The 10 Most Popular Online Courses of 2018

August 20, 2018

See the most popular LinkedIn Learning courses of the year.

LinkedIn data shows job hopping has accelerated with every generation. On top of that is a new trend – people aren’t just changing jobs, they’re increasingly changing industries.

Case-in-point – today, half of professionals who change jobs change industries with that job change. That’s up nearly 10 percent from 2008.

What’s that mean to you?

It means the job – and even the industry – you are in today is most likely not the same one you’ll be in a decade from now. And that puts more of an emphasis on learning “transferable skills,” meaning skills that’ll help you regardless of what industry or job you are in.

What are the best transferable skills to learn?

Well, there’s no better place to look than our most popular courses on LinkedIn Learning. The reason these courses are so popular is because they apply to the most amount of professionals – meaning they are the definition of transferable skills. You’ll see that in the courses themselves, which cover universal topics like body language, communication and resiliency.

See the courses professionals are flocking to the most, with the 10 most popular courses on LinkedIn Learning in 2018 (as of July 1):

1. Body Language for Leaders

Instructor: Carol Kinsey Goman

Course Description: In this course, workplace body-language expert Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD, reveals how body language is perceived and often misread, and shares the six nonverbal signals you need to know to make a positive first impression. She also discusses the importance of body language for leaders, and shows how you can establish leadership presence.

2. J.T. O'Donnell on Making Recruiters Come to You

Instructor: J.T. O’Donnell

Course Description: This course helps job seekers understand the modern job search and how to attract recruiters, how to understand the role of the resume and cover letters in the job search process and how to connect and follow up with a recruiter.

3. Time Management Tips Weekly

Instructor: Dave Crenshaw

Course Description: Time management expert Dave Crenshaw provides a new tip every Monday, touching on a wide variety of topics. Tune in to learn about everything from managing emails and calendars to setting priorities, collaborating with coworkers, reducing interruptions, crafting a "productivity mindset" and creating a more comfortable and effective work environment.

4. Excel Tips Weekly

Instructor: Dennis Taylor

Course Description: This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel.

5. Communicating with Confidence

Instructor: Jeff Ansell

Course Description: In this course, Jeff Ansell provides simple communication tools, strategies and tips that are easy to use and produce immediate results. He'll help you sound more confident, use body and language to better express ideas and overcome anxiety.

6. Happiness Tips Weekly

Instructor: Chris Croft

Course Description: In this course, Chris Croft provides practical, actionable techniques for finding more time for the things you love and maximizing your day-to-day happiness.

7. Negotiating Your Salary

Instructor: Valerie Sutton

Course Description: In this course, Valerie Sutton shows smart ways to set up a foundation for negotiating your salary, discuss your strengths and follow up to achieve agreement. Discover how to research the salary range for the position you're applying for, put it in the context of your salary history and make a persuasive request.

8. Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Option B: Building Resilience

Instructor: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Course Description: This course highlights how to overcome a devestating event, including how to talk to friends and colleagues who are hurting when you're not sure what to say, how to fight the idea that the hurt you're feeling is permanent, and how to give yourself permission to experience happiness again.

9. Excel 2013: Advanced Formulas and Functions

Instructor: Dennis Taylor

Course Description: In this course, author Dennis Taylor demystifies some of the most challenging of the 300+ formulas and functions in Excel and shows how to put them to their best use.

10. Gretchen Rubin on Creating Great Workplace Habits

Instructor: Gretchen Rubin

Course Description: In this course, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin introduces practical strategies to create better work habits and tips for ongoing success. With these techniques, you can build the foundation for a happier, healthier and more productive life.

What do you want to learn today? Check out LinkedIn Learning’s 12,000-course library – there’s something for everyone.

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