LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS, VOLUME 1: PERSONAL FINANCE.
Overview: Personal Decision-Making and Shopping.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Buying or Leasing a Car.
Buying or Renting Home or Apartment.
Section 2: How to Pay for Everyday Purchases.
Cash, Bank Accounts, Debit Cards.
Credit and Charge Accounts.
Alternate Forms of Currency - Money Orders, Cashier's and Travelers' Checks.
Gift Cards and Gift Certificates.
Overview: Why People Go into Debt.
Section 1: Types of Loans.
Line of Credit.
Personal and Business Loans.
Home Loan/Home Equity Loan.
Payday Loan / Cash Advance.
Debt Consolidation Loan.
Section 2: Lenders.
Savings & Loans.
Cash Advance Stores.
Section 3: Too Much Debt.
Overview: Saving and Investing Money.
Section 1: Reasons for Saving and Investing.
Saving for College.
Section 2: Types of Investment and Savings Options.
Certificates of Deposit, Savings Accounts, Money Markets.
Stocks, Bonds, and Other Securities.
Capital Gains and Losses.
Overview: Insurance and Government Protection.
Section 1: Types of Insurance.
Car and Motorcycle Insurance.
Health and Medical Insurance.
Dental and Vision Insurance.
Section 2: Government Insurance and Protection Programs.
Medicare and Medicaid.
Food Stamps, Bridge Cards, Temporary Assistance.
Consumer Credit Protection Act.
Consumer Bill of Rights.
LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS, VOLUME 2: EMPLOYMENT.
Overview: Taking Action on Your Job Search.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Entering the Workforce for the first time.
Re-entering the Workforce.
Identifying High Growth Opportunities.
Getting Organized and Setting Goals.
Section 2: Sources for Employment Information / Where to Look for Postings.
Company's Internal Postings and External Websites.
Internet Job Boards.
College Career Centers and Local Libraries.
Section 3: Developing Experience.
Internships and Apprenticeships.
Mentoring / Career Coaching Opportunities.
Overview: Identifying and Targeting New Opportunities.
Section 1: Self-Assessments/Skills Identification.
Section 2: Education and Training.
General vs. Specialized.
Identifying and Selecting Programs.
Vocational Technical Training.
Certifications and Licensure.
Internal Training Opportunities.
Online Learning Opportunities.
Overview: Getting A Job.
Section 1: Applying.
Writing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter.
Pre-Employment Background Screenings.
Requesting a Recommendation or Referral.
Section 2: Interviewing.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Preparation, Body Language, Proper Attire.
Section 3: Negotiating.
Salary and Other Considerations.
Managing Multiple Job Offers.
Overview: Keeping A Job or Knowing When It's Time to Move On.
Section 1: Useful Job Skills.
How to Deal with a Difficult Boss or Colleague.
Maintaining and Refreshing Essential Skills.
Section 2: Career Advancement.
Assessing Your Company and Your Role Within It.
Determining a Career Development Plan.
Overcoming Internal Obstacles.
Section 3: Leaving a Job.
Managing Your Professional Online Presence.
Preparing for Job / Career Transition.
Leaving a Job the Right Way.
LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS, VOLUME 3: HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
Overview: Nutrition, Exercise and Personal Care and Hygiene.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Food, Weight, and Body Shape.
Food Allergies and Intolerances.
Section 2: Healthy Routines: Physical Fitness and Exercise.
Body and Mind Connection.
Choosing a Physical Activity.
Establishing and Maintaining a Fitness Routine.
Section 3: Personal Care and Hygiene.
Basic Hygiene Habits.
Basic Grooming Habits.
Clothing, Bedding, Towels and Personal Items.
Healthy Habits When Away from Home (i.e., traveling, at work, etc.).
Overview: Preventive Health Care; Medications; Alternative Medicine.
Being Proactive: Illness Prevention, Injury Prevention, Preventive Medicine.
Regular Check-ups and Doctor's Visits.
First Aid Basics.
Section 2: Medications and Supplements.
Types of Medications: Prescription vs. OTC.
How to Read Labels and Drug and Medication Information Sheets.
Vitamins, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies.
Safe and Effective Use of Medications and Supplements.
Section 3: Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Homeopathy & Naturopathy (Western Natural Healing Practices).
Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicines.
Meditation, Biofeedback and Other Mind-Body Techniques.
Diet, Herbal Medicines and other Similar Therapies.
Chiropractic, Massage and Other Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies.
Magnetic, Reiki and Other Energy Therapies.
Overview: Health Care System.
Section 1: U.S. Government Health Programs.
Affordable Care Act.
Medicare / Medicaid.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) / State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Veterans Health Administration / Military Health System; TRICARE.
Indian Health Service.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Prescription Assistance (SPAP).
Section 2: Private Health Coverage.
Consumer-driven Health Care.
Managed Care / Coordinated Care Plans.
Non-medical Health Insurance.
Overview: Personal Identity; Mental Health; and Behavior.
Section 1: Self Concept / Self Esteem / Behaviors / Habits.
Self-perception - how do you think about yourself?
Self-esteem - how do you feel about yourself?
Behaviors and Habits.
Section 2: Mental Health / Mental Illness.
Mental Health's Impact on Physical and Social Health.
Common Mental/Psychological Illnesses and Disorders.
Mental Health Therapies and Treatment Options.
Dealing with Stress.
LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS, VOLUME 4: SOCIAL SKILLS.
Overview: Interpersonal Communication Skills.
Section 1: Verbal / Spoken.
Consider language, tone, pitch and audience.
Telephone or remote web conference.
Via other media - such as, radio, television, podcasts, etc.
Section 2: Nonverbal.
Why does nonverbal communication matter?
Projecting and interpreting nonverbal cues and signals.
How do emotions and stress impact nonverbal communication?
Section 3: Written and Visualizations.
Know Your Audience.
Personal vs. professional memos, letters, texts and emails.
Professional writing for books, magazines, etc.
Postings on Social Networks (i.e., Twitter, FaceBook, etc.)
Overview: Organization, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, and Conflict Resolution Skills.
Section 1: Getting organized/Project Management Skills.
Planning and time management.
Methods and plans.
Scheduling and coordinating resources.
Setting and meeting deadlines.
Section 2: Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills.
How are problem-solving and decision-making related?
What are the basic steps involved?
What are some of the techniques to identify possible options / solutions to a problem?
How can complex problems and decisions differ from simple ones?
Section 3: Conflict Resolution Skills.
How and why does conflict occur?
Tips/techniques for managing and resolving conflict.
Mediating Conflict Among Others.
Regulating Stress and Emotions.
Overview: Entering the Workplace: Professional Ethics, Etiquette and Conduct.
Section 1: Professional Ethics.
Fundamental Workplace Ethics - What Are They?
Employer’s Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct.
Examples of Employee Misconduct or Unethical Behavior.
Section 2: Workplace Etiquette and Conduct.
Making First Impressions.
Proper Meeting Etiquette.
Professional Attire and Workspace Appearance.
Basics of International Business Etiquette.
Overview: Teamwork, Collaboration and Leadership Skills.
Section 1: Teamwork Skills and Developing Healthy Team Dynamics.
Identify your own strengths and weaknesses.
Recognize/appreciate the diversity among your team and/or working group members.
Understanding Team Culture.
Overcoming Obstacles and Conflicts.
Section 2: Negotiation Skills.
How are persuading, influencing and negotiation skills related?
The Art of Compromise.
Section 3: Leadership Skills.
What makes a good leader? What makes a bad leader?
How do you become a leader?
Different Situations and Personalities May Call for Different Leadership Styles.