Five career goals we can help you with in 2013

It’s the start of a new year - and you’ve probably been thinking about where your career is headed in 2013. Our professional development team is here to help you turn your career ambitions into reality. We offer a range of courses and qualifications to develop your expertise and overcome any weak spots which are holding you back.

Here are five ideas to get you started:

Career Goal 1: Overcome your fear of public speaking
If the prospect of presenting your ideas to a group of colleagues or clients brings you out in a cold sweat, you’re not alone. Our Presenting With Confidence course is one of our most popular. Trainer Trish Mousell will explain how to conquer nerves and write a presentation that is memorable for all the right reasons.

Career Goal 2: Become financially literate
If you want to become a serious contender for a leadership role, you’re going to need a clear understanding of the financial side of agency life. Join Ingle Dawson on 26th April  to discover How Your Agency Makes Money.

Career Goal 3: Build better relationships with problem clients/colleagues
Battling awkward clients and customers is a drain on productivity - and it can make life thoroughly miserable too. Our Handling Difficult People course will arm you with lots of strategies to resolve conflict and make your workplace a happier, more harmonious place to be.

Career Goal 4: Get a pay rise
The more value you can add to your agency, the more your agency will value you. Our Negotiation Skills course on 5th July 2013 with Graham Singleton, will teach you how to negotiate successfully with clients. And once you’ve secured a better deal for your agency, you can use your newfound skills to convince your boss you’re worth a bigger salary.   

Career Goal 5: Gain a formal qualification
If you’re just starting out in your career, the IPA Foundation Certificate will show you how the industry works. It will help you see the big picture, beyond your particular discipline or agency. The training is free and delivered online - you just pay to take the exam. The Advanced Certificate is the next stage, providing a bridge between trainee and experienced practitioner. The IPA Excellence Diploma is for senior people from any discipline who want to develop their original thinking around brand communications. Like all our courses, it’s taught by some of adland’s brightest minds.

View the full list of upcoming (provisional) dates and deadlines for the Professional Development Programme in 2013.

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