The concept of business networking involves relationship building, which is not always easy. Learn how to create and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities.

Networking is a fundamental skill which will help you take control of your career. “Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking” is a free online course that introduces the principles of networking as a fundamental skill to help develop your personal brand in the world of work.

About the course

The course has been developed by The Open University Business School, which is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is part of a group of eight courses from The Open University designed to help you gain fundamental business and financial skills, including communication, networking, relationship building, project management, personal financial planning and management, and investment and financial services.

This course is intended for anyone looking to enhance and develop their professional network in order to open up opportunities and strengthen their professional relationships.

You can complete this course as part of one of these two programmes:

Business Fundamentals: four courses which will boost your employability and effectiveness at work, and enable you to earn a FutureLearn Award, which recognises your overall achievements on the courses you completed and enhances your CV, CPD portfolio or application for further study.

Business and Finance Fundamentals: eight courses. Holders of FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement for all eight courses can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment module (requiring separate OU registration and fee).

Requirements

The course does not require any previous experience of studying networking. The Open University does not operate in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. This means that learners based in those countries will not be able to convert their participation in this programme to Open University course credits.

What you will learn

You will craft, and receive feedback on, an elevator pitch - a short statement about your role and talents. You will learn how to analyse the value of your connections, whether you are looking for a new job or seeking ways of being more effective in your current position. The course will also cover strategies for self-presentation, keeping in touch with your connections and ensuring that your networking relationships are based on mutual benefit and trust.

In addition to honing your interpersonal skills in essential areas such as giving and seeking information, the course will cover the fundamentals of building your digital presence for networking on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Starting date: 12 September 2016

Duration: 4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Instructor: Terry O'Sullivan

Institution: The Open University Business School

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