Course Code: GES420
Learn the fundamental skills required to thrive in a professional setting. Understand different learning styles and the technology that’s available for educational purposes. You’ll also cover methods for time, stress, and anger management as they relate to the professional world.
Understand how to effectively deal with conflict in a professional setting. You’ll learn how to communicate positively and proactively in the workplace, and also learn about ethical behavior and sexual harassment.
Master the most effective learning and study habits, including memory techniques, note taking, reading comprehension, and more. Understand the qualities that comprise an effective learning environment and become aware of the deterrents to educational success.
Discuss factors that are often used as motivation for success. Learn how to embrace change and solve problems using critical thinking techniques.
Understand the various means of communication you will need to employ in a professional setting including written, verbal, and face-to-face styles. Learn the difference between being assertive and being aggressive when dealing with a negative situation, and how to network for success.
Learn the definition of stress, its symptoms and causes. You’ll cover best techniques for managing stress and anxiety in the work place. Additionally, this course will cover how to increase emotional intelligence and the best ways to deal with conflict in the workplace.
General Career Preparation 1: Semester 1
Professional Uses of Technology
Security in Technology
21st-Century Written Business Communication
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Communication and Diversity
Communication in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment Awareness
General Career Preparation 1: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
General Career Preparation 1: Semester 2
Basics of Note-Taking
Understanding and Improving Study Habits
Effective Environments for Learning
Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
What is Motivation?
Trust and Motivation
Change as a Motivator
Critical Thinking Basics
Problem Solving Model
Improving Decision Making
General Career Preparation 1: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
General Career Preparation 2: Semester 1
Verbal Business Communication
Written Business Communication
Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
Communicating in Difficult Situations
Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
Communicating by Telephone
Networking for Success
General Career Preparation 2: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
General Career Preparation 2: Semester 2
What is Stress?
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Sources of Stress
Techniques for Managing Stress
Anxiety and Stress
Mindset and Stress
Stress and Values Clarification
Stress at Work
Emotional Intelligence (EI)
Emotional Intelligence Skills
Addressing Violent Situations
General Career Preparation 2: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
Karen Panerali has more than 20 years of experience in instruction, curriculum development, and academic support. Her teaching experience includes high school, college, and corporate training settings. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and a Master of Arts in liberal arts studies.
Kimberly Sher has been an academic coach for more than 13 years. Previously, she was a science instructor at the University of Miami. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in chemistry education.
Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy and a Master’s degree in history.
Shauna Paedae is a Math Academic Support Instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s degree in statistics, a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and 31 years of teaching experience.
All students entering Career Online High School must be at least 16 years of age prior to the first day of class and have successfully completed the 8th Grade at an accredited institution. Minors will be required to obtain parental consent to enrollment and acknowledgment of responsibility.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Smart Horizons Career Online High School is an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC-accredited program. We're also approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
The career component of this course takes an estimate of 120 hours to complete; however, the hours for the High School Diploma general education can vary based on the number of high school credits you have prior to enrollment. All of our courses are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given eighteen months to complete this course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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Once you are ready to start the course, our Registrar will analyze your transcripts and apply credits for any course work you completed that fulfils our credit transfer requirements. Elective credits do not apply since the electives we offer are necessary in you earning your career certification. Click here to download the transcript request form.
Your Academic Coach will connect you with one of our certified instructors to provide you with additional academic support, when needed.
To arm you with the tools you need to find a job, we will teach you to create essential documents, such as your resume and a cover letter.
A GED or General Equivalency Diploma requires you to pay for an exam. Preparing for the exam does not always provide you with the learning opportunities you could benefit from completing coursework. Additionally, this course gives you the benefit of also earning a career certificate. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you so research all of your options so that you can make an informed decision. Also, ask friends, family and employers what their opinion is!