How to Create a Career Training Action Plan

How to create a career training action planAre you are frustrated with your current job?  Are you eager for a new challenge or promotion?  If so, career training is the key way to achieve the change you desire.  While that sounds simple enough, without a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, the change will likely never happen and your frustration and stress will remain with your current situation.

The Career Training Action Plan

So how can you improve your skills so that you are doing work which you enjoy more, and how can you get there in the shortest amount of time?  An Action Plan!  This is a common sense tool to help you understand your vision and goals for where you want to go, and then aligning those up with practical steps so you can make it all a reality.

The first step in creating your career training action plan is making sure you understand what it is about your current situation that you want to change.  So ask yourself is it the type of work you are doing?  Is it stressful, or tedious or not using your talents fully?  Is it your work environment, or perhaps the schedule?  Write down your answers as you probe what it really is you want to change.

With that handy, you now know what you want to avoid, so on the flip side it helps you know what you want to go after.  This is the first goal of the action plan: making sure that you know what matters to you.

As you get to know yourself better, about what you like and what you want to avoid, keep writing it down.  You may have to do a few drafts and some editing, but you want to be able to describe to yourself in a short/summary type of way what you want.

From there, do your research into the field or type of place you want to be at.  Research and talk to others who are there already, don’t be afraid of this as people often enjoy talking about what it is that they do.  You can also view profiles on Linkedin or other job sites to see what skills are listed on resumes of those in the field already, so you have an idea of what is needed.  Equally as important, see how those skills are communicated so you can begin to see what is expected from employers.

Finally, armed with knowledge of what matters to you and seeing what employers are looking for, create two types of goals: short and long-term.  Short goals are those that can be completed in a year or less, which can include online career training for example.  Long-term goals are those in the 2-4 year range.

After identifying these goals, then its just a matter of breaking them down into practical steps.  Each step needs to be one item – one focus – and it should lead to the next item on the action plan.  In doing this you will have created a plan that is centered around what you want and supported by skills that employers want.

The real victory though is the confidence you will gain from knowing you have a plan for your career that is going to make you happy, and “all” you have to do is put in the hard work to get there.  At World we are happy to support the hard work you need to put in for a career change, contact us today to see how we can help you.

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Get the Most Out of Your Online Course

By taking an online course you are already taking part in an innovative way to pursue your education.  So to help further your success, here are innovative and unique ways to boost the time you put into your study efforts.  See which ones work for you!Taking an online course

  1. Take a walk before your exam. Research shows students have much more brain activity during an exam if they took a 20 minute walk immediately prior, compared to those who did not take a walk or exercise.
  2. Say it out loud. If you are having trouble committing something to memory, read it aloud a couple times to help. I know personally this has worked for me!
  3. Teach it. Perhaps the best way to keep something in memory is to actually, or pretend, trying to teach it to others. This causes you to reconfigure the knowledge in your brain, to go from simply repeating something to providing context to it so that you can communicate it to others.
  4. Spray an unfamiliar scent.  Your olfactory sense, the ability to smell, is actually closely tied to your memory. Some students have reported that if they spray an unfamiliar scent as they are studying, then spray it again right before the test, it jogs their memory faster and deeper than without it. This is also reported to work with a flavor of gum you are not used to as well. Give it a shot!
  5. Review & Break Regularly. Your brain can only take so much in at a time. To combat this obstacle and improve your retention, do a quick review after a milestone, say every chapter or every 2 segments (depending on the content you study).   Reviewing is important as it helps summarize and put into context the material you are learning. After the review, take a break for a few moments, listen to a song or two or go get some sun, anything to let your mind relax before hitting the books again. This will increase both your retention and ability to study for longer periods.
  6. Flash card it! This is a bit of an old tip, but what is new about it is that there are several websites that let you easily create your own flash cards. They also tend to be mobile friendly so you can review your notes from anywhere! My favorite site is Quizlet, because of its strong community, but feel free to explore others.

One of the biggest advantages to taking an online course is the flexibility it afford you, so why not take advantage of it and include some, or all of these activities in your study sessions?

I hope all or some of these hacks can be useful for you.  As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks, so see what works for you so you can be your best with your online course!

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Online Course Success – eLearning Tips

Woman taking an online courseTaking on the challenge of updating your skills with an online course can seem unfamiliar and daunting.  You may be confused by the technology involved or nervous about entering a classroom again, even if it is a virtual one.  However, by keeping a few simple tips in mind you can set yourself up so that the challenges become opportunities that you can easily take hold of and complete.

What is your motivation for taking an online course?

Consider the motivation behind your decision to take an online education course Write down your motivation.  You need to remember your vision for where you will be when you complete your program.  Write down that vision, or cut out pictures from magazine and make a vision board.  Whatever you do, you need to refer to it regularly to remind yourself of the overall goal for embarking upon this quest for a better job and way of life.  Research has shown that your motivation is the a critical factor when taking an online course.

Know your Limits

Second, know your schedule as well as that of your instructor.  When taking an online course, you don’t have to put in hours and hours each day, it’s about spacing it out so you don’t burn yourself out.  Know when it is during the week that you have free time.  Block off that space and try to give at least 30 minutes to an hour each time you login.  You can take on more than one course, but that is dependent on two key factors:  your energy level and the distractions (hopefully the lack of them) in your environment.  This is about applying some common sense and fortitude to get the job done.  At the same time know when you can contact your instructor, you want to be able to reach out when you run into issues with your course so that you aren’t stuck spinning your wheels.

See the Big Picture

Next, know the overall structure of the online course and the big picture of start to finish.  You don’t want to feel lost in your program, which is a sure way to get stuck.  So make sure you get a syllabus and ask questions about it before you start your program.  Know how to begin, how to progress from lesson to lesson, and how to finish.  Having the road map of the course in mind will free you from worrying about how you are doing and allows you focus simply on learning.  Do not just jump into your course, review the welcome emails and syllabus closely and ask questions before your start.

Technology  Success

Finally there is the technology used in the online course.  This can be a big issue for many students as we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to using our computers and going on the internet.  To help make sure you don’t get stuck, make sure to ask what kind of browser is best to use in the course, and ask if you need any other software to make things go smoothly.  Try logging into your course just to make sure you can get in and view and access everything you need to with no issues.  And as always ask questions if you are unsure, your instructor is there to help you succeed.

By following these 4 basic guidelines you are sure to set yourself up for success in your online course.  Embarking on a new career, or gaining advancement in your current one, is an exciting but challenging journey.  By knowing your vision for yourself, setting up your schedule, having a big picture of how the course works and getting comfortable with the technology involved, you are doing the fundamental things necessary to get the most of your investment.

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