Have you ever wondered how do I get to that next level in my career?  What does it take?  This course will help you identify those skills that all great leaders possess, while learning new skills that will help take you to the next level.  Whether you are leading a department or a organization you will gain the knowledge you need to be successful.  Learn how to incorporate a developed image and communication skills that will rocket you to that next level.
One-month course, Tawanda McLaurin, instructor

Unit 1
Mapping your Career for Success
-Defining where you want to be in your career in 5, 10, 15 years
-Setting and monitoring your career goals
-Establishing a mentor partnership as a start in your professional career

Unit 2
Developing your Professional Career through Non-Verbal Communication
-The difference between verbal and non-verbal communication
-Conveying the right message with your body language
-Writing what you think
-Haptics – Using touch to convey non-verbal communication
-How to  understand others non-verbal communication
Unit 3
Image is Everything
-You are your brand
-What you wear can determine where you go
-How to determine if your image is headed in the right direction
-How your communication and your image should agree with each other
Unit 4
Using Social Media to help develop your Professional Career
-The purpose of Social Media
-How to use Social Media to create a professional online presence
-How to avoid negative images trap that many people fall victim to on Social Media

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):

Developing Your Leadership Skills
May 6 - 31
July 1 - 26
October 7 - November 1

Developing Your Professional Career
June 3 - 28
August 5 - 30
November 4 - 29

Leadership Principles
June 3 - 28
September 3 - 28

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$395.0000 USD
$145 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Tawanda McLaurin is a dynamic leader serving in leadership positions in education and as a facilitator of Professional Development and IT courses at the local college. She believes that each individual has what it takes to reach their goals and helps individuals create roadmaps for success.
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  •  To provide tools needed to  identify your brand.
  •  To address the most commonly asked questions about developing your professional career.
  •  Detail steps to identify different leadership styles.
  •  To provide those interested in developing a professional career with a knowledge of how to use non-verbal      communication effectively.
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course you will:
  • Possess the information necessary to identify the difference between verbal and non-verbal communication in the workplace.
  • Distinguish different styles of leadership.
  • Have the basic knowledge necessary to successfully lead a department or organization.
  • Know your brand and use tools for improvement  to convey the right non-verbal message.
Completion Requirements