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This week: the importance and value of a significant investment of time and money in career workshops. Learn tips on how to pick the right workshop for you. How to prepare? What to do at the workshop? How to make the most of it after it's over?
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Monday - Take stock, take aim and take charge of your future.
A successful career requires a variety of skills and knowledge that you may not have learned in school. Nobody really talks about it much – until your career begins to stall. Just like any other acquired competency, you need intentional training and instruction in career development. Incompetence in finding the right career direction and job could cost you a lot more than money.

Tuesday - Get the most for your time and money
Three rules for buying anything – good, fast and cheap. If you can only find two of the three – pick good and fast. In selecting a career workshop, cheap can be the most expensive thing you can do. First focus on good – check out credentials of the workshop leaders, track record of past workshops and references from past students. Do your homework before the workshops.

Wednesday - Get full-coverage workshops
Career workshops come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some focus on direction – assessments and planning. Others on job search skills – networking, resumes and interviews. If you have never taken a career workshop that covers the full process, then you won’t know how the pieces fit together. It’s tough to take the next step when you’ve never seen the whole map.

Thursday - Get prepared before the workshop
Know the workshop agenda and topics in advance. Know what you need to bring – paper and pen to take notes, old or new resume for your background information, written-down thoughts on career and job ideas, as well as questions you have already. Don’t forget to bring food and drink, if there are no refreshments, and layered clothing in case the classroom is too hot or too cold.

Friday - Get to the workshop early
Better than being late. Be able to pick a seat near the front. Plenty of time to settle in your spot. Have a chance to go to the restroom. Maybe have an opportunity to meet the instructor. Be ready when class begins – pen poised and eyes on the instructor.

Saturday - Be a good student
Get engaged with instruction and instructor. Pay attention even if it is boring, even if you know it all, even if you are tired. Take notes and ask questions. Think about how to apply the instructions to you. Figure out what to do with what you hear. Pretend you are starving, and this is a banquet presented by a master chef.

Sunday - The best part of a workshop – after it’s over
Attending the workshop is only the first step. The important steps are what you do next. It’s not what you know that matters. It’s what you do with what you know. Do not put the workbook on the shelf, but rather leave it open on your desk. Do at least one thing from the workshop every day for 30 days. That’s the way to earn from what you learn.


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