BERKELEY, CA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UC Berkeley Extension is pleased to announce that registration for the Fall 2022 semester is now open. With hundreds of courses available now, you can fill your own skills gap by acquiring not only competency-based knowledge, but also important soft skills. If you’re looking to make a career change, advance in your current field, or become a competitive applicant for a graduate program, you need to catch up quickly.
In today’s workforce, jobs are becoming increasingly hybrid, mixing human and technical skills — and employers and employees are still struggling to keep up.
For example, numerous job postings for qualifications in the areas of data analytics, project management and business analysis also require excellent communication skills, problem-solving and time management. How to close the knowledge gap and balance hard and soft skills?
“Education is a great way to fill that skills gap,” said Frederick T. Wehrle, associate dean of academic affairs. “People around you may be talking about new tools and methods they are using, and job descriptions may seem intimidating. At the same time, employers are unable to hire enough people and you just lack a few specific competencies or skills to take your next step. At the UC Berkeley Extension, you don’t need to complete an entire program or certificate to hone your skills and stay abreast of the latest developments in your field. You can choose courses based on the areas you think you are lacking. In addition, our courses also allow you to connect with people who are currently employed, so you can get an idea of what their jobs and industry are like.”
When you take a course, you learn from experts who share their hands-on experience and bring those hard skills to life. At the same time, you will expand your professional network and acquire employer-oriented soft skills such as reliability, the ability to work in a team and cooperation, flexibility and problem-solving.
Refresh or improve your communication skills with the writing workshop, Effective Writing in the Workplace or Business Communication: Writing and Speaking.
Math and statistics influence every profession – from animation to public health – as well as our daily lives. Increase your critical thinking with an introduction to statistics.
There isn’t a company today that can’t use some aspects of project management in a very fluent way. Taking an introductory course will expand your leadership and management skills. Build on your collaborative skills in Business Negotiating or Effective Leadership and Management.
“The job market has changed rapidly in recent years,” notes Assistant Dean Sharon Doyle. “We see young graduates taking up positions that don’t fully reflect their undergraduate studies. Professionals who have been in their role for the past five or ten years are suddenly inundated with data to make decisions while having to demonstrate their creativity and adaptability. So it’s a great time to reflect on your academic and professional path, identify those skill gaps – whether it’s technical skills or a soft core competency – and take advantage of the benefits of open enrollment at the UC Berkeley Extension.”
Ensure you are ready for the rapidly changing future of the work landscape by identifying your own skill gaps and strengthening your skills.
Get started today
Visit extension.berkeley.edu to see our many fall offers! From project management to proofreading to post-baccalaureate programs, you’re sure to find a course or certificate that fits your goals.
Just sign up for a course and you’re good to go – no application required. It’s time to start your educational journey.
About UC Berkeley Extension
Founded in 1891, the UC Berkeley Extension has served as the professional and continuing education department of the University of California, Berkeley for more than 130 years. More than 17,000 students enroll in our 2,000+ courses and 70+ programs each year. Committed to meeting students where they are, UC Berkeley Extension offers courses entirely online, in person and in virtual classrooms. Classes with live lectures meet mostly in the evenings and weekends to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Free public events are also frequently held as part of our service to the local community.
The UC Berkeley Extension is – like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments of the University of California, Berkeley – accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).