It’s Not Just a Lecture Series – Do the Work!

 For almost two decades I have been teaching Advance Career Strategies through Extended Education at Chapman and Brandman Universities. It is a course designed for mid-career management and professional men and women. The course focuses on in-depth research strategies, writing case studies that demonstrate bottom line results, industry reports, proposals and portfolios. Reflecting on the hundreds of students who have taken the course I have concluded they generally follow up the course in one of three ways:

  1. Implementation of the majority of strategies and techniques
  2. Limited implementation of the strategies and techniques
  3. No implementation of the strategies and techniques

The Advanced Career Strategies Course is primarily attended by management and professional men and women. The medium age has been 48, with a range from 22 to 74. The medium income has been near $90,000 ranging from $23,000 to $800,000 annually. For the most part students have been mid-career professionals, a demographic that has been hit hard by the “Great Recession”.

In general, the more successful a student has been in his or her career, the greater the probability that the student will reach their next job goal in 90 days following the course. The reason is simple – they are more likely to put in the hours and hard work necessary to do the research, write case studies, do in-depth research, and complete a special report and proposal.

In California there are several state sponsored job search programs including Experience Unlimited and the One Stop facilities. There are also some excellent job search programs sponsored by churches. Among them is the first-rate Saddleback Career Ministry in Lake Forest. Whether it is the Advanced Career Strategies course or any of these other programs, attendees who view them simply as a lecture series may be unemployed for a long time and/or take a “Potluck Job” out of desperation.

Bottom line: These programs and courses are not just a lecture series – you need to do the work!

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson

“The harder I work, the luckier I get” John Wooden UCLA Basketball Coach

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Published in: on October 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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