Singaporean staff learning about communication skills amid return to work

They're also enhancing their critical thinking and learning about hard skills

Singaporean staff learning about communication skills amid return to work

Singapore-based learners are now taking courses related to communication amid return-to-office schemes, according to a new report, as they leave behind learning about remote work in the list of courses that they're taking over the past year.

LinkedIn said Singapore's learners spent nearly 600,000 hours last year on courses offered by its educational platform LinkedIn Learning - most especially on courses related to public speaking, presentation, and navigating interpersonal relationships, in addition to critical thinking and hard skills.

Last year's list only had one course related to interpersonal communication in the top 10, according to LinkedIn, while remote work-related course Time Management: Working from Home was ranked third.

This year, however, the remote work-related offering fell off from the top 20 list as more interpersonal communication-related courses emerge as the most popular. The full list includes the following:

  1. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365)
  2. Project Management Foundations
  3. Speaking Confidently and Effectively
  4. Strategic Thinking
  5. Power BI Essential Training
  6. Learning Python
  7. Critical Thinking for Better Judgement and Decision-Making
  8. Communicating with Confidence
  9. Design Thinking: Understanding the Process
  10. Digital Marketing Foundations
  11. Critical Thinking
  12. How to be Both Assertive and Likeable
  13. Interpersonal Communication
  14. Communication Foundations
  15. Agile Foundations
  16. Excel: VLOOKUP and XLOOKUP for beginners
  17. SQL Essential Training
  18. Expert Tips for Answering Common Interview Questions
  19. Digital Transformation
  20. Project Management Simplified

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Frank Koo, Head of Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn, pointed out that the list reveals the "steadfast growth mindset" of Singapore's LinkedIn community to "future-proof" themselves amid the fast-evolving world of work.

The report revealed that aside from communication skills, Singapore learners are also enhancing their critical thinking as well as technical knowledge on tech.

"Globally, the skills needed for any particular role have been changing quickly over time, and our data tells us that members have been adapting and finding ways to stay competitive," said Koo. "With a more regular return to the workplace in Singapore, it is also good to see that many were navigating this re-adjustment by brushing up their interpersonal communication skills."

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