10 free classes that’ll make anyone better (and happier) at their job

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Despite how different our jobs may bewhether were an engineer or a sales rep, work remotely or in an open officewe all have one thing in common: We want to be better at what we do.

Well, reaching success (and, alternatively, being happier) in our careers starts with the right habits. This means learning how to communicate effectively, be a leader, face adversity, work more productively, and start our days off right.

Maybe youre already a pro at some of these but lack others, or could use a refresher on all of them. Either way, these 10 free online classes can help you out.

1. Beginners Guide to Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables, Udemy

Ever heard of a pivot table? If you havent, it could change the way you look and analyze data. And if you have, but dont know how to create them on Excel, this class is for you.Length: 33 minutes/ 15 lectures

2. Personality Types at Work, Coursera

Before you work with people, you need to understand where theyre coming from. In this class, youll get to know your own personality, the weaknesses and strengths of others, and how to use all these newfound knowledge to collaborate and succeed as a team.

Free to audit

Length: 3 weeks/ 3-5 hours a week

3. Concentration and Focus: The Principles of Deep Work, Udemy

Maybe the idea of deep work has been tossed around in your office, or youve come across the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport on the concept. Regardless, youd like to start focusing on projects that matter and avoid unnecessary distractions. This course will help you prioritize and accomplish your best work.

Length: 43 minutes/ 7 lectures

4. Email Productivity: Work Smarter With Your Inbox, Skillshare

We all use emailand we all struggle to keep it from overwhelming us. This simple step-by-step process will help you work faster and more effectively when tackling your inbox, so, as the class states, you can spend more time on more important things.

Free with trial

Length: 44 minutes/ 8 videos

5. 7 Creative Leadership Skills That Drive Change, Udemy

Feeling a creativity lag in your office? Get back on the horse (and help others do it, too) with this class on leadership, forming and fostering a creative space, and encouraging cooperation.

Length: 1 hour/ 23 lectures

6. Presentation Skills Secrets: Delivering the Talk of Your Life, Udemy

Whether you have a big client meeting coming up or are looking to pursue more speaking engagements in your role, this course will cover everythingfrom storyboarding your presentation to understanding your audience to rehearsing.

Length: 2 hours, 50 minutes/ 84 lectures

7. Visual Thinking: Drawing Data to Communicate Ideas, Skillshare

Sometimes, we dont know how to put our thoughts into words. Which is why this class on drawing your ideas will help you better communicate, analyze data, and brainstorm various projects.

Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes/ 13 videos

8. The Truth and Foundations of Natural Confidence and Self-Esteem, Udemy

Beat that imposter syndrome and put yourself out there with this class taught by a master coach. Understand where a lack of confidence and self-esteem come from, the obstacles standing in your way, and the habits of successfully confident people.

Length: 43 minutes/ 14 lectures

9. Create a Perfect Morning Routine, Skillshare

A successful day of work starts with a killer morning routine. Heres how to start your day energized, confident, and in the right mindset.Length: 34 minutes/ 17 videos

10. Becoming a Resilient Person: The Science of Stress Management, edX

Stress is a normal part of your careerbut how you handle it separates the good employees from the great ones. This course, taught by a professor from the University of Washington, will empower you to become resilient in any tough situation that might come your way (and how to practice resilience on a regular basis).

Length: 8 weeks/ 2-3 hours a week

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