic areas: Leadership - Strategic Thinking - Time management

    Recommended MOOCs: (The following MOOCs have been selected by MoocLab based on their positive reviews and good ratings by past students and the quality of the provider. The content of all these courses is free)

    Inclusive Leadership Training: Becoming a Successful Leader
    • edX, Catalyst
    • Scheduled
    • 4 weeks
    • Effort: 1 - 1.5 hours/week
    • English
    • Verified certificate available

    Project Management: The Basics for Success
    • Coursera, University of California Irvine
    • Self-paced
    • Subtitles available in English, Vietnamese
    • 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    • Certificate available

    Better Leader, Richer Life
    • Coursera, Wharton University of Pennsylvania
    • Scheduled course
    • 3-8 hours/week
    • English
    • English subtitles
    • Statement of Accomplishment

    Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce
    • FutureLearn, University of Reading
    • Scheduled course
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • 4 hours pw
    • English
    • Certificates available

    Introduction to Strategic Thinking
    • Canvas Network
    • Scheduled course
    • 3 weeks
    • No certificate

    Model Thinking
    • Coursera, University of Michigan
    • Scheduled course
    • 10 weeks of study
    • 4-8 hours/week
    • English
    • Português, English, Español, Türkçe, 中文 & Yкраїнська мова subtitles
    • Statement of Accomplishment

    Effective Time Management - Get 10X More Done in Less Time
    • Udemy
    • Self-paced
    • 1 Hour
    • English
    • Certificate available


    Coursera also run a Specialization course designed to equip learners with employability skills:

    Career Success

    (Certificate available)
    Topics covered in this program include:

    - How to use project management tools and techniques to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close projects
    - How to increase personal and professional productivity through time management
    - The importance of finance and interpretation of financial information
    - Successful management techniques and the five functions of management
    - How to choose appropriate problem solving and decision making methods and processes
    - How to create a plan of action for any negotiation
    - Appropriate business language and how to adopt an effective business writing style to produce error-free and well formatted communications

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