Do you currently know your own strengths? Do you know how to cultivate your positive traits? Who we are as individuals and the unique skills we possess both have the ability to grow and change throughout our lives, making us better people and employees. The first step in this growth process includes identify traits and qualities about ourselves and others. To improve, we must first understand ourselves and then consider how best to make change.
In this course, you will learn about strengths, weaknesses, and skills. This information will help you become more capable and confident in the workplace by connecting your strengths and skills to future employment opportunities. You will leave this course knowing more about soft skills, be able to identify your own unique qualities, and understand ways to strengthen those qualities.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
• Define strengths and weaknesses, as well as list your own personal strengths and weaknesses.
• Define skills and differentiate them between hard and soft skills.
• Identify ways to improve your hard and soft skills.
• Evaluate your strengths, weaknesses, and skills for possible job fit.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Veronica O. White
Veronica O. White is the Work Skills Instructor for Goodwill Industries of Career Connection Center at Stapleton. She is responsible for providing job readiness/preparation courses and job coaching at the Center and is a Certified Résumé writer responsible for matching at-risk adults with employment or volunteer placements. Veronica is a leader who is able to work with a diverse community, passionately and effectively. She has her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College. Veronica has volunteered in the City of Aurora as a member and chair with the Aurora Human Relations Commission, and Vice President of the Western Region with the National Association of Human Right Workers. For her dedication and time, Veronica has been recognized with various awards including the Torch Bearer Award from the Human Relations Commission at the City of Aurora, Outstanding Staff Award from the University of Denver and recognition for Outstanding Service from former Mayor Stephen Hogan as well as a plethora of thank you cards for participants. Veronica is driven by giving back to her community, advocating and uplifting others and dotting on her four grandchildren who are known as her “four heartbeats.”
Emily Blanchard is a Michigan native, and has been an educator since 1993. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in math, science, and art. Blanchard spent 15 years teaching middle school mathematics in Clark County, Nevada. She served as a member of school improvement teams, was a cross-curricular learning strategist, participated as the only elected teacher on the Nevada State Support Team for her school, mentored dozens of new teachers, and was recognized as East Region Teacher of the Year. Blanchard completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She left the desert, moved to the mountains of Colorado, and started working for Denver Public Schools in 2008. As a member of Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Team, Blanchard has taught and developed curricula for classes that teach students job and life skills, counseled students with personal struggles, and coached high school upper-class students in identifying and pursuing their post-secondary dreams. Blanchard’s lifelong goals are to help others achieve all they can and to always be learning something new herself.