What were the top professional development trends in 2019?
In 2019, Executive Education offered more than 40 different Short Course topics. Over 1,000 professionals from a range of industries participated in our interactive workshops. We discovered some insightful data about professional development priorities in New Zealand.
Top sectors which benefited from our programmes
Our courses were successfully delivered to individuals representing 26 industries, with most participants from the Education (16.5%), Government (9.5%), Manufacturing (9.2%), Professional (8.1%), Financial (6.8%) and Healthcare (7.1%) sectors. Past participants have found it interesting to get a better understanding of professional challenges across different industries and have experienced benefits in networking opportunities.
Top courses for middle and senior managers
- Based on our registration data from last year, our most popular courses among middle-level managers were Project Management (8%), Leadership (21.7%), Management (10.6%), Strategy (10%) and Finance (8.9%).
- Based on our registration data from last year, our most popular courses among senior-level managers were Leadership (43.6%), Strategy (23.6%), Management (10.9%), Finance (9.1%) and Industry 4.0, which delves into cutting-edge topics such as blockchain technology and digital transformation (3.6%).
- Emerging courses in leadership, which have attracted middle-management professionals, included Emotional Intelligence: Engaged Leadership and Negotiation Skills: Influencing to Convincing.
Popular skills development journeys
Our registration data from 2019 show a trend in professional development progression for returning participants.
- The majority of participants who completed Project Management went on to attend Portfolio & Programme Management and The Agile Mindset.
- Most of those who completed Finance for Non-Financial Managers progressed into Strategic Management
and Budgeting, Forecasting & Strategic Planning.
- Most of those who attended Emotional Intelligence went on to upskill in Negotiation Skills and Dealing with Difficult Personalities.
- The skills development journey for most participants who completed Management Fundamentals was to progress to Emotional Intelligence and Advanced Management.
- The majority of participants who have completed Negotiation Skills went on to attend Strategic Planning for Senior Executives and Key Account Management.
Most popular courses by sector
- The Education and Training sector has a consistently high participation rate across the board when it comes to professional development, and recently, especially interested in upskilling modern-day topical subjects within Industry 4.0, such as Blockchain and Big Data.
- Other industries that had a high interest in developing finance skills included Manufacturing & Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (10.4%), Transport, Postal & Warehousing (10.6%), and Health Care & Social Assistance (9.1%) sectors.
- Industries particularly looking to refine their professional skills in Project Management were Government/Public (16.3%), Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services, and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (10.9).
- Leadership courses were most popular among participants from the Education & Training (16.7%), Manufacturing (13.6%) and Government/Public (13.2%) sectors.
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