Employees who can work together and achieve impressive results are highly valued by businesses. The free online course “How to Succeed in the Global Workplace” will provide you with the essential skills to succeed in the global labour market.

About the course

The British Council and The University of Sheffield have teamed up to help you succeed when you enter the workplace for the first time. Beginning your career or starting a new job brings to mind lots of questions, so they have designed a course to guide you through those initial weeks and months so you can make a really positive start to your career.

The course is for anyone looking to start work anywhere in the world. It will also provide a refresher to those already in employment, or returning to work after a career break, as you brush up on the most important communication skills needed to step back into the work environment. For undergraduates and graduates, it will give you an insight into how to manage yourself successfully and the skills necessary to succeed in the global workplace.

The British Council has over 80 years’ experience as a global organisation working in more than 100 countries around the world. The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities, recognised globally for its quality teaching and international outlook. The course draws on both the British Council’s and the university’s expertise in online learning and will give you the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement or a Statement of Participation.

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This course is designed for anyone starting work, returning to work, or thinking ahead to the start of their career. It will be of particular interest to those in the early stages of their career, or those who are out of practice and need to update their skills. No prior knowledge or expertise is needed.

The course is aimed at both native English speakers and non-native English speakers who have an intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.

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What you will learn

You’ll watch videos of employers from small, medium and global organisations, giving you insights from around the world into what they look for from their new employees. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively across cultures in a professional way and acquire the skills to build and maintain relationships with colleagues, managers and clients.

The course is highly participative and includes articles for you to read, videos to watch and interactive material with tips to help you feel confident about entering the workplace. There will also be discussions where you can learn from and support each other, self-reflective exercises and quizzes. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to build a portfolio of your work which will help you with developing your future career.

Starting date: 26 September 2016

Duration: 4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Instructor: Kate Sullivan, Pamela Hafekost

Institution: The British Council, The University of Sheffield