Workshop Descriptions

Learn more about Graduate! Philadelphia's workshops.

Career Coaching 101: Build Your Professional Path to Success - Part 1

What is Your Career Personality Type? Discover which career fields would be best suited for you based on your specific values, traits and interests. Take a career assessment and identify your individual personality type. Once we determine possible career paths, we will then discuss the options within those fields and the education/experience required. Research techniques will also be presented. Resume and cover letter critiques will be performed during this first session.

Career Coaching 101: Build Your Professional Path to Success - Part 2

Dress for Success/Become a Networking Pro: Learn how to dress for the position you want while presenting yourself as a professional and an expert of your craft. Business etiquette topics will be discussed and as well as a presentation of today's top career wardrobe options. Business experts will also be on hand to discuss the importance of networking and how to get started (especially while in college). Identify the benefits of social marketing and networking groups such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Career Coaching 101: Build Your Professional Path to Success - Part 3

How to Ace that Job Interview: Okay, so you landed the interview. Now what? Prepare yourself - learn about the company as well as the person you are interviewing with. Compile your questions in advance. Learn techniques to make sure the interviewer can see your true personality and how you would be a great fit for their organization. The culmination of this session will include mock interviews with critiques and pointers for next steps.

Choices: Selecting a Career that's Right for You

Making a career decision can seem like an overwhelming task but it doesn't have to be! There are many resources that can help you through the process. It's important to understand that making this kind of decision is a process that includes several steps; coming to this workshop is just the first step.

College 101

Are you interested in receiving sound information about the best times to apply for admission, academic majors that are the best fit for you, transfer credits, using the online catalog, ways to maximize the application process and much, much, more? Then this workshop is for you. Please come out and join us in learning about the basics of returning to learning.

College IS Possible

This workshop will provide you with critical skills that will help you succeed in college, outline the benefits of a college education for adult students, review how adults learn best, and much, much, more. If you are an adult currently in school or undecided about if college is for you, this workshop is for you.

College Options for Working Adults

Interested in returning to college? Let us explain the many modes of delivery to assist in helping college fit into your life. It is possible to balance work, family, and school with these new delivery modes. Come and learn about the many options available to you.

Creating Dynamic Resumes That Work 

Research suggests that your resume has less than 20 seconds to make the right impression, so it must be eye-catching and easy to read. If you are worried about writing a resume, or struggling with the task, you're not alone! Are you looking to change fields or just give your resume some more meat? Have you applied for several jobs, but you are not getting any positive results? This workshop does not promise job placement. It does promise to make your resume more appealing to prospective employers, which may help you get in the door for an interview. Bring a copy of your resume for critiquing or to use as a starting point.

Enhance Your Study Skills

Would you like to develop better study habits? Are you interested in learning how to create an environment conducive to studying? Do you suffer from test anxiety? This workshop will introduce some basics ways of organizing course material and class notes, outlining and reading strategies, and other important skills for test preparation.

Everything Adults Need to Know About Returning to College

You've decided to return to college as an adult. Now what? This workshop will help you explore the essential early decisions, necessary paperwork, and important long-term planning for reenrolling in college and completing your degree. Don't let lack of planning and preparation be a deterrent to your success on your journey back to college. Come and learn how to map out an effective plan for college and career success!!!

Financial Aid Completion workshop (bring all applicable items):

For the 2010-2011 FAFSA Application (students taking classes in summer 2010, fall 2010 and/or spring 2011)
• 2009 Tax Return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) - Students and Parents if you are a Dependent Student
• If you are an eligible resident you must bring your Alien Registration Number
• Dependent Students must bring Parents D.O.B and Social Security Number

> Learn more about funding your education

Goal Setting

Have you ever wondered why you have set so many goals, but have yet to achieve them? Or are you still trying to figure out what your goals are? Either way, this workshop can help you narrow down your educational, career and even personal goals. Once you attend this workshop, you will know exactly what you have to do to go from setting goals to achieving goals. Returning to college is just one of your goals that Graduate! Philadelphia can help you with. Sign up for this workshop so we can assist you with achieving so much more!

Intentional Learner

As a returning college student one of the best ways to make sure your experience is different this time around is to become an intentional learner. This workshop will assist you with developing a realistic plan to become an intentional learner. Becoming an intentional learner will enable you to merge best practices in study skills and classroom learning into your learning process. Join us in an effort to develop the skills to be knowledgeable in classroom protocol and strategies, use learning style strengths and overcome weaknesses, maximize the information on a course syllabus, and much more.

Introduction to Computers

Are you interested in learning the basics of operating a computer? Are you comfortable with your current level of computer knowledge? Come learn some basics such as how to use the mouse, navigating the Internet and introductory ways to utilize the computer. You will have the opportunity to have a "hands on" experience learning the basics of the computer at the end of the workshop.

Managing Your Career

Are you having difficulty figuring out how your skills fit into today's job market? Are you confused about your career direction and are unsure about what to do next? Do you know what it takes to choose a career for the new millennium? Come find out exactly what you need to know about yourself and the labor market in order to take charge of your life and move ahead. If you are considering a career change or recently been laid off? This workshop may be able to help you find direction and focus.

Managing Your Money

Are you wondering how you can better manage your money so that you can financially be prepared to go back to college? Come join us for this useful workshop that will teach you time-tested ways to manage your money and save money along with helpful tips and resources. We'll help you find ways to stretch your money so that you can achieve your dream of attending/graduating college. Join us and learn how to balance it all!!!

Myths and Realities of Online Education

Have you thought about taking a class online? This seminar will offer an introduction to the online classroom format, while providing concrete information on the look, feel, and logistics of taking a class online. Additionally, common myths and misconceptions of online education will be dispelled and realities will be shared.

Note Taking

Are you interested in learning how to build your note-taking skills? This workshop is designed to assist you in learning how to make your class time more valuable for active listening and effective note-taking.

Obtaining College Credits for What You Already Know

Are you wondering how you can earn college credits for knowledge you already have? Maybe, you can get credits for those professional development trainings your job sent you to. We'll help you discover the various ways that you can get credit for what you already know in an effort to complete your degree.

Recession-Proof Your Career

How do you stay competitive in today's job market? Which careers withstand difficult economic times? Do you have the training and education to compete for those jobs? Having a college education is now more important than ever when it comes to standing out professionally. Come and learn how to market your individual strengths to potential employers. Learn how to develop a game plan which starts with identifying and developing your transferable skills.

Research and Documentation for Writing

What comes to mind when you hear the words “research paper”? Many students find the process of writing essays requiring academic sources intimidating, and for good reason! Research papers demand that you carefully reconsider your ideas at all stages of the research and writing process, integrating your insights with previous scholarship on the subject. On top of all this thinking and rethinking, research papers require you to accurately acknowledge your sources using a particular style such as MLA, Chicago, or APA. In this two hour workshop, we will discuss how to find, organize, and document sources. After attending this workshop, you will breathe a little easier the next time a course requires you to write a research paper.

Rev Up Your Reading Skills For College

This workshop will focus on strategies to assist students in becoming more efficient and effective readers of college-level textbooks, journal articles, and other scholarly sources. Attendees will learn easy-to-use strategies such as SQ4R that will assist them in their reading at the college level. A question-and-response time at the end of the session will held at the end of the session.

Stress Relief Workshop

Your health can have a big impact on what you do with your life and your education. While there are some health conditions you cannot control, there are many you can. One important factor that affects your overall health is stress. Change is usually stressful. Returning to school will be a significant change in your life. Taking care of your body and emotional health, and getting support when you need it, will also help you manage life's changes. Come learn about ways to manage and relieve stress.

The Art of Powerful Presentations - Part 1

Would you like to be a better public speaker at work or school? This workshop will help you improve your face-to-face presentation skills. Imagine a boss giving you 10 minutes to prove you deserve a raise or a professor giving you 10 minutes to prove you deserve an "A" instead of a "B". We will review techniques to organize, develop and critique presentations. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills as a public speaker and learn to address groups with confidence. This is a valuable tool for both the classroom and the workplace. Come out and learn how to present with confidence and authority.

The Art of Powerful Presentations - Part 2

Have you ever sat in a presentation at work or school either completely bored or terribly distracted by things the presenter did? Make sure this does not happen when you are the presenter. This exciting conclusion workshop will help you enhance your presentation skills when persuading, educating, or informing any audience. Focus will be on delivery, and strategy, use of visual aids, and handling questions & answers. Come out and learn tips for constructing and delivering savvy and persuasive presentations.

The Skinny on Writing Placement Tests

The words "placement test" make many students want to run for the door, and most students find timed essays especially intimidating. This workshop will relieve some of your fears by introducing you to the elements of college writing placement tests and offering strategies for approaching both multiple-choice questions and timed essays. Even if you have already taken your placement tests, this workshop can help prepare you for timed writing assignments and essay exams.

Time Management

For many of us, the time to return to school must be carved out of an already busy schedule. How well you manage your time, affects your performance in college. Learn how to be satisfied with how you manage your time both in and out of school. In addition, learn how to improve your time management skills. If you are not satisfied with how you manage your time, meet deadlines or accomplish goals, then this is the workshop for you!

Utilizing your College Campus Resources

Once you register for classes at a college, you are eligible for an array of resources. The majority of colleges offer several services that can help you with becoming a better college student, understanding financial aid and personal budgeting, learning how to enjoy college, understanding how to balance work and school, making yourself more employable and much, much more. Do you know what these resources are? Do you know which office to go to in order to receive these services? If not, this is the workshop for you.

Writing Academic Essays

Do you feel as though your writing skills are a bit rusty? Do you remember the basics of writing an essay? Are you nervous about returning to school and having to develop an essay or paper? Well, this seminar is for you. Come out and refresh your writing skills!