First day jitters?

Starting online courses this fall? Have the first day jitters? Use the first day checklist below for each of your online courses to make it a smooth transition.ready, set, go

1. Log in to EVERYTHING!  – It’s important to check for announcements regarding your college, your program or course(s) on a daily basis. To stay in the know, be sure you are checking the following daily:

  • Your student email – the primary mode of communication for everything regarding your college education and courses
  • Your course room – read News items on your course home page in Desire2Learn (D2L) or whatever platform your college/course is using
  • Your college website – check for college-related announcements regarding closures, events, or even scholarship opportunities

2. Check your course – Login and participation in the first week of online courses is critical! You need to participate or you risk getting behind, or possibly, losing your seat in the course.

3. Read the syllabus – For each course you should find, print and READ the course syllabus. Keep a copy of each course syllabus in a safe place in case you should need to refer to them down the road.

4. Open the book – Be sure that you have ordered and received the correct textbook and/or course materials (refer to the course syllabus) before opening the packaging. Once confirmed, open the book and (at the very least) start skimming the pages.

5. Mark your calendar – Start marking your calendar with important college and course dates for better time management.

6. Email the instructor – You should note the contact information for your instructor(s). We suggest you email your instructor(s) on day one to introduce yourself and be sure you know how to use the email tool.

7. Complete any assignment(s) – Get a head start! Look for assignments that are due within the first week or two and get to work!

Most importantly…have fun! There is so much to enjoy about online learning, including the diversity of your classmates. Be sure to build breaks into your study time so you don’t burn yourself out. Visit the GPS LifePlan for additional study strategies.

And don’t forget…we have staff available seven days a week to troubleshoot questions!

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Work Ethics

How is your job search going? Have you been fortunate enough to have several interviews but no offers? Maybe you’re not letting the real you come through!

Certainly, employers like to see that you have the education and experience to handle the job. MinnesotaOnline-hand-displaying-hiredHowever, they also want to know what kind of person you are. Specifically, your values and your work ethic. They want to know how well your type of personality will fit into their organization.

According to Amelia Jenkins of Demand Media: “A work ethic is a set of moral principles an employee uses in her job. There are 5 Factors that demonstrate a strong work ethic. Incorporate this list of skills into your interview and show your potential employer that you have what it takes to be a valued employee.”

Integrity stretches to all aspects of an employee’s job. An employee with integrity fosters trusting relationships with clients, coworkers and supervisors. Coworkers value the employee’s ability to give honest feedback. Clients trust the employee’s advice. Supervisors rely on the employee’s high moral standards, trusting him not to steal from the company or create problems.

Sense of Responsibility
A strong sense of responsibility affects how an employee works and the amount of work she does. When the employee feels personally responsible for her job performance, she shows up on time, puts in her best effort and completes projects to the best of her ability.

Emphasis on Quality
Some employees do only the bare minimum, just enough to keep their job intact. Employees with a strong work ethic care about the quality of their work. They do their best to produce great work, not merely churn out what is needed. The employee’s commitment to quality improves the company’s overall quality.

It takes a certain level of commitment to finish your tasks every day. An employee with good discipline stays focused on his goals and is determined to complete his assignments. These employees show a high level of dedication to the company, always ensuring they do their part.

Sense of Teamwork
Most employees have to work together to meet a company’s objectives. An employee with a high sense of teamwork helps a team meet its goals and deliver quality work. These employees respect their peers and help where they can, making collaborations go smoother.

If you think you might need a little more help, please call a Minnesota Online Advisor or visit the Minnesota Online Career Workshop. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

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