Tech Skills

10 Skills Your Employees Need in May 2018

Scott Rogers

Senior Director of Content at Udemy

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Tech Skills

May 29, 2018

Each month, Udemy for Business adds ~100 new courses to help your employees prepare for what’s next. Here’s a look at some of the new courses that will help employees stay up to date on emerging technologies and the latest soft skills:

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1. Plotly and Dash

Founded in 2012, Plotly is a leading open source tool for composing, editing, and sharing interactive data visualization via the Web. Plotly launched Dash in June 2017, a user interface library for creating analytical web applications. Built for those who use Python for data analysis, data exploration, visualization, modelling, instrument control, and reporting, Dash makes it easy to build complex apps with many interactive elements. Before Dash, apps like these would require an entire team of engineers and designers to create.

To help Data Science teams learn about Plotly and how to leverage Dash, Interactive Python Dashboards with Plotly and Dash is a definitive course that illustrates how to create interactive plots and intelligent dashboards with Plotly, Python and Dash. This course, featuring 9.5 hours of on demand video, is ideal for those looking to take their Python skills to the next level in data visualization. Best-selling Udemy instructor Jose Portilla has taught over 570,000 students on Udemy and provided in-person training for leading companies like General Electric, Cigna, the New York Times, Credit Suisse and more.

“Excellent course, very helpful and insightful. I have done enough courses now that I am up to doing my own projects ready to start building my resume towards my Data Science Career. I have done several courses in Data Science already but was getting a little stuck on where to go next as there are so many advanced topics available to choose from. I’m really glad I chose this course as my next step as it has been really helpful.” — User Review

2. Time Management

With the average worker wasting 8 hours a week on non-work activity while in the office, effective time management is essential to ensure productivity in the workplace. Productivity Machine: Time Management & Productivity Hacks taught by Patrick Dang and A Mini Course on Time Management taught by Brandon Hakim are two brand new courses on Udemy for Business that help employees develop strategies to avoid distractions, set actionable goals and become more productive.

With over 18,000 students, Patrick Dang is a sales and communications expert and speaker based in Los Angeles. Popular soft skills instructor Brandon Hakim has over 100,000 students on Udemy and is dedicated to helping students become more productive and make a lasting impact on the world.

“Simple yet profound. I’m so glad I took the course. I expect to see great changes in my day to day productivity by applying these ideas. Brilliant! Thank you. =)” — User Review

3. CompTIA Security+ Certification

Created in 1993, CompTIA is a provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications that measure different knowledge standards from entry-level to expert. CompTIA certifications help to train and identify qualified, knowledgeable employees and match them with employers.

Mike Meyers, an industry leading authority on CompTIA certifications and best-selling tech Udemy instructor with over 81,000 students, recently published CompTIA Security+ Certification (SY0-501): The Total Course. With over 19 hours of video content, this course covers everything you need to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, including technologies and tools, architecture and design, risk management, cryptography and more. Meyers also published CompTIA Security+ Cert. (SY0-501): Practice Tests, which provides 3 full practice exams that mimic the real CompTIA exams to help prepare learners for test day.

“I am tremendously enjoying the training materials the instructor makes the lessons interesting, he articulates the material clearly, concisely, and emphasized the significant information you need to memorize before taking the exam. In fact, I am looking forward to completing the entire training videos course and sit for the exam before the end of 2018. Thank you!” — User Review

4. Leadership

Leadership is undoubtedly one of the most valuable soft skills needed in business to motivate teams, effectively work cross-functionally, and gain buy-in for strategic projects and initiatives. To help individuals develop effective leadership skills, Day-to-Day Leadership That Gets Results is the ideal course for new project managers, individuals looking to succeed in leadership, and technical or functional employees who have not yet developed the craft of leadership.

With over 25 years of experience, Udemy instructor and author Dr. Mike Clayton leverages his experience as a senior manager at international consulting firm Deloitte to help individuals identify what they need to succeed in their role, understand and choose an effective leadership style, and give motivating and developmental feedback to achieve results.

“It was very good for me… taking into consideration that each individual has tasks with various cultures, applying different styles of leadership is crucial.” — User Review

5. Cybersecurity

Data security is top of mind for many individuals and companies, particularly with GDPR recently going into effect and increasing pressure on large companies to rethink their data handling practices. It’s more important than ever for professionals to understand the risks and vulnerabilities around their data, and how to protect it. We recently published 26 brand new courses from Mentor Source, a team of subject matter experts, consultants and bestselling authors, on various topics within cybersecurity, including:

  • Breaking Down Cloud Security

  • Cyber Security While Traveling

  • Importance of Identity Protection

  • Mobile Device Security

Professionals of all levels who want to understand data security, keep their internet connections and data private and how to avoid vulnerabilities across devices would benefit from these courses.

“Great coverage of common terms in cyber security. The demo was very good, putting several terms together in a very understandable way. I like the way Serge explains concepts and look forward to taking other courses by him.” — User Review

6. Citrix Cloud

Developed by Citrix Systems in 2015, Citrix Cloud is a cloud management platform that allows organizations to deploy cloud-hosted desktops and apps to end users. Citrix Cloud – Introduction provides an overview of Citrix Cloud, how to get your Citrix Cloud service configured and begin publishing applications through existing On Premises and services like AWS and Azure.

With over 5 hours of on-demand video, hands-on practices and quizzes, this course is the complete resource for those looking to expand their knowledge of the Citrix product suite. Udemy instructor James Scanlon is a certified EUC and Cloud specialist with over 18 years of IT and business experience.

“James is providing valuable information and insight on how to manage Citrix within the AWS cloud.” — User Review

7. Augmented Reality Portals

Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way we see the world — or at least the way its users see the world. AR engrosses users in real-world environments based on computer-generated simulations and sensory modalities including sight, sound and even smell. Apple launched ARKit as a tool to build AR experiences for hundreds of millions of users on iOS 11. ARKit blends digital objects and information with the environment around you, allowing users to experience apps and the real world in entirely new ways.

To help individuals learn how to build their own AR “experiences,” Augmented Reality Portal using Apple ARKit framework for AR provides an overview of how to create interdimensional portals using ARKit by Apple. Taught by AR developer Parth Anand, this course teaches many concepts required to build an advanced AR app, including how to create a portal, detect horizontal planes, import 3D modeling assets, and how to make your own assets with Xcode.

“Great tutorial. Explained every line of relevant code clearly so I understood what each element was doing. Got the application to run on my phone without any major issues.” — User Review

8. Windows Presentation Foundation

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a UI framework created by Microsoft that allows individuals to create desktop client applications. The WPF development platform supports a broad set of application development features, including an application model, resources, controls, graphics, layout, data binding, documents, and security. It is a subset of the .NET Framework.

With over 18 hours of on-demand video, Windows Presentation Foundation Masterclass is a comprehensive resource for learning how to use WPF to build and access powerful REST services and create your own cloud services through real world applications. This course is taught by popular tech instructor Tim Buchalka, a software developer with over 35 years of experience and over 300,000 students on Udemy.

“Great course and a brilliant instructor! I had been looking for a book or a course on WPF for a few weeks now, but never found the right one. Really nice time for this particular course to appear, so I snapped it up the second I saw it. I’m two full projects in (just starting the third) and really enjoying the content. I feel like the instructor’s approach to the material will make it useful to students of all experience levels.” — User Review

9. Python, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet. Originally devised for the digital currency, Bitcoin, the tech community is now exploring other potential uses for the technology. (For more on blockchain, see Don’t Get Disrupted: Blockchain Skills Your Business Needs for Success.)

Python is one of the most popular programming languages because it’s easy to learn and versatile. It allows you to build a broad variety of programs including web applications, desktop applications, utility scripts and can be leveraged within data science and machine learning. To help individuals learn these trending skills, Learn Python by Building a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency is the ideal resource to understand Python from the ground up by building your own basic blockchain and cryptocurrency. This course offers over 17.5 hours of on-demand video and 224 supplemental resources, and is taught by best-selling tech instructor Maximilian Schwarzmüller who has nearly 300,000 students on Udemy.

“Great instruction and content quality, really recommend the course for everybody who wants to understand Python or Blockchain.” — User Review

10. Investment Banking: Private Equity 101

A core investment banking skill required by Wall Street analysts, private equity is composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies or engage in buyouts of public companies. It can be used to fund new technologies, make acquisitions, or strengthen a balance sheet and provide more working capital.

Investment Banking: Private Equity 101 is a brand new course on Udemy for Business that provides an overview of the core concepts within private equity, how private equity funds are raised and financed, and how to understand a private equity deal funnel. Instructor John Colley has over 25 years of investment banking experience, has advised hundreds of companies on strategy, fundraising and mergers & acquisitions and has over 60,000 students on Udemy. This course is ideal for entrepreneurs and investment banking analysts who want to broaden their knowledge about private equity, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and entrepreneurship.

“Excellent introduction and overview. The professor tackled a complex topic and explained it with great clarity. Outstanding!” — User 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.

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