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The Strong Interest Inventory for Career Planning
Good career decisions come with strong self-knowledge. Career assessments can provide a helpful framework for thinking about yourself and where you fit in the world of work.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a self-report questionnaire used to measure and describe people’s interests in a broad range of occupations, work and leisure activities and educational subjects. This information can help you identify potential areas of interests, activities or work environments.
After registering for this course you will be sent a link to take the Strong questionnaire, which will need to be completed by 3:30 pm one day before the workshop. At the workshop you will receive your results and a debrief in a group setting from a certified Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.
Are you new to a supervisory role? Whether you’re a team leader, project manager or unit coordinator, this course is designed to help you deal with many of the challenges you may encounter as you move into a supervisory role. You will learn how to clarify your role and responsibilities, as well as develop your communication skills in listening, asking questions, resolving conflict and giving feedback to employees. You will also learn how to give clear instructions and identify techniques to deal with employee challenges, such as discontent, complaints and lack of productivity.
Supervisors are expected to get things done. To meet this expectation, it is critical to build a productive work force. Develop and enhance your skills in managing performance and gain practical techniques to help your employees set meaningful, productive goals. In addition, you will learn how to appraise employee conduct and goal achievement as part of an integrated performance management process.
The Art of Management and Supervision
Managers and supervisors play a critical role in an organization and require unique skills to motivate and lead their teams. Learn principles and strategies to enhance your supervisory and team building skills in a manner that will lead to improved team performance, morale and goal achievement.
Managing Priorities and Decision Making
Many unexpected situations can arise in a day so staying organized and on track is critical to being effective. Explore techniques and strategies for managing your time more effectively, setting priorities, solving problems and making decisions. Learn how to eliminate time wasters, run effective meetings and manage the email jungle.
Effective Communication Techniques
Strong communication skills are essential for leaders and managers to be effective and they require constant practice. Learn to communicate and present information more confidently and persuasively and discover the simple, but profound changes you can make to add impact and influence to your communications.
Foundations of Leadership
Leadership is fundamental at all levels in an organization. Explore the concept of leadership and the ten competencies of an effective leader including self-awareness, resiliency, working with others, and dealing with change. You develop an awareness of your own leadership strengths, gaps, and communication skills, and create a development plan tailored for you.
Leading People through Change
Change is a fact of life in organizations today. The ability to manage change and transition is a critical skill for leaders at all levels. Learn to recognize the stages of loss, explore the three stages of transition and the tips to help staff through each stage, identify the key communication questions that guide the change process, and explore five strategies that help staff through change and transition.
Hiring for Success
Hiring is both an art and a science. There are proven techniques that can help ensure you make the best hiring decision. Learn how to develop a fair and consistent interview process for selecting employees, how to prepare better job advertisements and how to develop a job analysis and position profile. Gain an understanding of the different types of questions and when to use them, along with interview techniques that get specific, behaviour-based examples of past performance.
Strategy and strategic ability are easy to demand, yet hard to define and execute. In the past, they were thought to be the domain of only the most senior leaders. But the creation of a powerful direction and energy that sparks reliable, long-term growth is now critical at all levels of the organization. This course de-mystifies strategy and strategic planning. Using real-life situations, you learn approaches to create a clear strategy and apply techniques that translate strategic goals into engaging action plans.
Change Management Fundamentals
Do you want to increase the success of your change initiatives? Change is now a way of life for most organizations. However, many change initiatives fail because the organization did not employ a structured, objective process for dealing with the ambiguous, subjective reality of implementing changes. In this course, you will learn how to utilize a Business Change Implementation Methodology and associated tools to significantly reduce resistance and begin the process of increasing acceptance and resilience.
Fostering Creativity & Innovation at Work
In today’s competitive and rapidly shifting markets, the most successful organizations recognize that tapping into their employee’s creativity and innovation benefits both the organization and the individual. Explore how mind mapping can help stimulate creative thinking as an individual and as part of a team, and learn how applying critical thinking skills and creating conceptual frameworks creates an environment for innovation. Creativity and innovation are not just the domain of the “creative types;” with the right tools and practice, everyone can develop their skills in this area.
Introduction to Digital SLR Photography
Take better photographs by learning how to use Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera operations and functions. You will become confident with various camera settings and your ability to control the application of those settings. Through real time, online classes and interaction with your instructor, you will have your questions answered and have the opportunity to enhance your photography skills through guided critiques. Required: Digital SLR camera with manual capabilities.
Digital SLR Basics
Take better photographs by learning the operations and functions of your Digital SLR camera and learn practical applications for camera settings. This one-day course is designed to give you solid working knowledge of your camera. Required: Digital SLR camera with manual capabilities.
Digital SLR Level I
Take better photos in all kinds of situations by learning the modes and capabilities of your Digital SLR camera. Learn how to control camera settings for proper exposure and build an understanding of image composition to achieve desired tone, style, and concept. Gain a better understanding of your camera and feel confident transitioning from automatic to manual mode to get creative control over your photos. Recommended prerequisite: VCPH 0101 Digital SLR Basics or equivalent. Required: DSLR camera with manual capabilities.
Gain the confidence and skills to enter the wonderful world of wedding photography. From techniques in composition, light, and locations, to intimate portraits and managing small and large group shots, learn indispensable strategies and skills to shoot as a professional. How to plan a wedding shoot from developing a shot list to set-up, and formal and informal creative posing of couples and groups will be presented. Ambient and artificial lighting, indoor and outdoor shooting, and best practices for professional shoots will also be covered.
The Business of Photography
Are you dreaming about starting your own photography business? Maybe you’ve started a side business and you’re looking to take your photography business to the next level. Gain a better understanding of copyright, how to protect your images, and how to price your work. You will also learn how to develop your personal brand, set up your business, create your website, and strategically use social media marketing tools to get noticed.
Photographing Children and Families
Capture beautiful family portraits with personality and style. Work with camera setting, light, composition and props to create exceptional individual and group portraits. Learn to skillfully and naturally pose subjects, and how to use lighting, colour and angles to your subject’s advantage. Acquire tips and tricks to capture stunning, professional quality photographs of children and families.
Adobe Lightroom - Essential Techniques for Photographers
Develop the skills necessary to enhance your digital photography and learn efficient workflow practices. Topics include an in-depth look at techniques for importing files, organizing photographs using the library, editing work in the develop module and outputting images for print and web. Required prerequisites: Digital SLR I or intermediate photography skills and basic computer skills.
Close-up and Macro Photography
Take a closer look at the intricate details of man-made and natural subjects and explore a variety of methods to gain magnification. Learn about lens selection, equipment and accessories for indoor table-top photography, as well as for outdoor subjects such as flowers and insects. You will engage in working with natural light, electronic flash and other light sources, as well as use limited depth of field and macro techniques. You will also participate in field trips, assignments and image critiques. Required prerequisite: Digital SLR I or intermediate photography skills and DSLR camera. Recommended: Macro lens and tripod.