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Introduce yourself

For the next two weeks, you’ll be studying alongside many learners from around the world.

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Jennifer Rosen

Jennifer Rosen

Your Lead Educator Jennifer Rosen will support and guide you throughout the course alongside some incredible thought-leaders. Jennifer is a communications specialist and filmmaker. She started her company, FullTilt, to share her belief in the transformative power of storytelling, and to educate people on the importance of cultivating communications skills in order to live a fully aligned and authentic life.

In Week 1, you will explore different modern approaches to define and develop your career. You will use tools such as a vision board and a roadmap, or visual mapping tool, to explore your career path and take actionable steps. In addition, you will learn how to effectively communicate the vision you have for your career.

In Week 2, you will explore how to identify key individuals, organisations and platforms to help grow your network. You will develop the necessary communications skills to engage these key leads, and you will evaluate the impact of your career development strategy and iterate accordingly.

Everyone learning on this course is an individual; probably with different interests, backgrounds, or are at different points in their career.

It’s important to remember that this course is about skills development, and you’ll be able to use these skills at different points now, or perhaps in your future. Everything you will learn in this course will help you to identify the right path towards your ideal job.

Over to you

Before we start our exploration of your essential skills for the workplace, why not take some time to introduce yourself to one another?

  • What are your goals for this course, why did you decide to sign up?
  • What are you looking forward to learning this week?
  • How do you feel about the term ‘ideal career’? Is this something you find exciting or intimidating?

Share and discuss your responses with other learners in the Comments section.

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Essential Skills for Your Career Development

University of Leeds