Personal development is key to success in and out of the workplace. You can develop career-enhancing skills in a single course that covers twelve popular one-day seminar topics, including goal setting, time management, and personal organization. You will learn how to improve your creative abilities, gain confidence with financial matters, and how to minimize conflict in your life. By the time you finish this course, you will have developed a fulfilling career plan and will hold the skills to improve your interpersonal relationships.
INTRODUCTION; YOUR CAREER PLAN
Career planning creates a road map for your life. This lesson will show you how to develop a useful career plan. Effective career planning begins with a self-assessment, continues on to researching potential career moves, and ends with goal setting.
GOAL SETTING AND CREATIVITY
Your first lesson identified goal setting as an important ingredient in developing your career plan. Now that you saw a step-by-step process for creating and implementing meaningful goals, this lesson will investigate even more of the elements to effective goal setting.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (GETTING PEOPLE TO LISTEN AND LISTENING SO PEOPLE SPEAK)
Whenever two or more people interact, communication takes place. This lesson will teach you how to become a better verbal communicator. You will develop a clear message and improve your listening and understanding of body language and other forms of nonverbal communication.
Now that you have a good understanding of verbal communication, it’s time to discuss written communication. This lesson introduces the principles and concepts that will help you plan, organize, and write out your ideas so that you can be a master communicator.
BECOMING AND STAYING ORGANIZED
Personal organization is a highly desirable goal, but one that many people find hard to achieve. The keys to personal organization are awareness, preparation, execution, and follow-through. The objective for this lesson is to help you use these keys to open the doors that will lead to organization skills.
PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION-MAKING
Life is filled with opportunities, problems, and choices. This lesson examines the key elements of problem solving, present a model of decision-making, and discuss how to use numerical methods to arrive at the best solutions.
TIME MANAGEMENT (TAKING CONTROL)
This lesson focuses on time management, which should really be called self-management. The ability to use time wisely makes it easier to accomplish tasks, improves performance, and reduces stress. So, your goal should be to use time to increase your productivity and accomplish a greater number of objectives.
STRESS MANAGEMENT (IS STRESS DESIRABLE?)
Stress is an unavoidable part of life and can’t be eliminated. In this lesson, you will learn what stress really is and how to identify where it comes from. You will also discover how it can affect you and which stress reduction and coping strategies work best.
RISK MANAGEMENT (HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TAKE?)
Risk taking and risk avoiding are parts of everyday life. Life requires choices and choices require risks. This lesson will help you understand what risk is and present concepts and strategies to help you take calculated risks and make the right choices.
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (SHOULD IT BE AVOIDED?)
Most people dislike conflict, but it’s often unavoidable. Contrary to what many people think, conflict is not necessarily undesirable. In this lesson, you will learn where conflict comes from and examine different strategies that can help you manage it constructively.
FINANCIAL SKILLS (PART I)
Some people call accounting the language of business. This lesson explores the differences between bookkeeping and accounting, shows you various types of accounting methods, and walks you through the two most widely used financial statements.
FINANCIAL SKILLS (PART II)
Your final lesson further explores accounting and finance. You will learn about various types of costs, determine what cash flow really means, identify key differences between financial and cost accounting, and explore how to make rational investments.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accessible at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.