Five of the most in-demand skills employers are looking for in 2019

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We also offer hundreds of nationally recognised qualifications and training courses – brought to you by some of the UK’s leading education providers.

And with 9 out of 10 students saying they get exactly what they want from our courses, whether you’re looking to kickstart a new career, or just learn something new entirely, we’ve got you covered.

Here are five of the top skills employers are looking for right now – and our best courses to help you gain them:

Accounting

Our recommended course: AAT is the number one qualification for aspiring accountants – and this AAT Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma will get you job-ready in next to no time.

What does the course include? Topics covered include everything from bookkeeping and computerised accounting, right through to calculating tax rates and final accounts preparation. And, aside from the qualifications, you’ll get full tutor support throughout your course – and even a free study plan.

Best feature: Free AAT Membership is included – an e-Careers exclusive – which means you can take full advantage of the benefits offered by the world’s largest professional body of Accountants. Additionally, 95% of students pass their AAT exams after completing the course.

Why study AAT? Because the qualifications they offer are internationally recognised, companies such as Sainsbury’s, P&G, Morgan Stanley, the Ministry of Defence and many more see AAT as a must-have for their accounting teams. In fact, over 90% of UK Accountants start their careers with AAT.

Perfect for: People who want to look after their figures.

AAT course

Cyber Security

Our recommended course: The Cyber Security Professional package, also offered by e-Careers, which combines just about all of the flagship tech certifications you could ever ask for.

What does the course include? Well, where do we start? Aside from the Mile2 Certified Professional Ethical Hacker (CPEH) certification (which is endorsed by the likes of NASA), you’ll get a vast range of CompTIA courses – including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and more.

Best feature: This package includes exclusive access to Labs, where you can practice what you have learned in a simulated experience. In other words, you can try your hand at Password Cracking, Attacking Databases and Attacking Web Applications – as often as you want.

Why study cyber security? By 2019 there will be a skills gap of over 1 million people worldwide in cyber security. And there’s no better place to start than with Mile2, CompTIA and e-Careers. Let’s face it, what other course could you take that’s fully endorsed by the FBI?

Perfect for: People who are looking to start a lucrative career in tech.

Cyber Security bundle

Marketing

Our recommended courses: These comprehensive Social Media Marketing and Copywriting courses, offered by marketing, media & PR specialists College of Media and Publishing, are perfect for anyone looking to write engaging content in a variety of forms, for a range of different channels.

What do the courses include? Whether you want to learn digital campaign planning and social media strategy, or get tips on writing compelling content for everything from emails and press releases, through to blogs, leaflets and brochures, these courses have got you covered. You’ll also learn fundamental SEO-based tips for both, to help get your content noticed.

Best features: Both courses are independently endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme, meaning you’ll receive a Certificate upon completion. You’ll also receive a CMP level 4 diploma – which proves to employers that you’re qualified in your field (not to mention help ensure your CV stands out).

Why study marketing? Marketing skills are extremely versatile, and the ability to write effective copy and utilise social media is important across a variety of fields. With technology forever advancing, the ability to market effectively advances with it. This means your skills will always be in-demand, and you’ll always have the opportunity to further your career.

Perfect for: People who are on Instagram at work right now.

Social Media Marketing course

Copywriting course

 

Project Management

Our recommended course: This comprehensive Project Management bundle, offered by Balance Global, is perfect for anyone looking to start or progress a career in project management.

What does the course include? As part of the package, you’ll get access to two market-leading project management courses – PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner – which are pretty much the industry-standards.

Best feature: As well as including the official exams, and interactive support from expert tutors, the package also comes with a free app to help with revision and learning offline. So no matter where you are, there’ll never be an excuse not to start studying.

Why study project management? Project Managers are needed in practically every industry, which means highly-skilled (see also: qualified) PMs are always in high demand. In fact, those who are PRINCE2® Practitioner qualified can expect to earn a salary in the region of £50,000 with a little experience.

Perfect for: People who want to get the most out of others (and get paid for it).

Project Management package

Microsoft Excel

Our recommended course: This versatile Microsoft Excel Bootcamp is the ultimate course for anyone looking to get their Excel skills up-to-scratch, helping you master spreadsheets and analyse or present complex data in the easiest way imaginable.

What does the course include? You’ll get four business-focussed Excel courses, covering the most popular formulas including IF, VLOOKUP, COUNT, SUM, SUMIF, as well as PivotTables, Pivot Charts and Basic Macros. And if you just want to create beautiful looking graphs and charts, you can do that too.

Best feature: To say Excel with Business, who put together the course, are experts in their field would be an understatement. As well as having nearly one million students on their books, their tailored learning approach is set up to match each course to your current Excel ability. So out of hundreds of available downloadable exercises, videos and learning modules, you’ll only study what’s most relevant for you.

Why study Microsoft Excel? Good Excel skills are absolutely essential for a wide range of different industries. Not only will taking this course allow you to work with vast amounts of data easily and efficiently, it’ll also help when it comes to sharing insights around your business. You don’t have to break the bank either – meaning there’s really no reason not to learn this incredibly in-demand skills.

Perfect for: People who want to turn the tables.

Microsoft Excel course

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