5 online courses you can enroll in now to boost your employability

Things can change quickly in the world, and with more free time amid the pandemic, many are considering a career change, pursuing new hobbies, or exploring their online course options.

According to Statistics Canada, three-quarters of Canadians (75%) reported engaging in online activities more often since the start of the pandemic, with 29% having taken online training or learning between November 2020 and March 2021.

If you’re already spending time online and hoping to develop a new set of skills to boost your career or perhaps jump to a degree or diploma, microtitles could help you get there, no matter where you are. in life.

At Royal Roads University (RRU), you can choose from a curated selection of online courses that allow you to significantly expand not only your skills, but also your potential and perspective. With that in mind, we’ve put together five courses taught by experienced industry experts for you to consider.

Communication skills in the workplace

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Strong communication skills are needed in the workplace now more than ever, with hybrid and distant cultures here to stay. In this micro-certification program, which takes place entirely online, you will learn how to communicate with impact and clarity by focusing on the tools necessary for effective verbal and written communication.

Plus, you’ll develop the skills to navigate difficult conversations, manage conflict effectively, and hone your mindful listening and communication skills. In just four weeks, you’ll improve the skills to inspire your team with targeted communication strategies while reducing the risk of misunderstandings – without ever putting your career on hold or wasting time on your schedule.

Lead projects in a digital environment

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Spearheading projects in the office before the pandemic looked a little different than they do in a remote setting. Those in management or leadership positions need transferable skills that will help them lead teams and projects down the line.

People-centered leadership is an integral part of an organization’s strategic planning initiatives, and this online microcredit strives to equip students with the ability and confidence to lead teams and projects and improve their contribution to the workplace. Additionally, the less than one-year program can act as a building block for a bolder future, creating a pathway to the Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership to RRU.

Supervisory skills

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If you’re eager to take the next step in your career in a supervisory or management role, this online micro-certification program might be the perfect fit for you. It is organized to connect to labor market needs and structured to allow you to take the transferable skills and confidence you develop and apply them in the workplace.

By exploring the areas of writing for business, difficult conversations, people and performance management, and leadership with emotional intelligence, the program provides learners with the tools, skills, and techniques essential to a foundation in supervision and management. Upon completion, it gives you the opportunity to move into mid-level supervisory, service-oriented, and administrative roles. Depending on the courses you take, it is possible to complete this program in less than a year.

The essentials of business administration

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Whether you’re looking to take your career to the next level or start a side business, completing this micro-certifications program could be incredibly beneficial to your future success. This is another fully online condensed course that structures training to connect directly to labor market needs, giving participants more options in administrative and service-oriented work.

Learners can complete the program in less than a year, providing an accessible way to study in conjunction with your regular work routine. During the program, you will learn about business fundamentals, the foundations of operations management, writing for business, and leadership styles. While improving your skills, you will also complete an integrated assessment.

Referee training course

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Are you interested in the law? Whether you are a lawyer or not, you can take the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of British Columbia’s (ADRBC) interactive online arbitrator training course through RRU. The nine-week program equips you with the skills to become an effective referee and opens the door to future application.

You will learn the basics of the law governing contract law, British Columbia arbitration law, a review of the conduct of arbitration proceedings, and the most commonly used rules of court. Participants will emerge from the program better able to analyze and evaluate different types of evidence, write well-reasoned arbitral awards, and conduct in-person arbitration hearings, as well as paper-only and remote hearings.


Micro-credentials are not new to RRU; the university has offered them in various forms for years and supports the quality of education provided by these “small” programs. In addition to creating a more affordable and flexible path to education, the programs allow students to learn from faculty members who work directly in the fields they teach, sharing course content relevant to the current moment.

To start your next professional chapter and discover more micro-certificate online courses, visit royalroads.ca/micro.

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