FutureLearn and Coventry University launch free career skills course

Produced for the Nesta CareerTech Challenge, the new course from FutureLearn and Coventry University Online has been designed to help learners upskill for their chosen career paths, or to seek a new job.

‘Career Skills for the 2020s: Navigating the Online World of Work’, now available for enrolment, is aimed at individuals without degrees, and who are at risk of redundancy, have been recently furloughed, or have been made redundant.

The course focuses on soft skills such as communication, emotional intelligence and resilience, alongside the digital skills needed to work online.

The programme also explores what makes a successful online presentation, and how to write a CV and cover letter.

Learners can take advantage of an automatic free upgrade, which grants unlimited access to the course content and a printable digital certificate upon successful completion, due to the course being sponsored.

In addition, participants can assess strengths, weaknesses and the skills they will need, alongside expert progression coaches, student experience officers and a global network of fellow learners.

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“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the Nesta CareerTech Challenge, working with FutureLearn and the Behavioural Insights Team to produce a course that will really make a difference to people’s lives,” said Tara Hawes, project lead for the Nesta CareerTech Challenge at Coventry University Online.

“Designed to improve learners’ digital capabilities while practicing soft skills like communication and problem solving, this course is truly unique in that it specifically illustrates how these skills are important when working online, empowering learners to find a job or take their current role to the next level.”

Catalina Schveninger, chief people officer at FutureLearn, commented: “At FutureLearn, our mission is to transform access to education. In today’s jobs climate, where many are still facing uncertainty around present and future career paths, being able to readily gain job-relevant skills is more vital than ever.

“That’s why we’re excited to partner with Coventry University Online to develop this expert-led course that we hope will reach millions of learners as they adapt to this digitally-driven future of work.”

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Aaron Hurst

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