Poll: Free Skills for startups

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Microsoft is offering these 10 free courses. You will get a certificate of completion. The courses are available on this link https://opportunity.linkedin.com/skills-for-in-demand-jobs

These 10 jobs were identified as having the greatest number of job openings on LinkedIn, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a livable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.

If you are interested in updating your skills, we can start with one of the ones relevant to finances and entrepreneurship on Monday, 1st August.

  1. Software development: foundations of programming for software development.
  • Fundamentals
  • Databases
  • Web development: full stack and front end
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Java
  • C#
  • SQL
  • Web security

2. Sales – 8 lessons (I think everyone should learn how to sell)

  • Asking great sales questions
  • Handling objections
  • Negotiation
  • Closing strategies
  • Selling with stories

3. Customer service

  • Making your customers feel valued
  • Building a rapport with customers
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting
  • Communicating with upset customers
  • Handling abusive customers
  • Positive conversations with challenging customers
  • Managing customer’s frustration and your own frustration
  • Chat and text-writing skills

4. Digital marketing

  • Building a successful online marketing campaign
  • Online marketing techniques
  • Google analytics essentials
  • Search engine optimization (SEO): Keyword planning, link-building, SEO for eCommerce
  • Google Ads (Adwords)
  • Content marketing
  • Social media marketing (using Facebook and Instagram to cultivate brand awareness, drive sales and build customer loyalty)
  • Email and newsletter marketing -creating email marketing campaigns to bring in more customers

5. IT support/help desk qualification (this prepares you for the CompTIA A+ certification exam) – another good skill to have

  • Hardware basics, safety, communication & professionalism
  • CPU, RAM
  • Hardware: components, devices, processes
  • Installing and configuring essential storage and peripheral devices
  • Display technologies: monitors, graphic cards, projectors
  • Physical networking basics: LAN, WAN, hubs and switches; cables and connectors
  • Essential wireless networking: Working with DNS, configuring routers, etc
  • Internet and the cloud: broadband connections, VPNs, key virtualization concepts

6. Graphic design

  • Crucial skills, tools, techniques
  • Concepts and software skills: image editing, logo design, layout in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • How to create attention-grabbing designs using layout and composition
  • Typography: selecting and using type for impact; spacing and alignment
  • Colour palettes, manipulating colours in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, fixing colour problems
  • Photoshop basics: improving colour and tone, layers, masking, selections, retouching, adding text, etc
  • Creative collaboration

7. Financial analysis

  • Strategic planning
  • Financial accounting basics: how to prepare, read & analyze financial statements
  • Building financial models
  • Analyzing and visualizing cash flows using Excel
  • Using Excel spreadsheets to track sales, inventory or household budgets
  • How to create forecasted financial statements: income statements, balance sheets, statements of cash flow
  • Using financial ratios to monitor your progress
  • Managerial economics: Using economics to make better business decisions, strategize, and solve business problems such as demand, competition and pricing

8. Data analysis

  • Unlock the power of the data your company/business has
  • Speaking the language of data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Power BI essentials
  • Tableau
  • Statistics

9. Project management – 8 lessons (another great skill to run)

  • Essential project management skills
  • Building a project plan and managing progress
  • Managing project requirements
  • Schedules: managing scheduling conflicts, shortening timeframe, reducing costs
  • Managing project budget
  • Team management
  • Communication plan, managing meetings, writing reports
  • Microsoft Project 2019 software

10. IT administration (This will prepare you to take Microsoft certificate exam at subsidized cost)

  • Understanding networks
  • Physical networks: Ethernet, cabling and switches
  • TCP/IP basics, applications, security
  • Wireless, cloud and mobile networking
  • Building a real world network

The courses are available on this link https://opportunity.linkedin.com/skills-for-in-demand-jobs

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