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10 Skills Your Employees Need in August 2018

Scott Rogers

Senior Director of Content at Udemy

July 31, 2018

According to a Pew survey, 87 percent of Americans believe it will be necessary to develop new skills throughout their career to keep up with changes in the workplace. To help employees keep up with change and prepare for what’s next, Udemy for Business adds hundreds of new courses each month on the latest technical and soft skills. Here’s a look at some of the latest trending topics added to the Udemy for Business collection.

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Technical Skills

1. CompTIA Pentest+

Released in July 2018, the CompTIA Pentest+ certification is a new intermediate-level exam focused on the technical, hands-on details of the cybersecurity field, including how to emulate a cyber threat, infiltrate a secure network architecture, and conduct a penetration test against your organizational networks.

Geared towards security analysts and network security managers, CompTIA Pentest+ (PT0-001): Complete Course & Practice Exam is the first comprehensive course that provides learners with an understanding of how to plan and scope an assessment, understand compliance requirements, and perform vulnerability testing. With over 20 years of experience, top-selling Udemy instructor Jason Dion is an expert in information technology and cybersecurity and has taught over 46,000 students on Udemy.

“Jason Dion has demonstrated tremendous knowledge of the topics and has been able to explain them in a very straightforward method. His preparation and work on his videos are impeccable and professional. I cannot say enough good things about them. His work on previous courses was instrumental in me passing another certification exam (CySA+) and I fully expect this will help me in passing PenTest+.” — Course Review

2. iOS 12 and Xcode 10

With 1.2 billion iPhones sold in the past ten years and 2 million apps in the App Store, Apple has one of the largest and most engaging mobile platforms. iOS 12 is Apple’s latest operating system, currently in beta and set to release in Fall 2018. Xcode 10 is the integrated development environment used by developers around the world to create applications for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

The 10 Day iPhone App Bootcamp – NEW iOS 12 and Xcode 10 provides over 10 hours of on-demand video and is the most up-to-date course on everything developers need to prepare for and build applications on the latest Apple software. Top-selling Udemy tech instructor Nick Walter has taught nearly 100,000 students on Udemy and has published 27 courses on mobile and web development across iOS, Android, Django, Python, and more.

“I’m currently studying software engineering in university but am looking to learn some iOS development on my own. I have pretty solid fundamental programming knowledge, and I’ve watched a few videos on some iOS stuff in the past. I must say however, I absolutely love the way the material is delivered in this course. This dude is an awesome instructor.” — Course Review

3. ServiceNow

ServiceNow is a trending cloud-based IT service management tool that consolidates IT services and infrastructure through a single cloud-based platform. It specializes in IT services management (ITSM), IT operations management (ITOM), and business management (ITBM) and is used by over 4,400 enterprise companies around the world.

ServiceNow guru and Udemy instructor Mark Miller has worked on hundreds of ServiceNow projects and recently published ServiceNow Certified Administration For Beginners and The Complete ServiceNow System Administrator Course (2018) to help developers understand how to administer a ServiceNow instance, learn how to create custom applications and advanced customizations on the ServiceNow platform, and prepare for the ServiceNow certified System Administrator exam.

“This course has amazed me, the instructor is so very clear and precise in his explanation, videos and demo—that this course surpasses all my expectations. Even an absolute new admin can take this course and become versatile—highly recommend this instructor.” — Course Review

4. Logistics and supply chain

Logistics and supply chain management are critical components of organizational success, and play an important role in fulfilling customer demand, managing inventory, reducing costs, and meeting company objectives.

Taught by Knowledge Tree International, an educational team focused on professional development, Logistics and Supply Chain Fundamentals provides an understanding of the fundamentals of logistics and supply chains, including topics like how logistics works, product distribution, transportation management, inventory control, and more.

“The course helped me develop a holistic idea of the Logistic Business and its integration with various business functions namely Supply Chain, Warehousing, or Distribution Channel hand-in-hand. This course touches on almost all the relevant aspects of Logistics and is a good course to start with if you are looking for developing base in the field.” — Course Review

5. RxJS 6

RxJS (Reactive Extensions for JavaScript) is a library for reactive programming that makes it easier to compose asynchronous or callback-based code. RxJS 6 is mostly used in Angular apps, and with the launch of Angular 6 in May 2018, is now a mandatory dependency and required skill among developers programming in Angular.

To help developers keep up with this essential skill, we’ve recently added RxJs 6 In Practice to the Udemy for Business collection. With over 26,000 learners, best-selling tech instructor Angular University covers the essentials of how to leverage the RxJs library through practical examples, understand the subset of RxJs Operators, and build applications in a reactive style.

“This course covers topics that I simply cannot find elsewhere, and to a depth that no others seem to be able to go with all that Angular can offer. I LOVE the practical side of the most common use-cases which lets you quickly gain knowledge of things you’ll use every day.” — Course Review

6. Artificial intelligence and neural networks

Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience and perform human-like tasks. Though the term was officially created in 1956, AI has become more popular today thanks to increased data, advancements in computing, and increasingly complex algorithms. Examples of AI in action include self-driving cars, smart personal assistants, and spam filters, all of which rely on neural networks and deep learning.

To help developers understand key concepts across artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning, Artificial Intelligence 2018: Build the Most Powerful AI by Holczer Balazs and Artificial Intelligence II – Neural Networks in Java by Hadelin de Ponteves and Kirill Eremenko are two hands-on courses on Udemy that break down these complex topics and provide learners with the opportunity to practice through real-world examples and supplemental resources.

Holczer Balazs currently teaches over 70,000 learners on Udemy and works as a simulation engineer at a multinational company. Best-selling Udemy instructors Hadelin de Ponteves and Kirill Eremenko are Data Science and AI experts and collectively teach over 600,000 learners on Udemy.

“That course was really good. It explained the formulas intuitive, the course was easy to follow, you can see the results really fast. The code is reusable and the explanation good, so that you can transfer the knowledge on to other problems. I loved the checkpoints. They structured the course very well and helped correcting small errors fast.” — Course Review

Soft Skills

7. Women in leadership

Leadership is a critical business skill needed to succeed in the workplace and helps create positive work environments, resolve conflict, and motivate teams to achieve business objectives. With more and more women taking on leadership roles, Succeed, Influence and Inspire as a Woman in Leadership is a great resource for women looking to gain tools to elevate their career, gain new positions as leaders, understand how to handle and manage stereotypes, lead others with confidence, and thrive within the corporate culture.

Instructors Life Progression Project and Lorraine Wiseman have collectively taught over 110,000 learners on Udemy and bring over 25 years of experience leading multinational companies.

“This is a great course. It goes over ways to maintain your composure in challenging situations. It goes over different scenarios and how to take the best course of action as a leader. It is definitely a great compass to guide you to becoming and keeping your leadership values intact.” — Course Review

8. Business etiquette

Business etiquette and social skills are a key component for professional success and are applicable across all roles and professional levels. Business Etiquette 101: Social Skills for Success provides a comprehensive and hands-on guide to building trust and connection with colleagues and clients, mastering conversation with confidence, and managing your online professional brand.

Udemy instructor Kara Ronin is an executive coach and has been featured in TIME and Business Insider and was voted one of the Top 100 Leadership Experts to follow on Twitter.

“Kara teaches us everything we didn’t learn in business school—how to move from shallow to deep conversations, what to wear and how to speak in job interviews, how to connect with strangers, and so much more. This should be a required course for any entrepreneur or business person. She’s thoughtful, clear, and engaging.” — Course Review

9. Facebook and Instagram marketing

Every day, there are more than 1 billion users using Facebook and 1 billion using Instagram! With this massive network of engaged users, there is an incredible opportunity to extend your business’ reach across these social channels.

Geared towards growth leaders and marketing managers seeking to maximize their advertising spend and presence on Facebook and Instagram, The Complete Facebook Marketing Masterclass and The Complete Instagram Marketing Masterclass 2018 are two resources that help learners understand how to strategically target the right users, generate and grow sales, and build their brand and community online. Top-selling Udemy instructor Diego Davila has taught over 146,000 learners on Udemy across 35 courses.

“Diego is very knowledgeable and has a passion for us to learn and apply the concepts. The course takes us from the beginning and step by step moves us along the way to become experts on Facebook. If you are looking for a Facebook course with strong content, I highly recommend it.” — Course Review

10. Navigating difficult conversations

Running into difficult people in both your professional and personal life is inevitable. Some may be overly critical, fail to follow through on commitments, talk over others during meetings, or may try to undermine you. If left unaddressed, these situations will only get worse.

Taught by mediation expert Barry Winbolt and Skill Boosters, a team of soft skills coaches, Tactics for tackling difficult people in life and work will help learners identify the common types of difficult behavior, leverage active listening skills for effective communication, understand how to separate thoughts from feelings, and stop situations from escalating.

“Easy to follow and applicable to many work and life situations. Enjoyed the simple strategies provided and clear instruction on how to apply those strategies.” — Course Review

Scott Rogers is the Senior Director of Content at Udemy for Business, where he manages, curates, and ensures that our platform’s learning content is always fresh, engaging, and relevant. He has been in the professional education publishing space for more than 20 years. Previously, Scott was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at McGraw Hill Education.

Udemy for Business is a learning platform that helps companies stay competitive in the digital transformation of the workplace by offering fresh, relevant, and personalized on-demand learning content, curated from the Udemy marketplace. Our mission is to help employees do whatever comes next—whether that’s the next project to do, skill to learn, or role to master. We’d love to partner with you on your employee development needs. Get in touch with us at business@udemy.com

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