Career Success Specialization

Starts Mar 27

Career Success Specialization

Build Essential Skills for the Workplace

Improve your employability and advance in today’s dynamic workforce.

About This Specialization

This series of courses will help you build, develop and hone the essential skills needed to improve your employability and advancement in today’s dynamic workforce. The courses in this Specialization may be taken in any order. Each course can also be taken independently. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply the skills you have gained throughout the courses to your individual and organizational needs.

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courses
10 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.

projects
Projects

Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.

certificates
Certificates

Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Projects Overview

Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Project Management: The Basics for Success

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian)

    About the Course

    This course combines the essential elements of Project Management and Team Leadership into one course. Through class engagement and reflection, you will acquire further understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to apply this knowledge to the project environment.
  2. COURSE 2

    Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Dutch, Bulgarian, Korean, Russian, Spanish

    About the Course

    You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity.
  3. COURSE 3

    Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Impact your financial decisions and learn how to affect the performance of your unit's profitability and of your organization. In this course gain a basic understanding of finance and accounting concepts to drive your organization's growth. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained general financial knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the impact of your decisions outside your functional area. Content of the course includes selected aspects of finance from a non-financial specialist perspective. Specific topics include: financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow, and strategic financing. This class will be interactive and will require the active involvement of the participants in finance related activities.
  4. COURSE 4

    Communication in the 21st Century Workplace

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    In today's fast-paced business environment, employees at all levels find themselves being asked to handle more tasks, meet more deadlines, take on more responsibilities, and adapt to more change. Added to these challenges is the constantly shifting diversity of the workplace, where coworkers cope with generational, gender, age and cultural differences. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is at the foundation of everything we do and say, and is especially important in the 21st century workplace. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and can be improved upon with the right training. The focus of this course is to heighten students’ awareness of workplace communication, and add new interpersonal skills, with the end result of becoming a more competent communicator overall. Target areas include: the process and functions of communication, behavioral patterns, perceptions as reality, verbal and nonverbal cues and behaviors, confidence, assertiveness, tact, anger management, criticism and constructive feedback, conflict resolution, team building, leadership, interviewing, and communicating more effectively with technology (email, Skype, texting, etc.).
  5. COURSE 5

    High-Impact Business Writing

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian

    About the Course

    Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. You'll also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple interoffice memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.
  6. COURSE 6

    The Art of Negotiation

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish

    About the Course

    The art of negotiation comes into play daily in the life of employees at all levels and in every position. Participants explore how current approaches to negotiation strategy and tactics are used, what negotiation entails, types of negotiation relationships that exist from hard bargain to win-win, to fully partnered relationships and personal ones. The course explores the personal and behavioral characteristics of an effective negotiator. Participants discuss how empowerment, power, and authority affect the negotiation process and outcome. Topics include how important it is to plan and prepare for a negotiation session.
  7. COURSE 7

    Fundamentals of Management

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    Are you about to enter the workforce? Are you an emerging professional? Are you new to your role in the organization? All prospective new employees benefit from understanding management principles, roles and responsibilities, regardless of position. Now you can acquire an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts and theories of management while exploring the manager's operational role in all types of organizations. Gain insight into the manager's responsibility in planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling within the workplace. It’s never too soon to plan your professional path by learning how the best managers manage for success!
  8. COURSE 8

    Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish

    About the Course

    Critical thinking – the application of scientific methods and logical reasoning to problems and decisions – is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making. Critical thinking enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes. Gain confidence in assessing problems accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks. Learn how to use analysis, synthesis, and positive inquiry to address individual and organizational problems and develop the critical thinking skills needed in today’s turbulent times. Using case studies and situations encountered by class members, explore successful models and proven methods that are readily transferable on-the-job.
  9. COURSE 9

    Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action

    Upcoming session: Mar 27 — May 1.
    Commitment
    4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
    Subtitles
    English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Arabic

    About the Course

    Success in business can be greatly enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies solutions. This interactive course provides potential entrepreneurs with the knowledge of succeeding in an entrepreneurial opportunity. Topics include: how creativity, opportunity and feasibility are best evaluated; business strategies for new businesses; importance of a business plan; achieving success in a new business. At the end of the course students will have the skills and confidence to evaluate starting a business, in addition to becoming more enterprising in how they approach their roles should they decide to work in organizations.
  10. COURSE 10

    Career Success Project

    Upcoming session: May 1 — Jun 19.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    The purpose of the Capstone Project in the Career Success Specialization is for you to apply the methods and techniques you learned in the series of courses to a personal experience, giving you a way to communicate your value to potential employers. You’ll focus your communication, management, negotiation, problem solving, business writing, time management, finance, entrepreneurship, and project management skills into a single project that demonstrates your career readiness. Upon completing this course you will be able to: 1. Conduct a SWOT analysis to evaluate an organization's resources, environment, and opportunities 2. Write a SWOT analysis report using a SWOT matrix 3. Develop a viable solution to an organization's weakness or threat

Creators

  • University of California, Irvine

    The University of California, Irvine excels in a broad range of fields and is noted for its excellent research and graduate programs, an extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and a growing number of professional schools and programs of academic importance and social significance.

    Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways.

  • David Standen, MBA

    David Standen, MBA

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed.

    Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed.

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension
  •   Dave Nagy

    Dave Nagy

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Patricia  Bravo, MBA, SPHR

    Patricia Bravo, MBA, SPHR

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Sue Robins, M.S. Ed.

    Sue Robins, M.S. Ed.

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension
  • Margaret  Meloni,  MBA, PMP

    Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP

    Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension

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