• Southeast Asia (SEA) learners, including those from the Philippines, spent over 2.6 million hours on LinkedIn Learning, showcasing 18.4% year-on-year growth, and indicating that more are building skills to future-proof their careers.
  • LinkedIn’s list this year reveals that courses on communicating confidently and effectively were among the most popular ones taken by SEA professionals and jobseekers
  • Critical thinking, as well as other hard skills in Excel and programming continued to be in high demand in the region.

The American business and employment-oriented online service said its list of the year’s most popular courses demonstrates that professionals and jobseekers in the Philippines and around SEA are embracing new soft skills, technical, and digital abilities to future-proof their professions against an uncertain economic background.

It said that 7.3 million people worldwide registered in the most popular courses on LinkedIn in the previous year (1 June 2021 – 30 June 2022) on its educational platform, LinkedIn Learning, which provides over 18,000 expert-led sessions.

The number of learners was almost twice that of the previous year, demonstrating that more people throughout the globe are developing skills to help them advance in their jobs. Learners in Southeast Asia spent over 2.6 million hours on LinkedIn Learning in the previous year, which is 18.4% more than the previous year.

With skills increasingly becoming the new currency for the future of work, Filipino learners have been actively engaging in upskilling and reskilling. Globally, the skills needed in any particular role have been changing quickly over time. As LinkedIn’s 2021 Future of Skills report notes, skills for a particular job in the Philippines have changed by 28% on average since 2015, with the pace of change accelerated during the pandemic. As the world of work continues to transform, this could potentially change by close to 50% (41% to 48%) by 2025, and there will also likely be three new skills required for a job then.

New LinkedIn data reveals that communications and strategic thinking know-how were some of the most in-demand soft skills among SEA learners, as courses on Speaking Confidently and Effectively (ranked #2), as well as Critical Thinking for Better Judgment and Decision Making (ranked #6), were among the top 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning sessions in SEA. This is against the backdrop of a more regular return to the office, as professionals in the region looked for guidance in being better at public speaking and navigating working more closely in teams.

There were also courses imparting “hard” or technical skills that round up the list such as Digital Marketing Foundations (ranked #8). Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) emerged as the most attended course by SEA’s LinkedIn community, indicating that people and organizations were invested in brushing up their data management skills.

A standout in the SEA learning results was a focus on customer service, reflecting the region’s fast-growing online marketplaces, with the pandemic seeing rapid adoption of digital services.

Individuals and enterprises in the Philippines are embracing upskilling and reskilling to adapt to the shifting economic landscape, changing consumer expectations, as well as labor market movements. The Philippine government has been emphasizing the value of skills development, launching initiatives such as the Philippine Skills Framework and new regulations as well as incentives to encourage organizations to boost their competitiveness and future-proof their businesses.

Frank Koo, Head of Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn, said Monday, “The most popular LinkedIn Learning courses shed light on the priorities of SEA professionals and all who are looking to dip their toes in the job market. There is a growing skills gap in the fast-evolving job market, and as digital transformation accelerates across businesses and industries, individuals and enterprises who build their competencies in soft and hard skills will be the ones who remain most competitive. Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, is moving towards a skills-based economy, along with the rest of the world, and we will see a diverse range of in-demand skills emerge for the future of work.”

Most popular courses on LinkedIn Learning in Southeast Asia in the past year (1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022), ranked in descending order

  1. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
    We have a lot of data at our fingertips these days. Being spreadsheet savvy can save you time and breathe new life into your data. Excel expert Dennis Taylor leads you through learning basic Excel skills such as organising data and performing calculations with simple functions, then introduces intermediate skills like building charts, PivotTables, and more.
  2. Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
    Adapted from the podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job, Pete Mockaitis is joined by professional speaker Diane DiResta to discuss tips and tricks for crafting impactful and informative presentations around what’s important to the audience. The conversation touches on strategies such as shifting your focus away from yourself to gain confidence, using body language and tone to deliver consistent messaging, and crafting a plan to recover from a worst-case scenario incident.
  3. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
    We all have projects to manage – from our personal to-do lists to large-scale corporate projects. Regardless of the scope of work, Bonnie Biafore will teach you the fundamentals of project management such as establishing clear project goals and objectives, meeting deadlines, and closing out projects. Sprinkled throughout the course are tips on how to communicate effectively with your project team.
  4. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
    Even the most gifted communicators can struggle with confidence, and confident individuals can find clear communication difficult. In this course, Jeff Ansell guides you through developing and honing this vital business skill. Topics covered include: how to organize your thoughts, how to use body and language to better express ideas, and how to overcome anxiety.
  5. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
    People may joke about 4D chess, but having the ability to think strategically in both space and time puts you at an advantage that will help you move forward – and up – in your career. In this course, Dorie Clark will teach you how to embrace a strategic mindset, how learning from the past can shape your vision of the future, how to be detailed in your strategic thinking, and how to share this skill with your team.
  6. Critical Thinking for Better Judgement and Decision-Making with Becki Saltzman
    The sheer pace of change and volume of information we encounter each day means many of us rely on biases and rule of thumb to make decisions. This course aims to break outmoded thinking to use objective and rational analysis to guide wise decision making. With an organisational focus, the course teaches skills that will improve how your team innovates, tackles challenges and navigates change.
  7. Excel: VLOOKUP and XLOOKUP for Beginners with Jess Stratton
    Time savings using Excel’s new look up functions isn’t just for power users and spreadsheet svengalis! Everyone can master Excel’s most powerful functions in a few steps once Jess Stratton has walked you through them. Learn how to write error-proof formulas and supercharge your spreadsheet skills in this mini course.
  8. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
    Digital marketing is constantly changing. Platforms come and go, trends ebb and flow, and then the next thing comes along. In this course, instructor Brad Batesole gives an overview of the building blocks of online marketing, then guides you through how to define your value proposition, identify your target market, and establish your goals and KPIs.
  9. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
    Developing the ability to think reflectively and address root-cause issues will make you a better decision-maker and a more reliable resource within your organisation. Leadership trainer and expert Mike Figliuolo outlines a series of techniques to help you develop your critical thinking skills by learning how to define the problem you’re trying to solve. Mike will then teach you a number of critical thinking methodologies that you can employ to better work through problems. He also provides guidance on how to develop this skill across your whole team.
  10. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
    Clear communication is essential to career success. In this course, Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou guide you through learning how to communicate more effectively in meetings, email messages, pitches, and presentations. You’ll learn about the four building blocks of communication – people, message, context, and listening – and how to apply them in a variety of professional circumstances.

To provide career advancement resources and tools to the professional community, LinkedIn is giving free access to its Top 10 Most Popular Courses on https://www.linkedin.com/learning August 31, 2022.

Also, check out the most popular courses on LinkedIn Learning globally, for free until 31 August 2022.



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