Career Essentials

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec

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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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 will help you 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 REG
P05 Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Jean Walters
April 7 | MC-BA, 114

NEW! Professionally Polished: Designing your LinkedIn® Portfolio

Want to know how to stand out amongst professionals on the largest social network for business? Learn from a marketing executive how to build a dynamic portfolio on LinkedIn that will raise you to the top of your industry! At the end of this two-session class, be ready for your network connections to explode and take you to the next level in business. LinkedIn® is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.
CPDV:705 | 2 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P02 Th 6-8 p.m. | Sarah Guldalian
April 9-16 | MC-BA, 203

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+ | $55 REG
P01 Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins
Feb. 8 | MC-BA, 124
P02 Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins
April 11 | MC-BA, 124

Plus 50 Employment: The Purpose, Process and Payoff

Whether you have been recently laid off from your job as a result of the economy and 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 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 will receive information from industry experts to help you find the path to opportunities.
CPDV:701 | 2 sessions | $37.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P05 Th 6-9 p.m. | Edwin Penfold
Feb. 20-27 | MC-BA, 208

Plus 50: Explore the Rewards of the Volunteering Pathway

Are you looking for ways to thrive and “give back” in retirement? Wondering how you will 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 REG
P03 Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Carol Watkins
March 28 | MC-BA, 124

NEW! Plus 50: Too Young to Retire

What’s next? That is a question many 50 and above are asking themselves as they think about retirement. This workshop is about revitalizing our definition of retirement. We are seeing a “new retirement” take shape as baby boomers are reaching 65 at a rate of 10,000 people per day. Many will live an additional 20 to 30 years. What will you do with this time? Will you remain in your current career, modify it, volunteer or choose a paid or unpaid encore career? This workshop is ideal for energetic midlifers who are exploring possibilities as they design their next chapters.
CPDV:702 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P04 Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m.| Carol Watkins
May 9 | MC-BA, 124

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