Save the date! On April 18-22, Penn Foster will host a week of webinars dedicated to your academic and career success as part of our Student Success and Career Fair. Take a look at the complete schedule of events below, and click on the title of each webinar to register (please note that all times are Eastern Standard Time):
Monday, April 18th
- 10:00 AM – Jump in with Your Passion Turned On!
Please join Nancy Moretti, Department Chair of Early Childhood and General Education for this wonderful session! It is important to nurture your passions and maintain all dimensions of wellness in your life. It is important to remember what we are passionate about and to keep those passions alive! When you are taking a classes or completing a task that you are struggling with, it is easy for your passion to disappear. However, if we focus on our goals and on our passions we can rejuvenate ourselves and be successful!
- 12:00 PM – Tips and Techniques for Student Success in Online Courses
Please join Tessa Scrobola to learn more about being successful in your online courses. The presentation will cover different resources you have through Penn Foster and how those can be used to be successful in different ways. During this session, we will talk about ways to be successful studying online and independently, additionally, we will discuss different techniques and how to get used to learning online compared to traditional methods.
- 2:00 PM – Three Ridiculously Simple Ways to Ace Your Courses
Please join Shawna Ebbeson to learn tips for school success! Let's face it. Going back to school is hard! Equip yourself with these 3 ridiculously simple strategies (proactive planning, time management, and stress management) to improve your overall performance.
- 4:00 PM – Job Searching Made Easy: Locate that Dream Job
Please join Betsy Reichart and Christina Elvidge for this wonderful event! You've gotten the courses done (or almost done or even just at the start) and you are starting to think about that dream job... but where to begin? We have the resources to help you! From the Penn Foster Digital Library, to Career Cruising (our fabulous, FREE tool), to the Penn Foster Community, social media, other libraries and the web; we'll show you what to do, where to go and how to find that job you have been dreaming of!
- 6:00 PM - Basic Computer and Technology Skills Needed to be a Successful Online Student
You have enrolled in an online program or you are searching for a new job. The requirements say “basic computer skills needed." What does that mean? Does it mean I can use my cell phone and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; is that enough? Actually, No! Join us to find out just what “basic computer skills” really means and how they can help you be a successful student and employee.
Tuesday, April 19th
- 10:00 AM – Communication Skills for Workplace Success
Good communication skills are of the utmost importance when it comes to succeeding on the job and in life. Knowing how to speak and write clearly, receive and interpret information, overcome barriers, and understand other viewpoints are all key components to being an effective communicator. This session will cover important topics such as communicating clearly, avoiding miscommunication, choosing the right communication channel, active listening, and more!
- 12:00 PM – Writing in Your Chosen Career
Please join Sherry Pietrzykoski to learn why writing is an essential skill for all employment. One must present one's thoughts clearly and concisely in order to make those thoughts understandable. Whether you are an Early Childhood professional who needs to create a newsletter or write home notes for your students, a Vet Tech that needs to write detailed reports for each animal that has been treated or a business professional that needs to create a manual for your employees it is vital that the way you present your information to your intended audience be clear, understandable and in standard language and format that indicates a level of professionalism.
- 2:00 PM – Get on Board the Positive Person Express – Ways to Stay Upbeat During the Job Search in the Workplace and Beyond!
Please join Lea Phillips as she is sharing her experiences, affirmation, and tips trying to keep a positive attitude to assist you during the job search, in the workplace, and in other arenas of life. Goals of this session are to make the attendees happy and for attendees to walk away maybe having a laugh, but most importantly, to teach them some means to remain positive during a time that can be difficult and confidence-eroding.
- 4:00 PM – Career Cruising 101: Tips for Navigating Penn Foster’s Career Services
Please join Adam McIlwee, Content Marketing Specialist to learn more about Career Cruising. Get a head start on your career goals by familiarizing yourself with Penn Foster's career services. In this webinar, students will learn to: access Career Cruising from their Student Portal; set up their career portfolio; explore world-class assessments to help understand how your skills and abilities can be best used in your chosen field; view detailed career information; and create a powerful resume with templates, samples, and resume guidelines.
- 8:00 PM – Everyday Leadership in Every Profession: How to Recognize and Utilize Ordinary Opportunities to Develop Your Leadership Talents
Please join Katie Walsh for this wonderful presentation on leadership! Are you comfortable identifying yourself as a "leader"? Is this a title you're hoping to one day earn, but don't yet believe you're deserving of? What makes someone a leader? In our conversation, we'll consider the differences between being a Boss versus a Leader. We'll explore ways to drive change and make a positive impact. We'll also examine simple strategies you can use to develop your own inherent strengths and leadership potential.
Wednesday, April 20th
- 10:00 AM – Finding the Right Fit: How to Select and Secure Your Ideal Externship, Practicum or Field Experience Setting
Selecting and securing the most appropriate location for your course-related externship, practicum, or field experience can be challenging - and stressful! Vet Tech's Externship Assistant Diane Placidi and Early Childhood Education Instructor Katie Walsh will share information on what to look for when selecting an appropriate setting, how approach the administrator and secure the required documents, and how to submit the site for approval.
- 12:00 PM – Finding Financial Success
Please join Mark Giordano and Shelby Williams for an overview of basic budgeting, banking, and every day finance to help the average person in their daily life. We want everyone joining or watching the Webinar to come out of it with a better understanding of everyday budgeting. They will also see some quick ways to save money, and maybe see some places they might not realize they're losing money.
- 2:00 PM – Becoming a Successful Online Student
Please join Julin Sharp for this informative session and to learn what it takes to be a successful student in the online environment. Through this presentation you will learn strategies that you can use to make sure that you are successful and finish your Penn Foster program.
- 4:00 PM – Personalities in the Workplace: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
This presentation provides an overview of the people in a person's life, and their possible conflicts with these people due to different personalities. The goal of this session is to help attendees to understand their own personalities as well as the personalities of others in their lives, in order to enrich relationships and communication with others different from themselves.
- 6:00 PM – GOY AMA Panel (Grad of the Year Ask Me Anything Panel)
In this session, we are excited to welcome back former Penn Foster Graduates of the Year who will answer questions and talk about the impact that education has had on their lives. They will answer student and Penn Foster employee questions alike, while offering tips and strategies that helped them reach their goals.
Thursday, April 21st
- 10:00 AM – Effective Communication Over Social Networks and Communities
In this session, Daniel Marotta and Bryn Schockett will discuss the importance of online etiquette when communicating over social networks and within communities. They will demonstrate how students conduct themselves on their personal networks today, can carry-over into their professional lives.
- 12:00 PM – Tips for Staying Organized and on Track
Please join Dara Jill Warn to learn how to make time for what you need to do and spend time on what matters. The goals for this session are to: Understand common organizational tips and tricks; review tools for organizing life, school and work; demonstrate real examples of how to prioritize; and to create your own personal framework
- 2:00 PM – Using the GI Bill at Penn Foster
In this informative session, prospective and current students will be educated in the intricacies of using their military benefits with a Penn Foster program. From the how's, when's and who's up to the paperwork process and beyond, it will all be covered by Penn Foster's VA Support Team.
- 4:00 PM – Nail Your First Impression: Writing Your Cover Letter and Resume
Your first impression with a potential employer starts with your application. Feel confident with tips and tricks about writing your cover letter, resume, and follow-up Thank You notes. Showcase your skills and work towards refining your resume.
- 8:00 PM – Can You Hear Me Now? Understanding Body Language and the Importance of the Vocal Element
It is estimated that 93% of our communication is messaged via body language suggesting that only 7% is linked to the actual text of our message. Body language is divided into the 55% physical language or non-verbal including gestures, facial expressions, postures and movement. The second category and 38% of body language is the verbal or the vocal element. This includes tone. pitch, cadence, volume, inflection of the message delivery. Understanding the significance of the vocal element is key to success in distance education.
Friday, April 22nd
- 10:00 AM – Developing Your Resume and Cover Letter
In this presentation you will learn the basics of developing a resume and cover letter. You will learn the parts of a resume that will highlight your experience. In addition you will learn how to write a cover letter that will introduce yourself and highlight your resume. It will be a practical lesson to help you develop a resume and cover letter you can use to apply for prospective jobs.
- 12:00 PM – Top Skills of a Valued Employee - Do You Have Them?
In today’s world, knowing how to fulfill the job requirements and related tasks simply isn’t enough to get (or keep!) the job. One’s own personal skills, actions towards others, and ability to perform as part of a team make the difference between a good employee and a truly great employee. Join this session to learn about the 10 most important “power skills” that employers value in their employees.
- 2:00 PM – Putting Your Best Self Forward When Interviewing
The interview process can be complex and demanding, both physically and emotionally. Being prepared is key to the success of a candidate, this will help them feel confident. A candidate who presents themselves well has a much greater chance of obtaining the position for which they are being interviewed, than that of a candidate who appears unkempt, nervous, or uncomfortable. This session will walk students through the interview process, from preparation to now that it is over.
- 4:00 PM – Soft Skills: The Skills You Need to Succeed!
Many students are so focused on developing expertise in their field that they may forget the importance of “soft skills”. Dependability, reliability, motivation, initiative, communication, commitment, creativity, problem solving, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, time management, and conflict resolutions are important skills in the workplace, and being able to demonstrate these skills can assist a student/graduate in standing out in today’s competitive job market. In this session, Nancy Moretti will share what she looks for when hiring employees, she’ll share an overview of the soft skills that you can develop now!