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Explore Career Coaching: It May Help You Find Direction and Purpose

Career Coaching

There are times when you may consider making a job or career change, or you may need to understand the direction of your career goals and the purpose you are establishing for your career. When you need clarification it may be time to talk to a professional career coach.

With this career coaching program you will gain the benefit of an experienced educator who understands how adults learn, along with the benefit of a seasoned career coach who understands the importance of developing concrete career goals and a purposeful career strategy.

New Edition!! Career Development Weekly 7.27.14

Develop Self-Confidence

There is one particular quality that makes every employee shine, one that shows through their work and even within their resume. It is having a well-established sense of self-confidence. A person who is self-confident will approach their work with a measure of certainty – they have the experience and knowledge or know-how to get the job done. Their resume will reflect that self-assuredness through their word choice and this will also come across through their tone during an interview. Being self-confident comes easily for some people, yet others struggle to try and gain it. For most people it can fluctuate at times but there are steps you can take to become practiced in feeling confident in yourself and your abilities or capabilities.

What is Self-Confidence?

What It Means to Be a Modern Online Educator

Modern Educator

Traditional college instruction is part of a well-established tradition that has remained fairly unchanged over time. Becoming an instructor in this environment has meant conformity to teaching standards that have also remained fairly unchanged. A college professor is associated with someone who is a subject matter expert, likely to achieve a position with tenure, and have dual roles as an instructor and researcher. It is expected that they will be published authors of scholarly journal articles that have been peer-reviewed and contributed knowledge to their field. While this form of education and instructor still exists, there is another academic institution that has also been established and it is an online college and university.

End of Course Evaluations: How Students, Instructors, and Universities Respond

Teaching Evaluations

Hello Educators:

I wrote an article some time ago, titled End of Course Evaluations and Their Impact on Teaching – and a copy is provided below. Since that time I have found that this topic is becoming a significant issue. Students are no longer providing a true course evaluation and instead they are using it as a rating system based upon the outcome they've received for the course, which is the grade they believe or expect they should receive.

New Edition!! Career Development Weekly 7.20.14

Change Jobs

Every job has a lifecycle. There is an exciting or interesting starting point and then a natural progression that occurs over time. After a period of growth there will be a point when the job will peak. At this maturity point there may be a change made that allows the cycle to restart, or the job enters the decline and the employee loses interest, becomes complacent, works to just get by, and/or begins the search for a new job. Regardless of the final outcome, most every job goes through this cycle. It can occur over a short period of time if the employee was overqualified or they learned the job duties quickly and now find the work to be too easy or mundane.

Creating a Work Life Balance for Online Instructors

Work Life Balance

A majority of online instructors work as adjuncts and that means they are balancing numerous responsibilities. They know that managing their time is extremely important and that their weekdays may be spent just managing the basics. There are other priorities that include involvement in weekly discussions, answering questions, and completing required feedback. While instructors are required to post their participation messages on a fixed number of days, the level of students' engagement in those discussion depends upon their active involvement. That may mean that the task of reviewing papers may have to wait until the weekend.

New Edition!! Career Development Weekly 7.13.14

Have Dream

Being an adult means that you have a specific role to fulfill and it is usually associated with finding a job. Unless you are employed in a job that matches the ideal career you hope to attain, you are likely willing to file away and possibly forget about the dreams you once had – because it is an expectation of society that an adult is supposed to be responsible. While you may start out with a specific plan based upon your interests or academic achievements, you may have settled for something else because of need or out of necessity.

How Online Students Can Develop Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence

With online learning the focus is often placed on what technological tools can be utilized, along with the qualities or characteristics that students need in order to be successful in this environment. The use of technology helps to create a setting necessary for learning to occur but it is the human element that brings the classroom environment to life and sustains it. For online classes, students have to learn to focus on their methods of written communication; however, there is another skill they must learn in order to improve their interactions and working relationships.

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Career Resources Newsletter

Every month I will be publishing a newsletter to inform your career development. The purpose is to provide you with insight based upon my work as a professional resume writer, career coach, and author.

Career Resources Newsletter

I hope to inspire you and influence your ability to succeed in your job, career, job search, and job interview. Often what I write about is focused on your mindset, which can create opportunities for you or result in barriers. You can consider each newsletter to be fresh inspiration for professional development, delivered every month to your inbox.

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Educator Resources Newsletter

Every month I publish a newsletter for educators and it has an emphasis on adult learning in online classes. The purpose is to provide insight based upon my work as an online educator, my work with faculty development, and my ongoing research in the field of distance learning. I hope to inform and inspire anyone who teaches online and a lot of the information I'll share is relevant for all educators. The challenges and issues that are related to online teaching and learning may be related to traditional education as well. You can consider each newsletter to be your monthly professional development – delivered to your inbox.

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