About this Specialization

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In this Specialization, Professional IQ: Preventing Solving Problems at Work, learners use real-world dilemmas and ethical problems experienced by professionals around the world to clarify and articulate their personal values as a foundation for the issues they face. Many successful people use these skills every day—and you should too: making strong decisions; recognizing and avoiding career-damaging pitfalls; preventing and resolving conflicts so as to be value-added members of teams; knowing how and when to apologize effectively; knowing how to ask constructive questions that advance work; and honing leadership skills—whether for being influential at work or holding a position of authority. Learners develop a Personal Leadership Credo, as part of a portfolio applying the skills from the course in situations that learners develop themselves. This Specialization features guest speakers from the following organizations: The University of Illinois Community Credit Union; ZipDX; Rosentreter Group; University of Kansas; Studio Helix Medical Exercise and Bodywork, LLC; Advanced Micro Devices; Vedder Price, P.C.; Circuit Court of Cook County; Sierra Training Associates Inc.; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the names and biographies of individual guest speakers, please see the "Guest Experts" page within each course.
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
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English
Subtitles: English, Arabic
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Foundations of Professional Identity

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44 ratings
16 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Shaping Your Professional Brand

5.0
stars
24 ratings
7 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Leadership and Influence

4.7
stars
33 ratings
6 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Professional IQ Capstone

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  • No background knowledge is required. This Specialization is designed for anyone interested in having a career to be proud of, helping teams get things done, and inspiring and influencing those around them.

  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. Some courses do list other courses as prerequisites. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all three courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

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  • · make strong decisions

    · recognize and avoid career-damaging pitfalls

    · navigate challenging situations successfully

    · prevent and resolve conflicts so as to be value-added members of teams

    · know how and when to apologize effectively

    · ask constructive questions that advance work objectives

    · hone leadership skills now and for the rest of your career

    · influence others effectively for constructive group outcomes

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