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10 Classes to Help Your Professional Development

Staying on top in the professional world can be difficult. Just when you’ve mastered a skill, something new in your industry comes along and turns the rules upside down. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to take the next step in your career, a willingness to learn new skills can help you get ahead. This fall, stay focused on your personal and professional growth with these 10 career-centered courses in Chicago. Learn the basics of Photoshop, grow your understanding of SEO concepts, master Instagram marketing, or even take a crash course in coding.

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Communicate More Effectively in the Business World

You might be an eloquent conversationalist or self-proclaimed people person, but business communication is a complex art. In this business communications class, you’ll learn how to work effectively with different interpersonal styles, negotiate confidently in the workplace, and further your understanding of how to contribute to a positive company culture.

Javascript Class

Learn the Basics of Javascript Programming

If you’ve got a basic understanding of HTML/CSS as well as common computer functions, then you might be ready for this introductory Javascript class. Learn how you can use Javascript and jQuery to update the appearance, function, and content of your web pages. Plus, you’ll create rich web applications and even learn how to incorporate animations and effects on your website.


Take a Marketing Approach to Salesforce

If you work in marketing, but find yourself using Salesforce for the first time, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. This marketing-focused Salesforce class is a great way to learn the basics and gain a better understanding of how Salesforce can serve your company’s needs. Take your marketing skills to the next level as you learn how to manage lead lists and large campaigns.

User experience class

Learn More About User Experience and User Interface

As technology changes and more media outlets compete for customers’ time, providing an enjoyable user experience is critical to attracting and keeping users. In this user experience design bootcamp, you’ll learn how to make informed decisions when designing a website. Prepare to dip your toes into an ocean of new concepts on the human-computer interaction experience!

Excel Class

Expand Your Microsoft Excel Skills

You may be using Excel frequently, but are you maximizing its potential? In this Microsoft Excel class, you’ll be shown how to use a variety of functions, formulas, and features that you’ll find extremely helpful in your day to day tasks. Learn to manage workbooks, filter data tables, create pivot tables, design advanced charts, and more.

Excel Class

Build Your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Knowledge

SEO is about improving the visibility of your site in unpaid search results. If you’re interested in getting a practical introduction to SEO and how you can make the most of it, this introductory SEO course will give you a great start. You’ll learn what elements have traditionally been important for doing well in search results, and how recent changes will affect the way SEO works.

Photoshop Class

Learn the Basics of Photoshop

Not a design wizard, but frequently find yourself needing to edit images? Not to worry! You’ll be able to make basic image edits with confidence after this Adobe Photoshop class for beginners. Learn everything from basic color editing and cropping, to image repair and basic formatting for more advanced graphics work.

Coding Class

Take a Coding Crash Course

Whether you're a beginner who wants to get started in web development, a designer looking to hand-code concepts, or a marketer who wants a little more control over their CMS, you'll need to know HTML and CSS to get the job done. In this one day coding workshop, you’ll dive into HTML and CSS with live coding exercises and by the end of the day you'll have a working web page!

Instagram Marketing

Become a Master of Instagram Marketing

In this Instagram Class, you’ll get an overview of the basics and strategies of Instagram marketing. Take an in-depth look at the best ways to grow your Instagram account following, learn Instagram best practices, and discover new ways to develop content ideas. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of Instagram’s ad platform and take home tangible tactics you can use right away on your account!

LinkedIn Class

Polish Your LinkedIn Account

You may have created your LinkedIn profile, but there’s more you can do to maximize your professional brand and stand out. This LinkedIn class focuses on best practices and must-have features of this incredible business and brand-building site. You’ll leave feeling more confident, and excited, about your profile and its influence.

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