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Get ahead with soft skills

Get ahead with soft skills

This week is learning at work week in the UK. But making sure you have the right professional skills is important wherever you’re based. So how good are your soft skills? These aren’t the specialist skills required in your role that you might already have (for example coding or writing) these are skills that are…
2020 – The Year of the Hub

2020 – The Year of the Hub

Initially I was going to write about my forecasts for 2020. Then I realized that the post would mainly focus on one major trend that will impact the space in such a way (good, I believe), and thus as a result, decided to hold off on my forecasts for 2020 – until Oct. As part…
5 useful tips and tools for social learning

5 useful tips and tools for social learning

FutureLearn’s Head of Community, David Thair, shares his top five tips for getting the most out of our social learning features. At FutureLearn, learning through conversation is important to us. That’s why you can leave comments and have a conversation on almost every step of our courses. Just scroll to the bottom of a step,…
How to craft the perfect work email

How to craft the perfect work email

The first email (or ‘e-mail’) was sent by a computer engineer called Ray Tomlinson in 1971, sadly, the content of this message is lost to history. In 2017, 169 billion emails were sent every day, according to Statista. Many would agree that email writing is an essential skill in today’s working world. And because it’s…
Five ways online learning can help your career path

Five ways online learning can help your career path

Online learning offers value at any stage of your career. Whether you’re just starting out in the working world or seeking a promotion to a higher position, online learning can improve your marketability to employers and prove your passion for your role. What do professionals in recruitment and learning and development think about online learning?…
Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

The other day, I was thinking about Apple. I remember the days of the Macs in the 90’s. While they were a software company – operating system wise, they also sold hardware.  Then, they sold mp3 devices.  Next, came iTunes, which went from just music to e-books, movies and eventually podcasts.  Wait, oh, yeah, iCloud. …
How can healthcare professionals improve the lives of women with PCOS?

How can healthcare professionals improve the lives of women with PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition affecting women in their childbearing years. It increases the risk of diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, and endometrial cancer. PCOS is a common cause of infertility and it causes symptoms that can be very difficult to deal with, such as acne and hair growth in body…
Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

“Everyone has ADHD nowadays, don’t they?” When you talk with the general public about ADHD, one of the first things peoplemention is how common it is “nowadays” and cite figures like 20% of all boys in the USA being diagnosed with ADHD. In the UK, things are quite different. ADHD diagnosis rates are around 1%…
What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

Long before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in c.570 CE, the word Sharia was commonly used by Arabic speaking communities on the Arabian Peninsula and in the wider region. The origins and development of the term Sharia are subject to debate, but it seems to have been well known. For example, Arab Christian communities…
What is money?

What is money?

Money itself is changing. Debates about the money form – who issues it and how we use it – have found new shapes in the digital economy.  The emergence of a cashless society and the fascination with cryptocurrencies are both altering how we use money and what we know it to be. Yet it’s far…

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