7 Practical Courses To Make You Valuable In Any Industry, With Some As Short As 1 Day To Save Leave

Practical short courses

“Upskilling” is a buzzword that’s been drilled into the back of our minds in the past couple of years. After all, it never hurts to learn something new in a competitive job market. But with work and adulting taking up most of our days, finding the time to do it tends to take a backseat. 

Of course, when there’s a will, there’s a way. For those who’ve got a day or two to spare, these practical short courses will be your saving grace. Not only that, these Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses will help you stay relevant in your field.

P.S. All these courses are also eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

1. Find out how to impress customers

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Problem-solving is an essential skill in every workplace. If you’re looking to create that next big thing, your first step without a doubt would be to understand the issues consumers face in their day-to-day lives. 

If you’re looking to take a page out of Grab’s book to kickstart your own super app, Design Thinking for an Innovative Workplace will impart skills and frameworks to help you think from a customer’s POV. This way, you’ll learn to develop solutions that’ll help solve your customers’ problems. 

Design Thinking for an Innovative Workplace
Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
Dates: 26th Sep 2022

Find out more about Design Thinking for an Innovative Workplace

2. Engage your target audience through storytelling

Content creation is kind of like the underdog of big companies. It may not be a company’s main business, but digital content has the potential to make or break how customers engage with a brand, product, or service. 

Take a break from your deskbound role in marketing or business development and get behind the camera with Crafting Your Digital Stories. It’s a hands-on course that’ll give you the lowdown on storytelling skills and the usage of visuals and audio to aid in your business development goals. Not to mention, you could pick up a new videography hobby in the process.

Crafting Your Digital Stories
Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
Dates: 21th Sep, 30th Nov, 7th Dec 202

Find out more about Crafting Your Digital Stories

3. Understand the needs of employees to be a better leader

For those managing a team, Training Needs and Skills Gap Analysis will develop the talents and skills of your subordinates. From identifying the skills and competencies needed for different job roles to prioritising training efforts, you’ll be able to align the learning and development of your team with your company’s objectives.

To achieve this, you’ll need to be familiarised with Training Needs Analysis and Skills Gap Analysis to fairly and accurately suss out the strengths and weaknesses of your employees and identify the training needs of the team. To follow up, you’ll learn to develop training recommendations and craft learning plans that are sure to impress both superiors and subordinates.

Training Needs and Skills Gap Analysis
Duration: 2 days, 9am-5pm
Dates: 19th-20th Sep, 10th-11th Oct, 17th-18th Nov, 14th-15th Dec 2022

Find out more about Training Needs and Skills Gap Analysis

4. Generate more clicks and traffic to your site

Be it food recommendations or things to do in the area, everything is just a search away these days. But if let’s say you own a small clothing business or even a multi-chain business, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) experts will ensure your website shows up at pole position when customers start to search for new trendy outfits.  

To get started, the 1 Day SEO Fundamentals course will give you the know-how on keyword research and website optimisation to get maximum eyeballs on your content. 

1 Day SEO Fundamentals
Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
Dates: 24th November 2022

Find out more about 1 Day SEO Fundamentals 

5. Improve social media marketing skills to reach more customers

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Creating an Instagram profile and posting content for your new home baking business seems easy enough. But if you’re not getting the clicks you want, attending the Engage Customers Through Social Media course might help. 

From exploring the different types of social media platforms to understanding social media analytics and its benefits, the course is beginner-friendly – whether you’re always up-to-date on the latest viral dance moves or have ever been called a “boomer”.

Engage Customers Through Social Media
Duration: 1 day, 9am-6pm
Dates: 14th Sep, 18th Nov 2022

Find out more about Engage Customers Through Social Media

6. Use data to identify new opportunities

From assigning the best route on your Grab ride to recommending favourite new jams on Spotify, data analytics helps our favourite apps and services unlock a ton of convenience and satisfaction in our lives. 

With Data Analytics for Workplace, you’ll become the go-to guru to decode the stacks of Excel spreadsheets to spot trends and patterns. Whether you’re managing stocks and supply chains or figuring out the prime time to publish posts on Facebook and Instagram, this course will help you make sense of endless rows and columns of stats to make strategic decisions.

Data Analytics for Workplace
Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
Dates: 19th Dec 2022

Find out more about Data Analytics for Workplace

7. Learn how to code from scratch

Having a little digital know-how is essential in today’s tech-fuelled world. So, no doubt that being versed in coding will be of use to those looking to gain an edge in their careers. And it’s never too late to learn. No programming background is needed if you want to be able to tackle basic coding projects with Coding For Beginners (Online)

You’ll be armed with easy-to-use programming learning tools, and rest assured you’ll be able to get hands-on with the world of coding.

Coding For Beginners (Online)
Duration: 1 day, 9am-5pm
Dates: 11th Nov 2022

Find out more about Coding For Beginners (Online)

Sign up for lifelong learning courses with NYP

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Whether you’re eyeing that promotion or want to gain extra skills and knowledge to better contribute to your team, there’s a wide range of Continuous Education and Training (CET) courses at Nanyang Polytechnic to upgrade yourself with. 

Ranging from coding and data analytics to digital marketing and social media, these modules can be completed in as quickly as 1 day for a quick addition to your CV. 

These courses also come with certificate of completion from NYP or its CET Institutes such as the Asian Culinary Institute (ACI), National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE) and Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS). You can check out NYP’s course calendar to find one that suits your schedule. 

These short CET courses will help you better understand various industries without investing weeks or even months of valuable time. Apart from providing a solid foundation to advance your career, these courses will also give you the chance to expand your professional network and even get extra insight to kickstart a career switch.

Find out more about NYP’s short courses here

This post was brought to you by Nanyang Polytechnic.



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