Course Code: pie
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 Cal State Long Beach. Her experience includes managing large staff in medical billing and collections and as a program manager to various medical practices.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
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 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 three-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 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 three-month access expires.
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: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
With my present responsibilities I would not have been able to attend regular classes so the convenience of this course was tremendous. The course covered a lot of ground quickly, but the on-line resources were wonderful, and I hope to make use of them often. Thanks for the opportunity to participate."
I enjoyed the wide variety of topics of this course. One course with so many useful subjects."
This course is extremely helpful for career change, and also current employment advancement and management. Most of the concepts can also be applied to daily life encounters such as time and stress management. Tony and Becky are wonderful and I have already recommended this course to many people."
Thank you, I can't believe how much really good information I received, for an excellent price. But even better were your thoughtful comments directed at helping me make the most of the course and the information."
Thank you so much! I have printed out all of the lessons and quizzes and the final results for future reference! You guys are amazing instructors. I have never enjoyed taking any course as much as this one! You were very quick to answer any questions, the lessons were easy to follow, and the quizzes and tests weren't confusing at all. Thanks for all the wonderful information you provided!"
Thank You! This class will not only be helpful in work, but also with life."
This course has been very helpful. The content and supplementary materials are excellent. I especially appreciated the instructor comments. Thank you very much!"
This course has given me great and helpful insight on items I need to do to improve my individual excellence on a personal and professional level. I will definitely put them to use right away."
This course was very effective in my goal setting areas of my life and helped to understand how to pursue my dreams and accomplish my goals. I would recommend this class."
This is my first online course and I truly enjoyed it and will take more in the near future."