Interesting Continuing Education Courses for Business and IT Professionals

Lifelong learning helps foster growth and development.

In business leadership, where change is always a constant, continuing education is vitally important. Walden University’s School of Lifelong Learning addresses this need with self-paced professional development courses—many of which are offered in micro segments so you can easily work this training into your busy schedule.

Walden, an innovative leader in distance education, offers hundreds of individual online courses designed for working professionals passionate about learning and growth. There are credit-bearing courses, which can be stepping-stones to an online degree, and courses that can update your knowledge and skills and further your professional development.

Boost Your Business Leadership Skills

Meeting the Leadership Challenge is one of Walden’s professional development courses. In this self-paced series of seven microcourses, you’ll use the Leadership Practices Inventory®, a self-assessment tool, to learn more about your leadership style. You’ll examine the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model, derived from the research of authors and experts James Kouzes and Barry Posner. You’ll explore how to create a shared vision, challenge and inspire your team, and celebrate the accomplishments of those you lead. At the end of this online course, you’ll add a certificate of completion to your restocked leadership tool kit.

Walden’s business and management offerings in the School of Lifelong Learning include courses that let you earn credit hours. Work toward an online BS in Business Administration or a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Contemporary Challenges in Business is for students with master’s degrees interested in earning a doctorate. It helps provide students with a foundation for academic and professional success, and credit may be able to be applied to Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program.

Walden’s lifelong learning online courses deliver contemporary business knowledge and strategies on such timely topics as Ethical Leadership, Intercultural Communication, and Initiating and Managing Change. Or refresh and expand your skills by enrolling in Auditing and Internal Controls, Business Law, or Entrepreneurship for Small Business.

Expand Your IT Expertise

Business professionals who wish to expand their information technology knowledge can also find a complement of IT knowledge- and skill-boosting online courses. Becoming Data Driven: Data Science Fundamentals Professional Certificate is a self-paced professional development opportunity. In this series of eight microcourses, discover how to think and solve problems like a data scientist. Learn how to raise your organizational profile, grow your influence, and deepen your engagement by learning to work and communicate with data. Explore examples of how data science is transforming how work gets done. The skills you build will provide you with a solid foundation to help your organization achieve transformative success.

You can earn credits in many of Walden’s data science and technology individual online courses as well. One of those is Computer Security Fundamentals, a six-week, faculty-led course where you’ll learn the key concepts of computer and information security, including technical, privacy, organizational, social, and policy issues.

All of Walden’s data science and technology courses are designed to help you build in-demand, marketable skills that can distinguish you from other professionals. You might also be interested in other individual courses such as Core Web Technologies, Computer Networking and Operating Systems, and Principles of Programming.

Extend Your Lifelong Learning

Search Walden’s storehouse of individual online courses to find learning opportunities in education, counseling, health, and psychology. Or explore Walden’s other individual course offerings, where you may discover a new passion or career goal.

As the late Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, once said, “The key to success is lifelong learning.”1 Walden offers you choices—and the keys—to help you unlock your success. Choose to sample individual courses or enroll in an online degree program. Walden’s flexible online learning platform helps you to find the balance that’s just right for your life.

For 50 years, Walden has helped working professionals achieve their academic goals and realize their career ambitions. Customize your path to lifelong learning and find the secrets to your success.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering online courses for credit, professional development courses, and tailored employer training programs through its School of Lifelong Learning. Degree seekers may wish to explore Walden’s suite of online degree programs, offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. Learn new skills in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.


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