Explore the History of Propaganda in Film

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Is It Fake News or Is It Propaganda?

…and is there really a difference?

Since its invention, the film medium has been used by different societies to promote cultural ideas, inspire national solidarity, educate about its goals, and more.

In a new partnership with SIFF and Scarecrow Video, Seattle Central is excited to offer you the opportunity to delve into the history of propaganda in film, as demonstrated by four historical films designed specifically to influence the societies in which they were created.

Filmmaker and instructor Richie Meyer shared with us more about his inspiration for this class, why you’ll want to take it, and what you’ll walk away with.

What is your background?

I have been making films and teaching about films for 40 years.

My degrees are from Stanford University and NYU.

How long have you been teaching this class?

This is a new class at Seattle Central but I have taught similar courses at other universities.

What inspired you to teach this class?

The recent presidential election had many elements of propaganda in its use of the media.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

I will use real life situations — not theories — about the way different nations used film to influence people.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Anyone who has an interest in the present political situation, and film in general.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

After the courses were over, I have met former students who told me that the way they look at movies changed because of my classes.

Recommended Resources

In addition to the films that will be screened as part of this program, we recommend watching the following complementary films (all of which will be on hold and available for students at Scarecrow Video):

Week One

  • The Axe of Wandsbek
  • Bismarck
  • The Rothschild’s Shares in Waterloo
  • Hitler Youth Quex

Week Two

  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Ten Days that Shook the World
  • Strike

Week Three

  • Beast of Berlin
  • God is My Co-Pilot
  • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Week Four

  • Siberian Express
  • Attack at Dawn
  • Army

Key Takeaways

  1. An appreciation of the ways film and media propaganda manipulate facts
  2. Understand the film medium and its power
  3. Screen the great films of propaganda and learning how they were used
  4. Understand how the modern uses of propaganda in film build on those of the past

Spring 2017 Registration is Open!

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Learn the Language of Business

This Spring is all about skill refinement, and learning the different ‘languages’ of the business world.

We’re launching our partnership with Coding Dojo, which will introduce you to two of the web’s most popular programming languages, PHP and Python.

If diving into the tech world isn’t for you, we’re offering workshops on delivering awesome presentations, how to give constructive feedback, the ins-and-outs of the social web, and more.

Join us!

Featured Programs

Lifelong Learning

American Sign Language
Discover a brand new way of connecting with your diverse community.

English for Speakers of Other Languages
New! Grow your communication skills and build on your existing English knowledge.

Painting Portraits of Color
New! Expand your artistic palette by learning how to paint a variety of skin tones.

Spanish the Natural Way – Beginning
Establish a solid foundation through this innovative method of learning a language.

Professional Development

Coding Dojo: Python & LAMP Bootcamps
New! Learn key programming languages used in software applications and web development.

Delivering Presentations with Purpose & Impact
New! Take anxiety out of the equation and learn to present your ideas with confidence.

Fearless Feedback: How to Give & Receive It
New! Transform your collaborations into positive, effective, and constructive interactions.

Introduction to Social Media Marketing
Gain insight into the tools, platforms, strategy, and best practices of the social web.

Develop a Wellness Plan That’s Right for You

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Fitness Classes in Seattle WA
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Fitness Classes in Seattle WA

Over 40% of People Make New Year's Resolutions, but Only 9% of Them Feel They Achieve Them

Many resolutions are health-related, with things such as losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, and working out more often ranking highly on people’s New Year to-do lists. But with such a small portion of folks actually feeling successful in achieving their new goals, is there a better way to approach them?

When it comes to health, personal trainer EP Massey has been working with clients for over 30 years to help them set realistic goals, and then achieve them. He brings his extensive experience to our Six Steps to a Healthier You class, which provides customized tips and guidance on designing a wellness plan that works for your specific needs.

He’s seen a lot of success, and he’s seen failures, but what they both have in common is a commitment to making small changes over time, and then sticking with them. Here are a few of his suggestions.

Eat Your Weight Off

We’re often confused about how to lose weight because of so many competing short-term diet fads and promises of fast results. If it’s a fast and easy-to-do diet, it probably won’t help you maintain your weight loss over time.

Instead, think about developing an efficient eating plan, which provides you with a strategic program that incorporates all the important aspects of proper nutrition.

This means consuming the necessary calories your body needs to function while also ensuring that you are eating the right mix of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, and water.

No More 3 Meals a Day

EP’s first recommendation is to give up the idea of eating only 3 meals a day. “I think it’s old-fashioned and outdated,” he notes. “It’s very difficult to consume the calories and nutrients needed for successful weight control by eating only three meals a day. You’re often eating too many calories at once, which makes you a fat-storing machine, instead of a fat-burning machine.”

Instead, develop a plan where you eat four to six smaller meals each day. Here’s the strategy that EP uses for his clients:

  • Within 2 hours of waking up: Eat breakfast; this jump starts your metabolism.
  • Every 2 – 3 hours: Eat something small such as carrot sticks, string cheese, crackers; this keeps your metabolism running high all day
  • Within 5 hours of waking up / before 1:00 PM each day: Eat three small meals; this gives your body the energy it needs to operate, and ensures you’re not loading up on calories later in the day when your body is starting to slow down
  • At least 2 hours before bedtime: Eat dinner, and try to minimize or eliminate starches such as bread, rice, pasta, or potatoes; include plenty of green leafy vegetables combined with a lean protein

Make Weekends Work for You

EP also suggests taking a break on from your structured eating plan on the weekend; this will give you the room to enjoy some of the higher calorie, low in nutrients foods you might love (did someone say ice cream?!), and will help you maintain your structured diet plan for a longer period of time. This is also a great time to plan out your meals for the week ahead to make sure you stay on track.

Remember: It’s all about balance!

Prioritize Your Fitness

For most of us, working out isn’t a lot of fun, so coming up with a plan we can stick with is important. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

Set Annual Goals

Instead of saying “I’m going to the gym every day!” and then giving up on your goal when you can’t make it a few times in a row, think of how many times you want to go to the gym per year, and then break that down into monthly and weekly goals.

If you’re just getting back into the swing of things, try setting a target of 150 for the year, which is about 12 times per month and 3 times per week. If you go more often than that, great! But if you have something come up and you end up skipping a few days in a row, you can always look toward your annual goal and know that you’ll make up for it later.

And when you achieve that 150 this year, increase it to 175 or 200 next year. Ultimately, being active 4 – 7 days a week is ideal, but give yourself some time to establish and maintain your new exercise habit.

Schedule Yourself

Setting time aside to be active each day will ensure that you don’t overlook its importance. This could be going to the gym, taking a dance class, or running around your local park.

Whatever it is, try to do it for 30 – 45 minutes, and try to maintain your target heart rate for most of that time. You can determine your target heart rate by doing the following:

  1. Subtract your age from 220 = This is your maximum heart rate
  2. Multiply that number by 80% = This is your target heart rate

By staying within your target heart rate during your activity, you’ll burn fat, improve your cardiovascular system, and build up endurance.

If you can, get up an hour earlier and get active first thing in the morning. You’ll not only get it out of the way, it’s harder to over-schedule yourself at 5am in the morning!

“Plus, exercise produces endorphins, which will help you be more productive, have more energy, and be in a more positive mood throughout the day,” EP says. “You’ll also fire up your metabolism, so you’ll be a calorie-burning machine all day.”

It's Not All Cardio, All the Time

While cardio is an important part of staying fit, you can mix things up a bit by incorporating resistance training into your workouts. You can do this through traditional weight lifting, choreographed classes that incorporate weights, and even by using your own bodyweight.

Resistance training will not only shape and tone your body, it will aid you in burning up to 30 extra calories per hour while resting!

“You’re only burning calories while you’re actively doing cardio,” EP says. “But after weight training, your metabolism continues to soar, and you’ll continue to burn calories for up to two more hours.”

Just Add Weights

If you’re not ready to start pumping iron, you can get the benefits of resistance training by adding weights to the activities you already do. For example, try carrying three pound weights with you while you’re walking around your park, or increase the resistance on your favorite elliptical or stationary bike. Again, start small and build from there.

If you’re looking for more specific guidance on developing a fitness routine, diet plan, or setting realistic goals, consider joining EP during his next class!

Instructor Spotlight: Annie Dumont

Annie Dumont - DIY Natural Products Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Annie Dumont - DIY Natural Products Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Annie Dumont - DIY Natural Products Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Do it Yourself!

Annie Dumont - DIY Natural Products Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationEven all-natural cleaning and personal care products can have extra ingredients to preserve them and ensure they’re shelf-stable.

A great way to ensure that you’re using 100% all-natural products is to make them yourself.

After a personal love affair with creating soaps and other cleaning products for herself and her family, Annie Dumont decided to go into business to share her passion with the world.

She is now offering her DIY Natural Products series of workshops at Seattle Central, which cover the following:

Learn more about Annie’s background and approach, and then download her DIY toothpaste how-to guide below.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

I currently teach Basic Cleaning Products, Medicine Cabinet Products and Personal Care Basics.

I’m hoping to expand my offerings to include some soap classes and classes that families can take together.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching professionally for 4 years, but I have been teaching friends and family for more than 10 years.

What's your educational & professional background?

After a long romance with making everything from soap to lip balm to diaper rash cream, I decided to open my doors (or my mind) to teaching others my love and passion for crafting natural personal care and cleaning products.

I opened A Kitchen Story in 2012 to spread the love by way of individual and group classes.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

I love to watch the passion and enthusiasm of my students.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

During one of my classes, after everyone just finished making a batch of laundry detergent, one student yelled out, “I can’t wait to go home and do laundry!”

Her excitement was inspiring and contagious.

Annie's Favorites

Restaurant in Seattle

  • Lotus Thai Cuisine


  • Making soap, of course!
  • Refinishing old furniture, making something old new again


  • Hawaii was the first vacation my husband and I went on together before we were married. The memories are awesome and plentiful.

Learn From the Entrepreneurial Experts

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Is Starting Your Own Business Right for You?

Owning a successful business is a big dream — one that can easily turn into a nightmare if you’re not fully prepared to be an entrepreneur.

Even if you’re great at what you do, actually running a business requires a lot of hard work, a variety of skills unrelated to your core service or offering, and being financially savvy enough to give your business the time and space it needs to grow.

A few years ago, Jeff Leavy created The Entrepreneurship Toolkit for Seattle Central College’s Business and Technology department, largely in response to the community’s need for more training and guidance in the world of small business. This year, he passed the reigns to one of the classes’ long-time expert lecturers, Michael Coffey, so we asked both Jeff and Michael to share more about their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives on this class.

We’ll be offering this course again during Spring 2017, so read on to learn whether or not this class is the right fit for you.

How long have you been teaching these workshops?

Jeff: Three years, then I handed it off to the very capable Michael Coffey.

Michael: I’m brand new and an old hand at this. I first got involved with the Entrepreneurship Toolkit class as a guest speaker a few years ago.

I met Jeff Levy, who created this class, when I was a Business Assistance Officer at the Washington Women’s Business Center. When I left to launch my own business as a digital strategist for small business, he asked me to come in and present some key ideas of marketing online. This also led to my designing and teaching the Marketing Fundamentals class.

I’ve been coming in as a guest speaker almost every quarter since then, but Fall 2016 was my first time as the instructor for the full course.

What inspired you to teach this class?

Jeff: The dean at the time felt that Seattle Central College had an opportunity to be a center of excellence in entrepreneurship. I am a subject matter expert in that field and also a community college graduate. It was time to give back and provide some inspiration.

Michael: Aside from simply the necessity (Jeff Levy had conflicts that prevented him from teaching), the importance of this class is twofold.

First, I think it’s important for everyone to view starting a business as a possibility for them to consider. Not every business idea is great. Not every person is ready to start a business. But there is still a lot of inequality in who starts a business, and I think our economy would be more vibrant and diverse if more people considered business ownership. And the first step toward that is helping people see that starting their own business is a possible option for them.

Second, on the flip side, it’s also very important that those who do start a business are well informed about the process when they do so. Being a hard worker is not enough. Being good at what you do is not enough. Being passionate is not enough. Jumping in without having a good picture of what the experience of entrepreneurship is leads to a huge percentage of business failures. The misconceptions about entrepreneurship can be deadly to a business venture.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

Jeff: Most of my other work are two hour seminars, and this is more hands-on and discussion-based.

Michael: Much of what I teach, both as a digital strategist and at Seattle Central, is about technical skills.

The Marketing Fundamentals class is an overview of marketing skills and concepts. I’ve taught classes about how to set up your own business website, or use Google+ as both a social media channel and to improve search engine optimization. But Entrepreneurship Toolkit is more about the entrepreneurs themselves. It’s about the bigger picture of both designing your ideal life, and based on that personal vision, thinking about business ownership as a potential way of realizing that vision. That’s very different than how most people think of starting a business.

Of course, there are also skills involved, and evaluating whether you’re ready now or if you have more work to do, and so forth, but the core of the class is the idea of whether a particular business idea will serve your life.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Jeff: Anyone entering the work force or needing to work their way through the “New Career Economy.”

Today, 31% of the work force is 1099, contract employees and that is projected to grow to 50% over the next 15-20 years. New workers need survival skills, both intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial. This class provides that.

Michael: Anyone who wonders about starting their own independent business, or buying a franchise.

This class is a great way to “try on” what it might be like to own a business, and what it would take to be successful — without the substantial costs in money and time of really starting one.

I’d love it if all the students were successful in business, it’s also sometimes a success if a student realizes, “I was about to start, but I know now that I need to learn more about how accounting (or whatever) works first.” Or that their personal goals are better achieved through traditional employment. Or that they need to prioritize building savings first before financing a startup.

Anyone who’s not sure about those kinds of priorities would get a lot out of this class.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

Jeff: When a student that was also taking a class called Art and Anarchy told me he loved my class when he realized there was no financial security in anarchy. Wow!

Michael: We recently were visited by a librarian from the Seattle Public Library, Jay Lyman.

Many of the students were stunned (in a good way!) by how much detail could be gleaned about their potential customers, competitors, and industry, using free library resources. The “aha” was not just what data was in which database, but that it was even possible to find these things out.

I could almost see thoughts like “Wait, if you can see that, I bet you could also figure out…” cross many faces.

Key Takeaways

  1. Learn goal setting
  2. Meet community resources
  3. Assess your communications style & strengths
A business should be designed to support your life goals; otherwise, you’re just in a job where you have to be both boss and employee.
There are lots of risks in business, but there are healthy ways to address those risks.
Business ownership may be right for you, but maybe not right now.
Strategy and planning are two of the biggest keys to success.

Instructor Spotlight: Gilberto Nunez-Lira

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Gilberto Nunez-Lira - Spanish Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Spanish Language Classes in Seattle WA

Spice Things Up

We’ve written about how learning a new language can change your perspective, but it’s also a great way to shake things up a bit in your life.

And who better to help you shake things up than a Spanish teacher with a love for Cuban music?!

Meet instructor Gilberto Nunez-Lira, who has been sharing his knowledge and experience in our Spanish for Travelers class for the last 10 years.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

I teach Spanish For Travelers for Continuing Education at Seattle Central College.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for about 10 years or so at Seattle Central.

What's your educational & professional background?

I graduated with two Bachelor Degrees at the University of Washington (Latin American Studies and Spanish).

I have been influenced by great professors throughout my educational experience.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

When I teach, I enjoy the positive impact in the students’ life. I love when they show interest in experiencing the language.

Seattle Central College provides a great opportunity and learning environment for the teaching of Spanish.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

It is an inspirational moment when the students participate in class.

Gilberto Nunez-Lira - Spanish Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Gilberto's Favorites


  • My favorite songs are those with a Cuban rhythm


  • Dancing!


  • Mexico, because I have the opportunity to visit and see my relatives
There are two types of people in the world, those who are learning by doing different activities in life, and those who are just observing others.

Hands-On Guidance in Caring for Your Home

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The Home Should be the Treasure Chest of Living — Le Corbusier

How are you treating your treasure? Do you need some guidance on caring for your home?

The dream of home ownership can quickly become a nightmare if you’re not prepared in the basics of home repair and maintenance.

Knowing simple things like repairing a damaged wall, replacing a leaking pipe under the sink, and preparing for cold weather are key in keeping your home safe and comfortable.

Expert contractor Peter Marx has been guiding folks in his Basic Hands-On Home Repair and Maintenance workshops over the past two decades.

“I don’t know everything — and I don’t pretend to,” he laughs. “But what I can do is offer my opinion and experience, and show them where they can find more resources.”

We asked him to share with us more about his class, why he teaches it, and why you should join him for his next series of hands-on workshops.

How long have you been teaching these workshops?

I’ve been teaching this class for the last 23 years, and about 12 of those have been at Seattle Central.

What inspired you to teach this class?

I was a self-employed contractor and cabinet maker since college, eventually becoming a vendor and installer for Corel solid surface coutertops. One of my largest vendors was a local home improvement chain called Ernst Hardware, and when they went out of business, my business took a huge hit.

So I went to a vocational counselor, who advised me that I had a lot of great experience in building and construction, and that I should find a way to share that with others. And I love doing that — I have decades of knowledge and experience, and it’s great to give that back to my community.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

Like all of my workshops, this is a hands-on class, and I’ve developed the curriculum so that students can actually do things in the class versus a discussion of theory and simply watching a demonstration.

That’s actually quite unusual for a home repair class; usually it’s a demo and discussion, and students go home to try things out on their own. I’ve set up an environment that gives folks the opportunity to actually do the work, versus just watching or talking about it.

This means they’ll retain more of the information, and feel more confident when they’re working on these repairs at home by themselves.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

I’ve had a wide variety of students throughout the history of these classes, but here are a few of the most common:

  • new homeowners
  • older homeowners who lost their repairing or maintenance partner
  • apartment managers
  • those interested in buying a home

But everyone is welcome, regardless of their backgrounds, and it’s a fun and supportive environment.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

One of the projects that we work on is how to do basic electrical work. It involves wiring a light bulb, and when they complete the project — and the bulb lights up — they’re eyes often do, too!

It’s a great metaphor for their own learning, and teaching them how capable they really are. Electrical work can seem daunting, and learning the basics can be truly empowering.

Key Takeaways

  1. Gain a basic understanding of your house as a system
  2. Improve your understanding of plumbing and electrical
  3. Learn how to do calking and plasterboard projects
  4. Get guidance on how to work smart and safely
  5. Learn how to communicate effectively with professionals

Recommended Resources

I provide my students with a resource sheet so they’ll know who is reputable to work with in the area, but here are a few tips to consider when you’re looking for guidance online or from a book:

  • If you’re watching a project on TV or YouTube, realize that the time is condensed and your project will actually take a lot longer than how it’s presented
  • Check who is producing a home improvement show, book, or guide to ensure that they’re a reputable source of information
  • Large home improvement stores often have great how-to guides for projects
  • Your home’s design or materials may differ from what is presented in the show, book, or guide, so be certain to review it thoroughly before you start

Most importantly, don’t take on any projects that you don’t feel you have the skills to complete! But if you do, and you need to work with a pro to finish it, you can learn great skills in communicating with them in my class.

Organizing Workshops Help You Get It Together

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Simplify Your Surroundings

Organizing Workshops Help You Get It Together | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Do you have a room in your house that looks like this? Then these workshops are for you!
Do you have a hall closet that could double as a Tetris board? Are you using your garage less for car storage, and more for miscellaneous stuff storage? Is there a seemingly-bottomless junk drawer in your kitchen that needs taming?

If you answered yes to any — or all! — of these questions, then it’s time to take yourself by the lapel and deliver yourself to our Get it Together series of organizing workshops.

For the past five years, expert consultant Lauren Williams has been helping her clients get their homes and offices under control.

“While this is a home improvement class, it could also be considered personal improvement — and even a health & wellness class!” She laughs. “I can’t tell you the number of clients I’ve had who have had their asthma disappear after decluttering and organizing their homes.”

The series is comprised of three workshops that you can take together or independently:

How long have you been teaching these workshops?

I gave my first version of these classes on June 18, 2012.

What inspired you to teach these classes?

Too many reasons!

It’s another way for me to share my skills, it keeps me fresh, and I learn from my students just as much as they learn from me.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

One-on-one sessions with clients are far more intimate, and can be much more intensive.

These workshops are designed to arm you with tips and strategies that you can apply immediately at home or work.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Anyone who wants to learn techniques to become more structured in their day-to-day home or work lives, or anyone who wants to declutter.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

It can be hard for people to let items go, even when they need to for any of number of reasons.

One of my students developed a wonderful method she shared with me: she holds up something she is considering letting go and says to herself, “I like this” or “I liked this. Now someone else can.”

Key Takeaways

  1. Techniques to help you focus on the task of organizing
  2. Skills to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed by organizing
  3. Methods to help you assess the value of your items

Set Things in Motion with a Career Development Plan

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Is Your Career on Track?

Are you doing work that you love? If not, why not?

While it’s true that many of us are doing what we’re doing out of necessity — we gotta pay the bills, right? — creating a meaningful career can often be rooted in actually planning for it.

Where do you want to be in 10 years? And what steps do you need to take to get there — today, tomorrow, next month, next year, and so on?

Even if you’re not doing work that you love right now, charting out your career plan can bring a new dimension and meaning to your present situation. It will not only help you establish the path to your ideal professional reality, it will show you what you can do right now to help you achieve it.

Some of the elements of a career development plan include:

  • Short-term goals
  • Long-term goals
  • Timeline
  • Action steps
  • Opportunities
  • Potential barriers
  • Re-evaluation intervals

Part of instructor Yvonne Freitas McGookin‘s work is to help people define and plan for their professional futures.

“A career development plan is a roadmap that helps you to identify your desired career and directs the steps needed to get there,” she notes. “If you want to be clear about the destination — your desired career — a plan gives you an opportunity to envision how you’ll get there. First off, it will help you feel empowered! If you want to actively participate in your career, instead of being a by-stander waiting for opportunities to show up, a career development plan can help you do that. As a result, you can design and follow a plan that gets you to where you want to go when you want to get there. If you don’t have a plan, you might  end up moving from job to job without any clear path or sense of direction. It can feel like you don’t have much control or choice, which is not very satisfying.”

But how is having a career development plan different than having general professional goals?

“A career development plan helps you to create a clear vision for your career and specific strategies for achieving that vision,” Yvonne explains. “Some of those strategies may be personal as well as professional. For example, if you’re interested in shifting into a different career or industry, you should include any potential financial impacts in your career plan. Will you need to save money to pay for any education or training to support your career change? Will you need to move to a different location where there are more opportunities in this field or industry?”

Yvonne knows how important a plan can be because she didn’t start out with one herself.

“I began thinking about my career when I was a child and, at that time, wanted to become an elementary school teacher,” she remembers. “But, by the time I went to college, my vision for my career had changed and I didn’t have any clarity about my direction.”

So when did she develop her first plan?

“After taking an undergrad course that sparked a clearer vision for my career, I created a career development plan that helped me move into and advance in that career,” Yvonne recalls. “My plan included taking specific courses, volunteer opportunities, and working an extra job to finance my educational goals. I followed that plan for many years until I achieved my vision. Then, several years ago, I re-evaluated my career, decided to make some changes, and created a career development plan to support those changes.”

How often should someone plan to re-evaluate their plan?

According to Yvonne, “You should reassess your plan on a semi-regular basis, whenever you lose momentum, or need to acknowledge some changes (opportunities or barriers) that impact your plan. This re-evaluation will give you the opportunity to make adjustments that help to get you back on track.”

2 Common Mistakes in Creating a Career Development Plan

  1. Being vague about goals, timeline and actions
  2. Not building in and taking time to re-evaluate and adjust their plan

Some people treat a career development plan like a New Year’s resolution: They have an aspiration (summit a mountain,) but don’t set out a timeline with specific actions to prepare and motivate them to reach their target.

When things come up during the year that get in the way, they lose momentum and give up. The same thing happens with career development plans.

Recommended Reading

Here are a few of Yvonne’s favorite books on career development:

Career Development Plan Worksheet

Need some guidance on developing your plan? We’ve created this worksheet that will help you chart the path to your success.

Guide Your Career with Project Management Fundamentals

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You'll Love It When a Plan Comes Together

Many large organizations have positions and even entire departments devoted to planning and managing projects, but possessing these skills is actually quite beneficial for any professional.

This is particularly true if you’re in a small business or start-up environment where you’re wearing many hats; the ability to skillfully manage projects is often essential to building a successful business.

It can also help you develop your career, and prepare you to take on jobs with higher levels of responsibility.

Expert instructor Zahid Kahn recently shared his insight into some great methods and tools that you can help organize and manage projects.

When we say, ‘Your Business is Our Business’ we mean it: We’re here to help you establish or grow the company of your dreams.

Learn more about what you’ll gain by joining us for our Fundamentals of Project Management course this Winter.

How long have you been teaching this class?

I have been teaching project management for the last eight years.

What inspired you to teach this class?

I am passionate about project management and developing people; as a PMO Manager, I am continuously developing my team, and I started teaching in 2008 in order to advance my team’s project management skills.

Since then I have seen measurable improvement in project management skill.

People from other departments of my organization and outside organizations wanted me to help them with advancing their project management skills, so I started teaching various levels of project management courses.

I feel inspired when I make a difference by improving the skill and knowledge of my students.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

This class is designed to help students understand the global standards of project management and also learn how to apply tools and techniques to manage their projects.

Some of the classes I teach help student prepare to take the test to get certified as Project Management Professional (PMP®) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Most of the classes I teach are large in class size (between 50 to 100 students); this class size will be small and will allow for more one-on-one interaction.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Anyone who is interested in learning the global standards of project management to advance their career in managing projects, working in teams, supervising work, and working with stakeholders.

This class will also be a good refresher for project managers.

Key Takeaways

  1. Understand the value and importance of project management
  2. Learn how to develop a project scope that meets your customers’ requirements
  3. Learn how to identify and manage uncertainties to achieve project success
  4. Learn how to measure project success
  5. Understand what it take to be a good project manager

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

Many of my students have had great outcomes as a direct result of learning the basics of project management.

Here are a few of them:

  • Some of the students were able to apply project management tools such as the project charter to start managing their projects immediately after the class
  • Many students recognized the importance of risk management after listening to case studies I discussed in the class
  • More than 90% of my students passed the test to get certified as PMP®
  • Several of my students got promoted within six months after completing my five day training
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