Soft skills courses are gaining popularity on LinkedIn


Southeast Asian learners on Linked In, a professional networking platform, want to improve their speaking and critical thinking skills, based on data collected between June 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, which showed that six of the 10 most popular courses offered by LinkedIn Learning, the education arm of LinkedIn, are related to these two soft skills.

“The most popular LinkedIn Learning courses shed light on the priorities of SEA professionals and anyone looking to enter the workforce,” said Frank Koo, LinkedIn’s Head of Talent Management Solutions for Asia. -Pacific, in an Aug. 15 press release. statement.

“Speaking with Confidence and Effectiveness” ranked second while “Critical Thinking for Better Judgment and Decision-Making” ranked sixth in Southeast Asia (SEA).

“Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365)” was the most popular.

Filipino learners were among the 7.3 million people worldwide who registered with LinkedIn Learning during this period. The number of learners was almost double that of the previous year.

Learners in Southeast Asia spent more than 2.6 million hours on LinkedIn Learning in the past year, up 18.4% from the previous year.

Mr Koo said that the growing skills gap in a rapidly changing labor market, coupled with the digital transformation that accelerates businessesmeans that individuals and companies that develop their skills in soft and hard skills will gain a competitive advantage.

“SEA, including the Philippines, is moving towards a skills-based economy, along with the rest of the world, and we will see a diverse range of in-demand skills emerge for the future of work,” he said.

LinkedIn noted in its Future of Skills Report 2021 that skills for a particular job in the Philippines have changed by an average of 28% since 2015, with the pandemic accelerating this rate of change. The platform said the change could be 41% to 48% by 2025, and that “then there will likely be three new skills required for a job”.

LinkedIn Learning offers over 18,000 sessions. It gives free access to its most popular courses until August 31. — Patricia B. Mirasol

Most Popular Courses on LinkedIn Learning

Here are the most popular courses on LinkedIn Learning in Southeast Asia from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, listed in descending order:

  1. Essential Excel Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365)
  2. Speak confidently and effectively
  3. Foundations of project management
  4. Communicate with confidence
  5. Strategic thinking
  6. Critical Thinking for Better Judgment and Decision Making
  7. Excel: VLOOKUP and XLOOKUP for beginners
  8. Fundamentals of digital marketing
  9. Critical mind
  10. Communication basics
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