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Online Professional Development: Why Custom Learning Options Work

Explore rapid, effective solutions for project management, spreadsheet, and leadership training.


Your small business is growing quickly. Your new team is struggling with spreadsheets. Your mentees need leadership skills to take the next steps in their careers. For any of these problems, online professional development can be the solution. Online employee development is convenient, affordable, and fast.

Project Management Mastery

If your small business is rapidly expanding, your team may need project management skills to streamline their work. Walden University’s School of Lifelong Learning offers a variety of professional development courses online in project management, ranging from an introduction to the topic in Let’s Talk Project Management to Agile Scrum Master training. Simply search “project management” to explore the offerings. Perhaps you’ll select a micro-course like The Essentials of Project Management. This one-hour course can teach your employees to determine a project’s scope and cost, enable them to schedule a project and manage risks, and empower them to manage a project’s performance. Your employees can take this course right away, at any time and location that is convenient for them—and you can feel confident that your business is on the right track.

Spreadsheet Superstars

If your team is having difficulty working in Excel, an online course could help them get up to speed quickly. Walden’s School of Lifelong Learning offers a three-hour Excel Basics course and a three-hour Excel Advanced Skills course. In just a few hours, your team will be filtering and sorting data—or even using pivot tables—like pros. Employees can start learning right away in a course that’s full of engaging interactive content, and they can use their new skills immediately in the workplace.

Learning to Lead

Your mentees are nearly ready for management roles, but they need more leadership training. An online professional certificate in leadership can give them the confidence and credentials to take on new roles. Walden’s School of Lifelong Learning’s Meeting the Leadership Challenge Professional Certificate can help employees at any level learn how to be better leaders. The curriculum covers leadership theories, the Leadership Practices Inventory, and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. The learning path is estimated to require 48 hours for completion, but learners have 180 days to complete the material at their own pace.

If your team needs new skills in order to succeed, online learning through an accredited university is a smart solution. Walden’s School of Lifelong Learning offers quality professional development options to empower business owners, nonprofit leaders, and employees in any field. Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, which ensures that Walden meets quality standards and provides credible, valuable education. Most of Walden’s courses, including School of Lifelong Learning courses, can be started immediately and completed conveniently from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Taking an online professional development course today can ensure your team’s success tomorrow.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering online courses for credit as well as professional development courses through the School of Lifelong Learning. Learn new skills in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,