For those in entry-level jobs, it is always important to find ways to increase professional skills. There are plenty of services – some free, some paid for – that offer professional resources online. Below are five examples of services that provide opportunities to increase professional skills; these are skills that college graduates need to demonstrate in order to be successful in their job search. Lifelong learning is a concept that college graduates need to embrace in order to succeed in the working culture of the 21st century.
1. Mindtools.com: Mindtools provides a whole toolkit of essential skills, from problem solving and critical thinking to improved communications and creativity.
2. The Open University: The Open University offers several free mini-courses in subjects like leadership and management, business thinking, and managing relationships.
3. Inc.com: Inc.com provides a range of articles encompassing a plethora of topics that build professional skills, including an in-depth look at a variety of communications issues, from verbal to written, text, and email, as well as presentation skills and constructive criticism.
4. The American Management Association: This is another excellent resource that includes free webcasts on a wide variety of business-related topics, and it is one that college graduates who have ambition to reach management level should explore.
5. Thinkwatson.com: Watson Glaser is the standard in critical thinking assessments. If college graduates have not yet undertaken a Watson Glaser critical thinking test as part of their interview process, it is likely that they will at some point in their job search be required to do so. It is worth researching the test beforehand to ensure you pass it.
All of these are terrific resources to help you continue learning and develop as a professional in today’s competitive business world.