Individual Excellence

The Individual Excellence course will teach you twelve vital career-enhancing skills. You will establish a clear career path and use skills like interpersonal communication and time management to achieve your goals. You will also learn how to utilize your creativity and problem-solving skills to work through adversity.
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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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.

What you will learn

  • Understand goal setting, time management, and personal organization
  • Learn how to improve your creative abilities, gain confidence with financial matters, and how to minimize conflict
  • Learn how to develop a useful career plan
  • Learn to become a better communicator using both written and verbal communication

How you will benefit

  • Develop a fulfilling career plan
  • Learn how to improve relationships with co-workers, friends, and family
  • Become a better and more confident communicator
  • Increase productivity and accomplish a greater number of objectives

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. By learning to manage your time better, you'll be able to increase your productivity and accomplish more of your goals.

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.

Life requires choices, and choices require risks. Taking and avoiding risks is a normal part of everyday life. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Becky Swaim has taught since 2000, focusing on Administrative Assistant Fundamentals, Administrative Assistant Applications, and Individual Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach. Her experience includes managing large staff in medical billing and collections and as a program manager to various medical practices.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course 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 have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 within the allotted access period.

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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.