Career Essentials

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Corporate College

Advance your career goals through job search, resume writing, networking and more. If you’re seeking a career change, or just entering the job market, Career Essentials will provide you with the knowledge to showcase your skills and abilities.

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Listening Beyond the Words: Building Communication Skills

Ineffective listening can block the success of any business. Are you hearing your customers' needs and desires? Are your relationships with colleagues and co-workers harmonious? Learn to build skills that enhance your working and personal relationships. Class will focus on the fundamentals of effective listening and eliminating defensiveness in the communication process. Discover blocks hindering good listening, build positive interaction, in-depth listening skills and appropriate feedback. Lunch on your own.
BUSN:713 | 1 session | $46 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | Tu 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Jean Walters | April 9 | Corp. College, 207

Discover Your Career Passion

You spend a good part of your life expressing yourself through work and career. For that reason, it is important to discover a path that offers joy and value in what you do. In this class, we'll help you to convert that passion into a career path through the use of worksheets and discussions. You have always known what you love, now discover your career passion.
CPDV:702 | 1 session | $47 Age 60+ | $65 Regular
P04 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Jean Walters | April 16-23 | MC-BA, 114
• NOTE: Class dates changed.

Finding Job Leads

Learn how to find job leads (i.e. internet, recruiters, staffing companies, placement services, associations, and job fairs), navigate job boards, the importance of networking and the role social networking can now play in your job search. This interactive workshop is necessary for all those job seeking-no matter the industry. Class will provide you with the tools necessary to find job leads in today's market.
CPDV:705 | 1 session | $20 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | W 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Feb. 6 | Corp. College, 205

Resume Workshop: Impress Potential Employers

Attend this interactive resume writing workshop on how to develop an effective resume for today's job market. Learn how to provide a great first impression to obtain the job interview, how to advertise your qualifications focusing on the kind of work you can do and want to do, highlight your most important accomplishments and focus on the link between the company needs and the benefits you will provide.
CPDV:704 | 1 session | $20 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Feb. 19 | Corp. College, 205

Plus 50 Employment: The Purpose, Process and Payoff

Whether you have been laid off from your job as a result of the economy or company restructuring or are looking to get into a different career path, individuals over age fifty may find that the job seeking and employment process is vastly different from years ago. Come learn about the unique challenges that older workers may face including researching companies, locating online job search databases, updating your resume to match your skills with prospects, networking, skill enhancement tools, interview styles, local resources, branding statements and more. You'll receive information from industry experts to help you find the path to opportunities.
CPDV:701 | 2 sessions | $38 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Edwin Penfold | Feb. 21-28 | MC-BA, 112

Plus 50: Explore the Rewards of the Volunteering Pathway

Are you looking for ways to thrive and give back in retirement? Wondering how you'll use your time meaningfully? Where will you choose to put your energy? In this workshop we will look at ways to recycle and revive your dreams while rethinking your opportunities through volunteering. Explore the volunteer pathway with an experienced life coach and the support of like-minded fellow participants.
CPDV:702 | 1 session | $29 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P03 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Carol Watkins | March 9 | MC-SO, 107

Plus 50: Finding Purpose and Passion in the Third Chapter

Are you facing the uncharted post-career years and wondering what's next? Many of us in the third chapter of life feel unsettled, restless and adrift. We believe the years between 50 and 75 can be some of the best, but don't know how to make sense of the changes we're facing. If you are looking for new meaning in work and life, this powerful interactive learning experience will teach you how to tap into the power of purpose. Whether you're seeking an encore career, looking for enlivening volunteer work or reinventing your sense of identity, knowing your purpose will guide you to increased vitality, creativity and fulfillment. Bring a sack lunch.
CPDV:702 | 1 session | $40 Age 60+ | $65 Regular
P01 | Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins | Feb. 23 | MC-SO, 107
P02 | Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins | April 13 | MC-SO, 107

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