Career Essentials

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.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



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Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

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 | $65 | Age 60+: $47
F01 | Tu 7-9:30 p.m. | Jean Walters | Sept. 11-25 | MC - BA, 112

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 | $29 | Age 60+: $20
F01 | W 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Oct. 10 | MC - SS, 108
NOTE: Course rescheduled to Oct. 10 and will met in SS building, room 108.

Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search

This introductory session will allow you to start using this powerful tool that should be a part of your professional networking. LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the Internet with more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Learn the basics of using LinkedIn, how to build your network, make connections (past and present colleagues and classmates), join and get involved in groups, perform job searches and find answers from industry experts.
CPDV:705 | $25 | Age 60+: $17.50
F02 | W 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Oct. 3 | MC - CS, 206

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 | $29 | Age 60+: $20
F01 | Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Oct. 9 | MC - BA, 124

Interviewing: Learn How to Shine

Approach your next interview with more confidence and success. The interview is your chance to shine and to show the employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Even if you are well qualified and generally self-assured about your abilities, you need to be prepared and be able to confidently answer questions. Come learn how to prepare for the interview, watch a video with examples, and review sample questions and answers.
CPDV:703 | $25 | Age 60+: $17.50
F01 | W 6-8:30 p.m. | Laurie Hawkins | Sept. 26 | MC - BA, 112

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 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 | $59 | Age 60+: $37.50
F01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Edwin Penfold | Oct. 4-11 | 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 | $65 | Age 60+: $40
F02 | Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins | Sept. 29 | MC - SO, 232
F03 | Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Carol Watkins | Nov. 3 | MC - SO, 232

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