Needing to Retrain in post-Covid 19? Check out these great courses

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many industries and professions resulting in many redundancies and necessitating people to hitherto would never have thought of needing to do so, make a transition to a different profession. I’ve included a couple of freely available articles which may be of use as well.

From the website Stuff yesterday was this Coronavirus: Where will the jobs be in a post-Covid-19 world?

Finding Jobs And Building Careers In The Age Of COVID-19 And Beyond From the Entrepreneur website.

Career Advice from Some of the Biggest Names in Business (2hrs 15mins)
This course, (recently updated) brings together the best insights from Lynda.com’s collection of interviews with LinkedIn influencers…including Richard Branson and Bill Gates. Each interview provides short and thoughtful tips you can use to propel your own career in the right direction.

Switching your career (1hr 10 mins)
The secret to successfully switching careers lies in identifying your transferable skills and creating personal and professional personas that work in your new industry…..You need to be able to convince employers you can make the leap to a new role or industry. Dr Dawn provides tips for rebranding yourself and nailing the interview by turning tough questions to your advantage.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps (1hr 20mins)
Interested in transitioning to a career in cloud computing? Explore potential career paths and the certifications that can help you accelerate your professional transformation. Topics include:
IT pro roles: developer, analyst and architect
IT pro skills: virtualization, networking, and scripting
Certifications:AWS, Azure, GCP, and IBM
Programming languages
Cloud career paths
Emerging technologies and careers

Web Career Clinic (course 9hr 21m)
Get web career advice from veteran web designer Lauren Bacon. Interested in a career in web design, programming, UX, SEO, project management, or content development, this course is a great place to learn about the career options that are available to you.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology…Andrew Bettany also helps you map where you may want to specialize, where you need to be skill-wise, and how to create a path to get there.

New management books just received at Wellington City Libraries

How to not always be working : a toolkit for creativity and radical self-care / Grace, Marlee
“This book is a quiet revolution, a guide filled with practical advice to help you curb your obsessions and build boundaries between your work, your job, and your life. From business anecdotes about fulfilling orders to more personal stories …, this book is full of wisdom and resilience, with plenty of discussion about ritual and routine as ways to create effective and positive creative life change. Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter, How to Not Always Be Working ventures into the space where phone meets life, helping readers to define their work-what they do out of sense of purpose; their job-what they do to make money; and their breaks-what they do to recharge, and to feel connected to themselves and the people who matter to them. Grace addresses complex issues such as what to do if your work and your job are connected, provides insights to help you figure out how much is too much, and offers suggestions for making the best use of your time.”. (Catalogue)

What you do is who you are : how to create your business culture / Horowitz, Ben
“Ben Horowitz, a leading venture capitalist, modern management expert, and New York Times bestselling author combines lessons both from history and modern organisational practice with practical and often surprising advice to help us build cultures that can weather both good and bad times. The times and circumstances in which people were raised often shape them – yet a few leaders have managed to shape their times.

Samsung Rising: Inside The Secretive Company Conquering Tech [paperback] / Cain, Geoffrey
An explosive expos of one of the biggest and most secretive companies in the world, Samsung, as the Korean juggernaut battles Apple and Sony to dominate the world of technology. Based on years of reporting on Samsung for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and Time from his base in South Korea, and his countless sources inside and outside the company, Geoffrey Cain offers a penetrating look behind the curtains of the biggest company nobody in America knows.” (Catalogue)

The end of marketing : humanizing your brand in the age of social media and AI / Gil, Carlos
“Traditional marketing is dead. Engage with consumers that tune out from brand marketing and transform your customer relationship management, as AI, chatbots and social media continues to redefine marketing. Social networks are the new norm and traditional marketing is failing in today’s digital, always-on culture. Businesses across the world are having to face up to how they remain relevant in the choppy waters of the digital ocean. In an era where a YouTube star gets more daily impressions than Nike, Coca-Cola and Walmart combined, traditional marketing as we know it is dead” (Catalogue)

Charismatic Leadership: The Skills You Can Learn To Motivate High Performance In Others [paperback] / Murray, Kevin
“Develop the key skills that will make you a charismatic leader and more easily win over customers, peers and colleagues and create a culture where everyone succeeds… The Charismatic Leader will show you how to be a powerful influencer with your peers, your colleagues and your customers. You’ll learn why charisma is a vital asset in any organization, understand its essential components, find out how to grow your charismatic presence and discover why you need the companion skills of coaching, problem-solving and empathy. Using charisma effectively helps everyone perform at a high level. This book will show you how..” (Catalogue)

Managing Organizational Conflict [paperback] / Blank, Sam
“Conflict in business and personal relationships is inevitable–much of the success of companies depends on how well they respond to it. Developing rapport, collaboration and cooperation hinges on positive conflict management strategies that stimulate innovation and growth where companies can look for solutions to common issues and needs. Conflict management can address dysfunctional outcomes that result in job stress, less effective communication and a climate of distrust, where working relationships are damaged and job performance reduced. At a time when the business world and the economy are ever-changing, organizations must minimize and resolve internal and external conflicts to remain vibrant and profitable. Drawing on examples from a wide range of corporate experiences, this volume provides role-playing scenarios, checklists, tables and research studies to help employees, managers and owners better comprehend the dynamics of conflict in every interaction.” (Catalogue)

Sound advice for companies who are contemplating the post Covid-19 workplace

Firstly, from a New Zealand perspective there is quite a bit of information out there. Hopefully, I have retrieved some posts which will inspire and support you.

Running a business in challenging times -MYOB Business preparation Guide. The second edition of the MYOB Business Preparedness Guide, looks at some of the key areas business can focus on, adapt and invest in as they seek to navigate the ‘new normal’ created by coronavirus

New Zealand Business after Covid-19 In a special Business series four well known founders/business commentators give their thoughts on how they think NZ businesses will respond.

What comes next: 4 perspectives on post-pandemic preparation
NZ technology and digital chiefs’ responses to COVID-19 guide their business continuity plans for the emerging work environment

What lies on the other side of lockdown and elimination? Part 1 of a special Spinoff series in which Duncan Grieve looks at a number of sectors which will be worst hit by the aftermath of Covid-19. Part two looks at the winners and losers.

Resilience in a time of uncertainty and change

A month into lockdown and owners and employees of workplaces may be finding their resilience waning. Hopefully these Lynda.com courses below may offer some good guidance and help.

LEARNING PATH
Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty
In this learning path, you can gain immediately applicable skills to support your well-being during times of change and uncertainty. Twenty curated courses cover topics such as practicing mindfulness and meditation; managing anxiety, depression, and stress; calming your mind; and restoring your body.

Embracing unexpected change
This 15 minute course explains how you can harness the power of change for your benefit, how to put change in the proper context, create the right perspective and ultimately become more resilient.

COURSE
Enhancing Resilience with Gemma Leigh Roberts
Being resilient will not only help you overcome challenges—it will help you thrive. Learn how to enhance your resilience with these tips. In this hour long course, Gemma Roberts shows how to create a proactive plan to build your resilience, maintain it in the face of challenges, and track your progress over time.

LEARNING PATH
Developing Resilience and Grit
In the face of change and uncertainty, learn how to build your resilience and cultivate mental agility. Resilience and grit will help you to cope with change and create productive shifts in thinking and perseverance.

COURSE
Building Resilience with Tatiana Kolovou
Learn how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your “resiliency threshold,” with these training techniques. In this half hour course, she outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations, and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward.

Enhancing your online presence for Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions

So many businesses will be thinking how can I convert my current face to face customers into online customers. Hopefully, some of these Lynda.com courses will help you with that.
Sales: Business to Consumer online sales
It is well-known that many consumers prefer the simplicity of online purchasing, but for many of us, everyday items are usually purchased face to face. If Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions are lifted soon, many businesses will need to sell online, in a non-contact way in order to remain afloat. In this course, learn about the opportunities of B2C.

Learning Shopify
Create a simple online store with Shopify, the trusted and easy-to-use ecommerce tool.

Developing adaptability as a manager
With digital transformation and disruption everywhere (ie our present situation) being adaptable is a foundational skills for managers allowing you to responds to change in a positive, resilient way, and seize new opportunities.

Social media marketing with Facebook and Twitter
This course teaches you how to use social media to promote your business, and learn how Facebook differs from Twitter and how to adjust your strategy to succeed on both platforms.

Check out EDS -our great new tool for searching across our online databases

Our EDS or “Ebsco discovery Service” link is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library’s online resources. It’s a great place to start your research, enabling you to browse and access all of the Wellington City Libraries’ electronic resources quickly, and get an overview of the resources available on your topic.

The simplest way to login is to click on the link “search across resources” from the drop down menu under the eLibrary tab on the Library home page. You can actually undertake your search at this point, but in order to access the full-text you will then be prompted to log in for full access. (this link is at the top of your screen and take you through to the eLibrary login page.

EDS defaults to only retrieving results for which the full article is available to you. (You can unclick this option), or also click the Peer Reviewed box to further filter your results. There are many filtering options including date, publication type, subject, geography, and also by database (the number of hits your search registers in each of the databases is recorded) – so it is easy to see which database may be of use for more in-depth research.

The wonderful bonus of using EDS is that you have access to more databases than your library actually subscribes to. These are the Complementary index (this is full-text supplied by primary publishers that is not available elsewhere) and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

You can type your search words either in the basic search box provided, or alternatively by selecting the Advanced search which allows you to filter your search prior to commencing your search.


You can also easily check to see whether access is available to a particular publication and which database it is in by clicking on the Publications tab.


Once your search results have displayed, you will either be presented with a link to view the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html document which is included in the result. Either way, if you haven’t previously logged in to our elibrary service, you will be prompted to “login for full access” before you will be able to access the fulltext.

Do try our new resource – once you do, the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html version it will be your go-to starting point to explore all our wonderful online resources.

Communicating in a crisis

Even experienced Managers may be feeling challenged during this current crisis. I hope the following Lynda.com video courses prove helpful.

Advice for leaders during a crisis. In this video just uploaded on April 10, leading experts in crisis, leadership, and finance provide you with important methods to keep you and your team focused, inspired, and aligned during this unique time.

Crisis Communication In this 1hr course, Laura Bergells will talk you through how to communicate with key audiences in this crisis which impacts your business or brand.

Managing in difficult times What do leaders do to manage effectively in difficult times? It’s as much about what they do to prepare as it is about how they react.

Marketing during a crisis Learn how to reposition your brand during a crisis, take immediate actgion, re-evaluate the landscape, and understand the new consumer mindset.

Need help staying in focus and productive during the lockdown? I think we all do.

Productivity Tips: Setting Up Your Workplace with Dave Crenshaw

This shortish 40 minute video gives you quick tips for cultivating a workspace that makes it easier to stay focused, motivated, and productive. (It’s had over 2,500 views since it was loaded at the beginning of February)

Mixtape: Learning Highlights for Better Productivity with LinkedIn Learning Instructors This is a curated collection of insights from top LinkedIn courses on productivity. If you are particularly interested in any one of the courses, check out the full version of each course.

Productivity tips: finding your productive mindset – Dave Crenshaw
This hour length video has had over 8,000 views since it was released in January this year.

Dave Crenshaw shares bite-sized actionable tips for finding time in your routine to improve productivity and flexibility. Learn how to shake off negativity and add meaning to your workday.

Time Management: Working from Home with Dave Crenshaw
Another very useful and apt course which gives time management tips to stay productive and balanced when working from home part-time or full-time.

5 Ways to Control Your Time with Chris Croft
Find more time for what’s most important. Learn the 5 key time management strategies (from saying “no” to overcoming perfectionism) to reduce distractions and stay focused…

Tips on remote working – try Lynda.com free courses with your library card

Kia ora koutou katoa — I’m Marilyn Domney, the Business Information specialist here at Wellington City Libraries. Over the next while, I will be featuring relevant and useful resources available remotely and completely free to all our library customers via our Lynda.com.

Lynda.com is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

Lynda.com

(To benefit from our free subscription please go to Lynda.com only via the link we’ve given above, otherwise Lynda.com is a subscription based resource. You can find Lynda.com on our Business Online Databases page.)

Now since so many people are working from home, I thought some e-learning courses on how to get the best results from working remotely would be a great place to start. All Lynda.com’s courses are available to target your own individual needs, so whether you are beginner, intermediate or experienced, or looking for a short or long-term course, Lynda.com has it all.

Make sure to sign in above before clicking the links below!

Remote working – getting started

Learning Path

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

Course

Working Remotely with Mike Gutman
Learn best practices for working remotely. Use today’s cloud-based tools to stay productive, build culture, and work seamlessly with your team — anywhere there is internet.

(16 Courses, March 2020)

Remote working – empower yourself and your team

Learning Path

Become a Successful Remote Worker
Developing a professional career that embraces work flexibility is not just a dream. A partnership between FlexJobs and LinkedIn Learning, this learning path is designed to help you achieve a fulfilling career and the work flexibility to lead the life you want.

(4 Courses Feb 25, 2020)

Course

Leading at a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry
Lead effectively from a distance. Get tactics and strategies for empowering remote teams and team members, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees.

If you have any other queries, we have a wealth of free curated online resources available remotely for our customer. I also offer an hour’s free research per separate topic for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. More in-depth research is available as well.