The benefits of continuing education are self-explanatory. Whether you’re in the middle of your career or just getting started at the bottom of the ladder, taking complementary classes and advanced training will not only boost your marketability but also enhance your self-image.

And speaking of training, Able Recognition knows just what skill-specific courses you should pursue today that can have a huge impact on your career.

Everyone is much better off with advanced leadership and management skills. You can now acquire these skills through the Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization course offered by the University of Illinois through Coursera. The course focuses on teaching the skills necessary to manage people and organizations as well as practical knowledge to formulate and implement a strategy. Learners are awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the course.   

You can’t solve a problem unless you can get to the root cause. Available on, this course teaches techniques for identifying the root cause(s) of problems, generating options, and selecting the best possible solution. Better still, you’ll learn ways to analyze the whole system when the problem you’re seeing is just a symptom of the underlying issue. You’ll be taught how to use mind maps and decision trees to solve such complex situations as well as how to harness your creativity to come up with more insightful solutions.

Technical Support Fundamentals is the first of a series of courses offered at Coursera aimed at preparing learners with the skills required of an entry-level IT Support Specialist. Among other things, you’ll be introduced to the world of Information Technology (IT) and learn about the different facets of IT, from computer hardware to internet basics, computer software, troubleshooting, and customer support.

When you’re stressed, the brain can’t focus on what you’re doing, often resulting in lowered productivity. If not managed, this stress can become serious and even cause clinical depression, a very serious health condition. Don’t let stress ruin your life. The Managing Stress course offered by Todd Dewett teaches how to overcome your anxieties and take control over stressful situations. You’ll learn to identify triggers, manage responses, and make positive life choices.

In an increasingly demanding world where we’re required to take on dozens of different tasks every day, a lack of organization and prioritization could spell your downfall. The Priority Management course offered by Priority is a set of world-class training programs designed to help workers develop skills and competencies needed to gain control over day-to-day work, find balance, and successfully reach desired goals. The course is available for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Negotiation isn’t only for business people. Even in the office, you need to be a good negotiator when requesting raises and promotions. In fact, negotiations skills could be critical in getting that dream job. Offered by the Harvard Business School (HBX), the Negotiation Mastery course prepares both the head and heart for the world of negotiations. Using a highly engaging mix of interactive videos, multi-media cases, learning exercises, and written reflections, you’ll learn everything you need to become a negotiation master inside and outside the office.

There are many other courses out there that teach other useful skills to advance your career. But, these six would be an excellent starting point.