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Accountant Journey

  • 28 Courses | 12h 49m 6s
  • 1 Audiobook | 14h 36m 37s
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Accounting is an internal function that involves identifying, recording, summarizing, and reporting business transactions and financial events in an organization. If your organizational role is related to accounting or finance, you’ll most likely need solid financial acumen and a strong grasp of the accounting basics. Learn more about the skills and competencies required by Accountants. This Journey is based on real-time market information from Burning Glass Technologies and focuses on the role of the Accountant within organizations.

Finance & Budgeting

Given the importance of finance, it's in everyone's best interest to have some basic knowledge of some of the most important aspects of business finance such as budgeting and financial statements.

  • 5 Courses | 1h 49m 29s
  • 1 Audiobook | 14h 36m 37s

Excel Basics

Learn about how to get started, and then delve into the data manipulation techniques with Excel 2019 for Windows.

  • 6 Courses | 4h 39m 19s

Risk Management

Risk is an inevitable aspect of any business.  It's important that you mitigate or avoid the potential impact of a risk if it comes to pass, to ensure the long-term survival of your organization.

  • 5 Courses | 1h 42m 1s

Communication Skills & Managing Up & Across

Careful relationship management will make your job more enjoyable. You'll find that to work more effectively with your boss, you need to develop a rapport and good networking skills. Managing up can help you find enjoyment and reward in your current position.

  • 6 Courses | 2h 15m 32s

Data Basics

As industries, enterprises, and jobs become more data-intensive, data literacy is critical to effectively “talk data” with business colleagues and data and analytics professionals who support you in your work.  Learn more about the basics of data.

  • 6 Courses | 2h 22m 45s

COURSES INCLUDED

Basic Budgeting for Non-financial Professionals
It's not only  the Finance department that needs to understand budgeting and finance essentials. Given the importance of finance for non-finance professionals, it's in everyone's best interest to have some basic knowledge of one of the most important aspects of business finance – budgeting. In this course, you'll learn to identify the characteristics of an effective budget, the stages in planning one, and how to distinguish between budgets types. You'll also explore budgeting concepts and techniques such as historical and zero-based budgeting, variance analysis, capital budgeting, and performing budgeting calculations.
9 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Key Accounting Concepts and Principles
How do organizations communicate vital business and finance information? Achieving the utmost clarity in communication requires knowledge of financial management and a strong understanding of accounting basics. Accounting an internal function that involves identifying, recording, summarizing, and reporting business transactions and financial events in an organization. In this course, you’ll learn the core concepts and financial essentials of accounting, such as the accounting equation and its components, as well as the rule of debits and credits. You'll also develop your financial acumen by exploring the accounting cycle, and the effect of cash and accrual-based accounting systems.
7 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge
Recording, Posting, and Balancing the Books
If your organizational role is related to accounting or finance, you’ll most likely need solid financial acumen and a strong grasp of the accounting basics of recording, posting, and balancing your organization’s books. In this course, you’ll learn financial essentials related to bookkeeping, such as the steps in the accounting cycle that happen after transactions have been identified and analyzed. You'll learn how to carry out vital financial management activities, including how to make general and special journal entries, and how to post those transactions to accounts in the general and subsidiary ledgers. You'll also learn how to prepare trial balances and make adjusting entries.
9 videos | 25m has Assessment available Badge
Preparing Financial Statements and Closing Accounts
Developing your financial acumen is a must in today's economy, and improving your knowledge of accounting basics and financial management is a good first step. In this course, you'll explore the financial essentials that will enable you to understand key steps in the management of finance within the accounting cycle. You'll learn how, once you’ve worked your way through recording transactions and posting to ledgers, you’re ready to start preparing financial statements. You'll learn about Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Statements, and how they're interrelated. You'll also learn about the steps involved in closing accounts.
9 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge
Accounting for Stock Transactions
One of the great advantages of a corporate form of organization is it allows otherwise unaffiliated people to join in mutual ownership of a business. Therefore, everyone involved needs an understanding of the financial essentials and how they influence the company's overall financial management. Strengthening your own financial acumen with a knowledge of accounting basics is the first step. In this course, you'll learn about the key characteristics of finance within incorporated organizations. You'll explore how common financial transactions affect the corporations' financial position. You'll also learn concepts and accounting processes for corporate transactions, including those involving common and preferred stocks, treasury stocks, and dividends.
7 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge
Getting Started
Get started with Excel 2019, the spreadsheet application included with the Microsoft Office 2019 Suite. During this course, you will familiarise yourself with the interface and some of its features, including the ribbon, status bar, zoom, and various view modes. Begin the course by learning how to find the application on the desktop and open it. To get the most out of Excel, you need to understand how the interface is laid out, so the course next explores the application. This leads into the zoom function, which can be used to adjust how to visualize the spreadsheet in Excel by making data entries larger or smaller. Discover how to examine mode views, which in Excel features three different preset view modes: Normal, Page Layout, and Page Break. Conclude the course by observing how to move between documents, allowing work on multiple documents simultaneously while using a number of tools to organize a workspace.
5 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Creating & Saving Workbooks
Create a new spreadsheet and workbook, with Excel 2019. During this course, you will begin by learning how to create and open a document, and then learn how to use document templates. This leads into how to manage worksheets, which are used in Excel to manage different sets of data within a workbook. Next, observe how to save your worksheet or workbook as an Excel version or pdf; and recover unsaved documents. Learn how to insert headers and footers, useful if you have additional information to insert into a spreadsheet. Examine how to set your print area; adjust your print page layout, and then print your document. Discover how to check for compatibility issues; edit your document properties; and check for personal information in your document. The course concludes by showing how to create an accessible document, and how to protect your document or restrict all access with a password.
15 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Inserting & Manipulating Data
Delve into data manipulation techniques with Excel 2019 for Windows. In this course, learners can explore various ways to insert, edit, and manipulate data. Begin by learning how to select cells in order to apply changes to individual or multiple cells. Then learners will discover different ways of inserting, editing, and replacing data in a spreadsheet, and observe how to insert special characters. The course continues by demonstrating how to edit multiple worksheets simultaneously; delete items in a spreadsheet; and how to use the undo and redo actions. Explore how to create automatic data series; use the Flash Fill feature, and insert dropdown menus. Delve into configuring the spell check and autoCorrect options; transferring, and copying and pasting data. Complete this course by observing how to move data from one worksheet to another, and transpose a data range.
17 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Formatting Data
Refine your data's appearance with Excel 2019 for Windows. In this course, you will discover how you can align data, use colors and themes, resize rows and columns, and insert tables and borders in Excel 2019 to change data presentation. Learners will begin by observing how to set a data type, and then format and align their data. Next, observe how to use colors, which can help data stand out for the reader and make the table easier to read. Discover how to change the cell style; use document themes, and use formulas to modify the text case. Explore how to create clean, professional looking titles, and format titles to make them presentable. Create tables to ease organization; resize columns and rows; insert borders, and columns and rows. Conclude the course by observing how to transfer format styles.
14 videos | 49m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Illustrating Documents
Augment the descriptive power of your data with Excel 2019 for Windows. In this course, learners will discover how to insert and edit images, screenshots, and shapes, insert hyperlinks, and use the new Smart Lookup feature. Begin by learning how to insert an image or photograph, which can be used to illustrate your table, and then learn how to insert a screenshot. Discover how to edit an image, adjust its brightness, contrast, saturation levels, and apply different artistic effects or add a border. Learners can also observe how to create diagrams by using shapes and insert icons to help illustrate a worksheet. There are several different types of links that can be inserted into your document, including hyperlinks. Finally, learners will explore how to use the Smart Lookup tool in Excel to quickly access additional information about words used in a document.
7 videos | 41m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Using Basic Formulas
Put formulas to work with Excel 2019 for Windows. In this 12-video course, learners will observe how to work with formulas, including built-in formulas such as SUM and COUNT. You will begin by discovering how to insert a formula by using the function library, and then perform simple calculations within an individual cell. Explore how to use automated formulas in a table; create automated cumulative tools; and insert subtotals. Following on from this, you will learn how to count cells in a range by using different formulas, and then rank values, which is extremely useful if you want to find out where a particular value places on a list of data entries. The course also explores how to examine rounding a number, to round up or down your data values; use replacement formulas when you need to make changes; convert number types, and factorize the results of a division. Conclude the course by observing how to create random values.
12 videos | 51m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Using Strategic Thinking to Consider the Big Picture
Big-picture thinking stretches beyond the short term and considers how an organization can succeed in the long term. By thinking strategically about a problem using the bigger picture, you can elevate your perspective and get a better idea of the forces at play within your organization. This course describes how systems thinking can help you become skillful at making sense out of opposites and contradictions and better understand cause and effect while managing your department according to the business strategy. It explains actions you can take to encourage creative thinking and come up with solutions that take into account the bigger picture. You’ll also learn how understanding your organizational value chain can help you connect to the organization's strategy and implement it more effectively.
7 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Identifying Risks in Your Organization
Risk is an inevitable aspect of any business. As a manager, it's important that you mitigate or avoid the potential impact of a risk if it comes to pass, to ensure the long-term survival of your organization. This course focuses on the first step in managing risk, identifying risks to your organization. You’ll explore the difference between internal and external risks, and how some risks may actually present a strategic opportunity. You’ll also learn how to use some techniques that can help you identify risks and calculate the probability that they will occur, including root cause identification, the Delphi technique, and brainstorming sessions.
7 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Assessing Your Organization's Risks
Risk is a fact of life for businesses and one that will never just go away. But before you can start managing risk, you need to be able to assess a risk – as well as its probability  – in order to create a strategic plan that will enable you to avoid or mitigate its potential negative impact. In this course, you’ll learn some common techniques for assessing risk, including opportunity assessment, and threat assessment using FMEA – failure mode and effects analysis.
7 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Responding Effectively to Risks
The third step to take when managing risk, once you’ve identified and assessed risks to your organization, is to deal with them appropriately. Some risks may have a higher probability of becoming a reality than others, while others may have more of a negative impact. You’ll need to treat each of these types of risks differently. This course covers how to create an effective strategy for responding to risk, such as risk exposure adjustment and contingency planning. It also outlines specific strategic plans for dealing with a risk that may be a threat or an opportunity.
7 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Knowing When to Take Strategic Risks
Risk taking can revolutionize business, but you need to know when and how to take a strategic risk when the opportunity arises. Managing risk means effectively assessing a threat by recognizing the probability of that risk occurring and evaluating the impact of the risk should it occur. In this course, you'll learn to define strategic risk taking, what holds individuals back, and how to make calculated leaps of faith.
6 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Capturing the Attention of Senior Executives
Does your job require you to communicate critical information to c-suite executives, such as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)? Perhaps you have opportunities to influence executive decision making, but don't know how best to deliver your message. In order to make the most of your communication with senior executives, you need to be prepared. In this course, you'll learn how to shape your message so it's communicated clearly to your organization’s c suite. You’ll discover how to build your credibility with those at the senior level, such as the CFO, CIO, and COO. And you'll explore how to approach and plan meetings with senior executives, and how to make your case – whether it's with an elevator pitch or a formal report.
8 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Administrative Support: Working in Partnership with Your Boss
Whether you're an office administrator, an office assistant, a personal assistant, or an administrative assistant, job satisfaction and career advancement require you to build a partnership with your boss. Good boss relationships involve mastering administrator essentials, dealing effectively with different management styles and handling confrontations. In this course, you'll learn about building and maintaining a true partnership with your boss and how this can be beneficial. You'll also discover approaches for dealing with different management styles, as well as various techniques for handling any confrontations you may have with your boss. 
6 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge
Building Rapport with Your Boss
The relationship between you and your boss is a key factor in your career. Careful relationship management will make your job more enjoyable. You'll find that to work more effectively with your boss, you need to develop a rapport and good networking skills. Managing up can help you find enjoyment and reward in your current position. In this course, you'll learn the importance of managing relationships, and ways to build great boss relationships by recognizing their agenda and management style. You'll also learn strategies for building a strong professional relationship with your boss, and about various ways you can become aligned with your boss.
7 videos | 28m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
A Difficult Boss Doesn't Have to Be a Difficult Problem
Working for a difficult boss can be challenging. In this course, you will learn about the management styles, communication styles, and personality types of difficult bosses. You will also learn strategies for working with a difficult boss and what to do if a boss becomes abusive.
6 videos | 26m has Assessment available Badge
Expert Insights on Managing Up
Learn how to manage your manager and other higher-ups to help your career, performance, and productivity.  
15 videos | 42m available Badge
The Art and Science of Communication
There is a science behind communication, including how we react neuro-physiologically to others – through verbal communication such as their words and tone, as well as the non-verbal communication of their actions and body language. There's also an art to communication, allowing your authentic self to shine through and allowing the exchange with another person to unfold naturally. In this course, you’ll learn about the art and science of communication. You’ll explore techniques for connecting with your audience and building trust with them so that your communication intention is clear and understood. You’ll also learn the basic principles of assertive communication that is positive and not aggressive.
6 videos | 15m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Big Data Fundamentals
You've probably heard of big data technologies, but what exactly are they, and how can using big data give your organization a competitive advantage? In this course, you'll learn about dealing with big data, the benefits that big data strategies provide, and the types of data and data sets big data incorporates. You'll also be introduced to the different ways it can be applied, depending on your market sector. Finally, this course covers some fundamental security challenges of big data and some best practices for managing big data through an effective information lifecycle.
7 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Big Data Interpretation
Using big data can lead to significant gains for your organization. Managing big data effectively can lead to lower operating costs, better decision making, and innovative new product development. Dealing with big data means utilizing big data technologies to identify, gather, and analyze data sets and develop big data strategies that reap benefits for your organization. In this course, you'll learn about the data analysis process. You'll be introduced to the most common basic and advanced analytics methods, including data mining. You'll also learn about some of the most common big data tools and their associated uses, and some challenges to keep in mind when undertaking big data analysis activities in your organization.
8 videos | 21m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Organizing Business Data with Data Modeling
Modeling data can help businesses better organize and access data. Organizations rely on various kinds of data, including Big Data, to fully understand their business. To do so, they need that data to be easy to access and understand. Data modeling plays a critical role in both of these. In this course, you'll learn about the characteristics of data modeling, and the common styles and types of data models used. You’ll find out how the three levels of data modeling can provide a detailed blueprint of a company's data. And you'll also learn about common strategies for building data models, and how doing so improves an organization's daily operations.
7 videos | 33m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Exploring Data Visualization
The business world is full of data. Using this data strategically presents a company with serious competitive advantages. The tricky part is making sense of the data and then communicating what it means. Data visualization (or data viz, for short) provides actionable insights out of what can be complex sets of data. In this course, you'll learn the considerations for creating data visualizations and how to relay your message using data visualization tools. You’ll learn how to communicate clearly using data visualizing techniques. And you'll gain insight into how to use key design best practices to ensure your visualizations are clearly and accurately telling the story you want them to.
7 videos | 35m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Data Literacy for Business Professionals
As industries, enterprises, and jobs become more data-intensive, data literacy is critical to effectively “talk data” with business colleagues and data and analytics professionals who support you in your work. This course covers fundamental concepts in data management, data quality, data privacy and protection, and data governance. This course was developed with subject matter provided by the International Institute for Analytics. (www.iianalytics.com)
6 videos | 36m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Data and Analytics Technologies at Work
Companies increasingly rely on data and analytics to operate, improve, and compete, and it's critically important for business users to understand the technology categories that their organizations rely on to deliver analytics. This course covers the most common technologies in use today for delivering data and analytics, as well as the main options in technology selection and architecture. This course was developed with subject matter provided by the International Institute for Analytics. ([http://www.iianalytics.com)]www.iianalytics.com).
5 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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