8 best SkillsFuture courses to take so you won’t waste your $500 credit

I’m sure you all know about the $500 injection into your SkillsFuture account for all Singaporean Citizens aged 25 and above. SkillsFuture is a national movement aimed at providing resources for all Singaporeans to plan and improve their own skills and employability, and to foster a lifelong learning culture within Singapore. If you’re unsure about what SkillsFuture is all about, you can check out the article we’ve written previously on it.

Well, now that you’ve got that $500, what are you going to do about it? We went to look through the courses available and came up with a 8 best list of SkillsFuture courses you might want to consider taking so as not to waste your $500.

WSQ Effective Negotiation Skills for Individual (Course ID: CRS-Q-0027514-BM)
If you thought you have no need for negotiation skills because you work in the backend, that’s where you’re wrong. Negotiation is a soft skill that everyone must have in order to succeed. From negotiating for a job opportunity to negotiating your pay, even workplace conflict resolution, negotiation skills is a must to have. So no matter whether you’re in sales, account servicing, or even a simple secretary, you’ll need this invaluable skill.

WSQ Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making (CRS-Q-0027001-ES)
If you’ve always wanted to advance up the career ladder to be a leader, then solving problems and making decisions effectively are skills that you definitely must have. We’re all taught technical skills and knowledge when we’re in schools, but other than the rare few who got the chance to be in leadership positions for their co-curricular activities, the rest of us don’t have the opportunity to do so. This can be a problem when you’re at the workplace, because companies often promote people who are ready for the position, not give them the position and let them get used to the responsibilities.

Photoshop CS 6 Fundamentals (CRS-N-0027672)
Microsoft Words, Excel and PowerPoint are not considered software skills anymore, unlike our parents’ time. Grab this chance to learn a new skill – Photoshop. In a digital world like today, you’ll have plenty of chances to use this program no matter what position you hold. After all, everyone is already expected to know this, so if you don’t, it might be time to learn soon. This course if perfect for beginners with zero background in Photoshop.

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Black Belt Security, Introduction to securing your PC (CRS-N-0014952)
Like Photoshop, this course is meant for beginners who have zero backgrounds in IT. Given the increasing number of cybercriminals, scammers, hackers, etc., it’s always good to know that you’re not the one responsible for compromising the IT security of your organisation, especially not when most of the company’s information are probably on the servers. This course covers all the safe practices and precautions required to keep your PC clean and free of malware and viruses.

Creating web pages with HTML (CRS-N-0001081)
When it comes to useful courses, learning how to create web pages is probably one of the most useful skill you’re going to have. HTML is the basics behind the internet and given how web-intensive all businesses are getting, it’s best to be equipped with this skill to add value to yourself in the company.

Writing Emails for Professional Communications (CRS-N-0028033)
No matter whether you’re communicating internally or externally, you’ll need to be able to clearly and concisely communicate your intentions to the other person or you’ll be causing delays unintentionally. Learn how to convey everything in a single email, instead of going back and forth between you and the other participant. Not only does this waste his time, it might just cost you an excellent opportunity you might have.

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Video Editing for Beginners (CRS-N-0024891)
In the past, video editing was left to the professionals. Today, where YouTube has become a rising medium for companies to advertise their products instead of on the TV, you might find yourself being asked to upload videos marketing your company’s services on YouTube. Unless your company request for professionally done videos, simple editing can be done by yourself.

 5 Strategies to Win with People (CRS-N-0031382)
All aspiring leaders need to know how to be comfortable with other people, and it all begins within. Learn how to connect to different people from different background and overcome generation gap. After all, a good leader gets things done. A great leader gets things done and is loved by his subordinates. Learn how to be a great leader instead of just being a good one.

So, these are 8 courses we thought would be most useful to people working in Singapore today. Of course, we’re barely scratching the tip of the iceberg, so if you’re interested in seeing what other courses they offer, click here.

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