I’ve always been a go-getter. In high school, I was involved in pretty much every activity I could get my hands on – yearbook, student council, you name it. I worked part-time as a waitress, tutored a student, and did well in school. In college, I held part-time jobs, completed two internships, and was involved in the school newspaper and radio station. The point here isn’t to brag about myself, but instead to paint a picture of how important professional growth has always been for me – even before I entered the “real world”.
Now that I work full-time, have a long commute, and am in the midst of buying a house, I rarely have time to really work on my professional growth outside of my 9-to-5. Thankfully, it’s 2016 and everything can be done online. There are so many online courses (both paid and free), and I’ve made it a personal mission of mine to try to complete a few each year.
I recently completed an online course called “How to Create Your Personal Place“. At first I thought, “What the heck does ‘personal place’ mean?”, but they described it well in the course. “When you come to a point in your life where you deem yourself successful, you have discovered your personal place.” I’ll admit I was a little skeptical based on the name alone, but the course activities really came together to help me not only get to know myself better, but know which steps it takes for me to succeed professionally.
The course covered four main topics:
- why having a personal place is needed
- how to teach yourself to professionally grow
- the importance of connecting
- how to succeed with encouragement
The course is free, delivered to your inbox, and takes about 1 week and 3 – 4 hours to complete. It consists of essays, videos, interactive polls, and download journals, so you won’t get easAll content from this email course is taken from Concordia University Wisconsin’s 100% one-year Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration (OLA). (An OLA is an alternative to an MBA that focuses on your personal growth and a leadership potential. You can learn more on an OLA here and here.) #cuwselflead