25 Personal Development Courses in 2021
Posted on 01/05/21 By Brittany K. King
Self-improvement is the common theme among New Year’s resolutions this year as people commit to personal development at home and in the office. In fact, nearly one quarter of Americans have committed to improving their job performance in 2021.
Personal development courses help you improve your capabilities, build human capital, increase employability, and even helps you grasp your ambitions. As with any type of learning, personal development is a lifelong endeavor and not something that can be achieved overnight.
We compiled a selection of on-demand and upcoming live personal development online courses to help you kickstart your learning journey this year.
Below are the 25 best personal development courses to take in 2021:
Time Management & Productivity
Poor time management and wasted productivity are common challenges in the modern workplace. According to Salary.com, 31% of workers waste about 30 minutes of their time every workday, while the top 10% of those surveyed waste three or more hours each day. This adds up to more than 15 hours per week of wasted productivity.
To combat this, the average person has tried or uses 13 different methods for managing their time. However, this only contributes to the issue at hand.
Improving time management and increasing productivity are important personal development skills to acquire in your career.
Software & Technical Capabilities
Learning new technical capabilities should be at the top of your list of personal development skills to learn.
But what are the benefits of gaining better capabilities with popular software? According to a study by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 67% of “middle-skill” jobs require proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Similarly, a basic understanding of content management systems (CMS) is becoming more important in today’s workforce. WordPress, for instance, is the most popular CMS on the market and currently powers more than 35% of the web.
Communication & Critical Thinking
Communication is key, which is why 75% of employers believe there should be a stronger focus on written communication skills at the college level to prepare workers to communicate properly throughout their careers.
Additionally, 93% of employers say that a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is important.
Communication and critical thinking skills are in high demand and crucial to your personal development efforts.
Wellness & Growth
There is a strong link between your personal wellness and your professional life. Put simply, if you are stressed or unwell at home, it will almost certainly be reflected in the office.
Learning to manage work demands and mitigate stress should be high priority for your personal development in 2021.
Looking for more courses like the ones above? Check out our list of the top 50 Professional Development Courses.
Brittany K. King
Brittany is the content marketing specialist for Lorman. Her background is in content strategy and social media marketing. Brittany has worked in an array of industries, ranging from consumer packaged goods to insurance and (of course) continuing education services.
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