Santander Skills: courses to acquire the soft skills that make a difference

07/03/2023 | Santander Universidades

If you take a look at employment websites, you'll find that the job offers no longer only ask for a specific qualification. For example, "a degree in Finance is required and an MBA is desirable" now goes together with other requirements such as: "requires strategic vision, leadership skills, a proactive outlook", etc. 

This is because nowadays, 9 out of every 10 companies have problems recruiting professionals with the suitable soft skills, according to the Bridging the Soft Skills Gap report. However, it is precisely here where Santander Courses can help to develop the necessary skills to turn you into the perfect candidate for any company. 

What are skills courses?

In a society where technology rules, the workforce has to reinvent itself and acquire new skills and competencies that machines are not capable of. In fact, according to one report published by economists Ziad Daoud and Scott Johnson in 2020, robots will carry out around 800 million jobs globally in the coming years

However, to avoid being replaced by an android or by software, there are various skills courses available to you. These training initiatives focus on enabling the participants to acquire such soft skills as the current market needs. In other words, unlike traditional training, which focuses on learning the technical aspects of a specific career field, these skills courses are designed so that you can add skills to your CV that allow you to develop yourself further in the workplace, bringing that something extra that a machine cannot provide

Specifically, we are speaking of leadershipcommunication, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, time management, emotional control, strategic vision, and more. 


What Santander Skills Courses are available?

Being aware of the constant changes underway in the workplace, Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, is offering the chance for professionals of any age to continue to learn and develop the soft skills they need to enhance their employability. Which Santander Skills Courses are available for you to make your CV stand out in the current highly competitive job market?

Santander Course | Business For All - Harvard Business School Publishing

Within Santander Skills Courses, you can find the Santander Course | Business for All 2024. Consists of 5,000 seats aimed at people who want to improve their skills and take on the world of work. 

With this course, you will gain access to a 100% online, 9-week training course on which you will acquire the key know-how and skills to develop your career. And depending on your career goals, you can choose one of these courses on offer:

  • Business Fundamentals: you will learn the fundamentals in core areas such as finance and marketing to make decisions, communicate with other units and align your work with good business practices. You will also learn to set targets, collect and analyse data, and use measurement to better understand and manage individual and team performance. This way you will better understand your customers so you can meet their changing needs and improve their experience. Finally, you will learn to prepare and conduct effective negotiations and how to balance competing interests.

  • Managing yourself: you will learn to evaluate alternatives that generate better results and to more effectively manage time to improve decision making. Moreover, you will learn how to build trust and how to put into practice your influencing skills. You will discover how to properly build your career, understanding yourself, identifying opportunities in setbacks, and making learning a lifelong habit.

As with previous Santander Skills Courses, this certified course is delivered fully online, in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, with on-demand content, live sessions, virtual debates, interaction with other colleagues and practical exercises through which to apply the learning delivered by experts from Harvard Business School Publishing, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. 


So, if you are a professional over 18 years old - whether or not you have a university degree - and you reside in Argentina, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States or Uruguay, you can sign up for the Santander Course | Business for All 2024 before June 10th, 2024. Now's the perfect time to acquire or improve your skills and knowledge in areas such as Marketing, Finance, Negotiation or Customer Management!

Santander Scholarships Skills | MBA Essentials 2024 - London School of Economics

The Santander Course | MBA Essentials 2024 – LSE is available to you. This is a ten-week, 100% online certificate course, in which you will quickly and practically learn the essential business skills, both soft and hard skills, to be able to make better decisions and have a greater impact on your organisation.

In fact, thanks to this Santander Skills Scholarship, you will take an in-depth look at the three pillars of business management and leadership taught in an MBA: 

  • Strategy: is designed to identify and maximise your organisation’s strategic competitive advantage as you develop your understanding of the strategic environment and the market you operate within.

  • Finance: is aimed at learning how to analyse and optimise the performance of a business using technical business and accounting tools.

  • Leading teams: focuses on using insights of human behaviour and leadership frameworks to influence decisions at all levels of your organisation, and externally with investors and consumers, through greater knowledge of human behaviour and decision-making processes.

Reading materials and videos will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus and are downloadable. You will have access to a wide range of engaging content, including video lectures, infographics, real-world case studies, and more. 

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interact with your peers and learning facilitators through weekly class-wide forums and reviewed small group discussions and apply what you learn each week to quizzes and project submissions. For this, you will be supported by the best mentors and facilitators from The London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions in the fields of economics and business.

So, if you want to train in business management in a flexible way, at your own pace and at no cost, you can apply for one of the 1,000 seats for the Santander Course | MBA Essentials 2024 – LSE until 5 August 2024. 

As with previous Santander Courses, this certified course is delivered fully online, in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. The course has no cost for the beneficiaries and it is not necessary to have a university degree, nor to be a Banco Santander customer. You only need to be a professional over 18 years old interested in developing business skills to progress professionally. You must also be national or resident of one of the following countries: Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, United States, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom or Uruguay.



What impact will Santander Skills Courses have on your professional development?

Nowadays, having soft skills is not just a way to develop your career, it's basically a must-have if you want to enter the job market. In this respect, according to the What Workers Want 2020 report by the human resources consulting company Hays, soft skills are what most influence recruitment decisions, above the so-called hard skills. 

Ultimately, besides impacting recruitment, they also have an affect on performance. According to the 2019 Global Talent Trends report by LinkedIn, 89% of recruiters say that when a professional isn't the correct fit for their job, it's usually down to a lack of soft skills. Bearing this in mind, it's no surprise that some 94% of Human Resources experts admit that a staff member with good soft skills will be more likely to get promoted to positions of responsibility than others with greater experience but less developed soft skills, as indicated by the report The Soft Skills Job Seekers Need Now, by iCIMS Hiring Insights. 

Soft skills are basically the key to getting promoted to managerial and leadership positions. So if you'd like to make a qualitative leap in the workplace, check out the Santander Course | MBA Essentials 2024 – LSE to acquire the skills and knowledge you need in order to develop your career.

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