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7 Soft Skills Courses From Coursera

Even the most technically strong team needs “soft” skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking in order to succeed — especially given the growth of so-called “hybrid jobs.” Here are our recommendations of soft skills courses that can help prepare new college grads for the workplace:

1. The Science of Well-Being

Yale University

This personal development course is designed to help students understand how to increase their happiness and productivity—and then put it into practice. This 10-week course takes about 19 hours to complete.

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2. Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success

Imperial College London

This personal development course is designed to help students think creatively and innovatively. Students will also learn how to effectively communicate their ideas. This 7-week course that takes about 23 hours to complete.

3. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

McMaster University and University of California San Diego

This personal development course is designed to help students access and apply the most effective learning techniques to master new subjects, skills, and habits. This 4-week course takes about 15 hours to complete.

4. Improving Communication Skills

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

This personal development course is designed to teach students to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and through different media. This 4-week course takes about 10 hours to complete.

5. Creative Problem Solving

University of Minnesota

This personal development course is designed to develop creative and innovative ability by prompting students to move outside of their comfort zone.  This 4-week course takes about 14 hours to complete.

6. Conflict Transformation

Emory University

This business essentials course is designed to offer students an inside look at conflict transformation and how to engage in constructive conflict. Students will learn practical techniques and gain valuable information. This 5-week course takes about 17 hours to complete.

7. Successful Career Development

University System of Georgia

This personal development course is designed for students in any career, at any level. This course will develop professional and practical networking skills. This 7-week course takes about 17 hours to complete.


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