When it comes to learning a skill, enrolling in a 6 months course could seem like a big commitment for working professionals. You are not alone if you haven’t been able to take out time to acquire that skill which is on your radar. 

As we all know, there are no shortcuts to learning. However, there are short courses that you can finish within a few days, which are designed to precisely teach you a skill.  The limited scope makes sure that the courses are focused on a skill to help you make the best use of your time. So, go ahead and grab a skill that you’ve been looking to acquire.

Here’s the list of most popular courses which you can finish in less than 5 days. Also, for your convenience, we have bifurcated the courses based on the below 3 criteria:

Beginners Courses
Intermediate Courses
Supportive Courses

Further, we have also highlighted the course duration, skills you will gain, course provider, and course versions (paid, free, free to audit courses).

Let’s begin!

Courses for Beginners

The below-listed courses are specially designed for management professionals who are just at the starting level of their career. These courses mostly cover subjects like Digital Marketing, Project Management, etc. 

1. Marketing in a Digital World by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Duration – 27 hours
Focused Skills – Digital Marketing, Digital tools, Marketing
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

2. “Growing Your Creative Business Through Instagram”

Duration – 1 hour 27 minutes
Focused Skills – Social media marketing, Instagram marketing, Art Licencing
Course Provider – Skillshare
Version – Free 

3. Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management by University of Virginia

Duration – 8 hours
Focused Skills – Risk Analysis, Project Planning, Project Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

4. Copywriting Basics for Successful Sales: Time-Tested Tactics that Prompt Action

Duration – 1 hour 22 minutes
Focused Skills – Content Marketing, Copywriting, Advertising
Course Provider – Skillshare
Version – Free 

5. Supply Chain Logistics offered by Rutgers the State University of New Jersey 

Duration – 10 hours
Focused Skills – Warehouse Management, Supply Chain, Inventory Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

6. Fundamentals of GIS 

Duration – 28 hours
Focused Skills – Data Visualization, Data Analysis, Spatial Analysis
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

7. Six Sigma Principles by University System of Georgia

Duration – 13 hours
Focused Skills – Lean Management, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

8. Data-driven Decision Making offered by PwC

Duration – 9 hours
Focused Skills – Data Analysis, Data Visualization, Big Data
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

9. Market Research and Consumer Behavior by IE Business School

Duration – 5 hours
Focused Skills – Data Analysis, Market Research, Consumer Behaviour
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

10. Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers University of Pennsylvania

Duration – 9 hours
Focused Skills – Financial Data Sets, Financial Reporting
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

11. Get certified in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing 

Duration – 40 hours
Focused Skills – Digital Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing
Course Provider – Google
Version – Free

12. Understand customers needs and online behaviours

Duration – 1 hour
Focused Skills – Business Strategy, Analytical skills, Data Insights
Course Provider – Google
Version – Free

Intermediate Courses

The below-listed courses are specially designed for management professionals who have some prior experience and comprehension of the subject matter. These courses mostly cover subjects like Business Analytics, MBA Courses, Financial Management, Digital Marketing, Data Analytics, etc. 

13. Introduction to Business Analytics: Communicating with Data by Illinois 

Duration – 17 hours
Focused Skills – Data Analysis, Business Analytics, Storytelling
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

14. An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof

Duration – 8 hours
Focused Skills – Financial modelling, Taxation, Investment Banking
Course Provider – Udemy
Version – Paid

15. Investment Management in an Evolving and Volatile World by HEC Paris and AXA Investment Managers

Duration – 14 hours
Focused Skills – Investment Management, Asset Management, Portfolio Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

16. Advanced Content and Social Tactics to Optimize SEO

Duration – 17 hours
Focused Skills – Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Digital marketing
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

17. Advanced Search Engine Optimization Certification Training 

Duration – 25 hours
Focused Skills – Search Engine Optimization, Digital marketing, Data Analysis
Course Provider – Simplilearn
Version – Paid

18. Beginner to Pro in Excel: Financial Modeling and Valuation

Duration – 12 hours
Focused Skills – Excel skills for financial functions
Course Provider – Udemy
Version – Paid

19. Applying Data Analytics in Marketing by Illinois

Duration – 18 hours
Focused Skills – Marketing Analytics, Data Analysis
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

20. Financial Risk Management with R

Duration – 15 hours
Focused Skills – Risk Management, R Programming, Financial Risk Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

21. Sales Strategy

Duration – 13 hours
Focused Skills – Strategic sales Management, Analytical tools, and techniques, Sales Planning
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

22. PMP Exam Prep Seminar – PMBOK Guide 6

Duration – 24.5 hours
Focused Skills – Strategic sales Management, Analytical tools, and techniques, Sales Planning
Course Provider – Udemy
Version – Paid

Supportive Courses

The below-listed courses are designed for all levels of management professionals and cover a list of topics which helps in increasing overall productivity of both an individual professional and an organization. These courses mostly cover topics like Team Management, Communication & Presentation Skills, People Management, etc. 

23. Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups offered by University of Colorado Boulder

Duration – 12 hours
Focused Skills – Communication, Teamwork, Conflict Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

24. The Complete Presentation and Public Speaking/Speech Course

Duration – 16 hours
Focused Skills – Presentation skills, Communication, Speech delivery
Course Provider – Udemy
Version – Paid

25. Resolve Conflicts at Work

Duration – 8 hours
Focused Skills – Presentation skills, Communication, Speech delivery
Course Provider – OpenClassroom
Version – Discounts available 

26. Converting Challenges into Opportunities by University of California San Diego

Duration – 12 hours
Focused Skills – Problem-solving, Creative Thinking, Emotional Intelligence
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

27. Leadership and Emotional Intelligence by Indian School of Business (ISB)

Duration – 16 hours
Focused Skills – Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free to audit

28. Lesson | Business English Skills: How to Write Effective Openings and Closings to Emails by University of Washington 

Duration – 16 hours
Focused Skills – Business Writing, Business communication
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free

29. The Manager’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work

Duration – 20 hours
Focused Skills – Leadership, Decision Making, People Management
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free

30. Managing the Company of the Future by University of London LBS

Duration – 13 hours
Focused Skills – Strategic Management, Management Theory, Leadership
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free

31. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills by University of Michigan

Duration – 16 hours
Focused Skills – Strategic Negotiations, Communication
Course Provider – Coursera
Version – Free

32. Speaking in public

Duration – 1 hour
Focused Skills – Body Language, Public speaking, Professional Presentation
Course Provider – OpenClassroom
Version – Free

The Parting Note

Taking up short term courses has multiple long term benefits like the learning time is less and thus you can consume more. Also, most of these courses are very interactive and include multiple real-life case studies that lure you to binge on them.

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