This Week in PCM: Knowledge is Power

This week most children will return to school. Here at PositivityChange, knowledge is power! Below is a quote from Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela about the power of education. Wishing all students regardless of age, a happy and productive back to school!

08222016 Education is the most powerful tool

 

 

Phenomena LLC Is Offering a Free Personal Branding Course to Help Busy Professionals

01242016 You are the brand!

Read the original press release here: http://bit.ly/1swiYAy

Carla R Jenkins, CEO of Phenomena LLC, is offering a free personal branding email course. Boost Your Brand with 5 Personal Branding Tips is an email course giving the professional 1 personal branding tip every day for 5 days. In addition, each lesson comes with a corresponding exercise after every lesson. Ms. Jenkins remarks that ‘it is essential to make this course as interactive as my book, Expand Your Personal Brand’. Expand Your Personal Brand contains 20 chapters with 20 corresponding exercises. Boost Your Brand email course accomplishes the same thing on a smaller scale. ‘In today’s globally competitive environment, it is indispensable for every professional to have his own personal brand.’ You can sign up for this course here: http://positivitychange.com/course

Carla R. Jenkins

Carla R Jenkins is a phenomenal expert specializing in positive change management. As the CEO of Phenomena Management Consulting, Carla Jenkins is a business visionary and trailblazer who coaches and leads organizations and individuals in addressing their business, economics, branding and project management needs. Furthermore, in 10 years’ work experience, Ms. Jenkins has received 4 promotions in 10 years. She is also the chief blogger for PositivityChange.com, a positive change management blog, and PM.Expert a project management blog.

Carla Jenkins has been rated #12 out of the top 21 change management experts on Twitter by Change Blog. Ms. Jenkins is ranked along with such luminaries like Mike Lehr, Andre Harrell and John P. Kotter. Here is the link:http://change.walkme.com/21-change-management-influencers-you-absolutely-need-to-follow-on-twitter/

Visit Carla R Jenkins at her website: http://carlarjenkins.com/

Buy Expand Your Personal Brand on either Amazon or http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXTELEE

 

This Week in Positive Change Management: Self-Investment is the Best Investment

10262015 Self-Investment Is the Best Investment

The global workplace is uncertain. You don’t know if you’ll be with your current employer by the end of this week. Even the federal government isn’t safe from layoffs with sequestration. Self-investment is certain but the question everyone poses is how do you afford self-investment on a shoestring budget?

Regardless of what happens, start saving 5%-10% of your monthly income.

It provides you with a cushion to afford options. I’ve used this cushion to self-finance my PMP certification and community college courses advancing my career.

Look at your employer’s resources

Your company might offer training programs, tuition assistance for college courses and leadership development programs. These corporate courses let you cultivate and develop the necessary skills to get to the next level. I have been selected into two leadership development programs with two separate federal agencies. I have acquired new skills and obtained new sponsors who would advocate for me internally.

Community colleges

They have residency discounts with people in the county. Community colleges also specialize in workforce retraining so you won’t feel out of place with younger students like at four-year colleges. Community colleges have perennially catered to the needs of older workers retooling themselves for the current marketplace.

Libraries

Don’t sleep on libraries. They offer the best career resources. Many libraries provide free computer courses and databases to upgrade your skill set. Furthermore, they also have career books and magazines that you can read to refine yourself.

Professional organizations

Professional organizations offer continuing education through their chapters. Furthermore, they provide discounts on industry certifications. In addition, these organizations also have continuing education seminars and workshops to educate their members on current industry trends.

Alumni Associations

Many college alumni associations have online and offline educational discounts for their members. You can also use their networks to ask other members for career resources.

MOOCs (Coursera and MIT OpenCourseware)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer free resources to upgrade your skills set on your own time. MIT OpenCourseware possesses a wealth of free courses. Coursera offers free courses and certificates for $49. Some of these courses might qualify for personal development units to renew your professional certification.

Online Courses (Ed2Go)

Ed2Go is an affordable online course website that many community colleges partner with to offer their students more options. Depending on the college, classes range from $99-$130 apiece. I have used Ed2Go to take and renew my project management certification.

Hopefully, any of these free or low-cost options will enable you to jumpstart your self-investment journey. Self-investment is the best investment.