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Preparing to Succeed: Charting Your Own Self-Development

COURSE NO: K07-001
Preparing to Succeed: Charting Your Own Self-Development
Note: New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NJNYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will address many of key issues that business authors and thinkers have identified as critical for professional growth.  There is also a suggested reading list at the end of the course for those who want to get more deeply into the topics presented here.


The US Army used to have this slogan: "Be All You Can Be" as a recruiting enticement because it knew many young people really did not have an idea of what their future held - or what they wanted it to hold for them.


Many people feel it is the obligation of their employer to help them develop their career. Human Resource professionals know that employers with strong employee development programs have a distinct advantage in recruiting and retaining talent. However, employers like that are scarce. Employees with drive and self-motivation will not have to wait for their employer to act but can use this course to chart their own self-development.


The concepts presented here will get the learner off to a safe start in developing their career while gaining experience regardless if the organization is public, private, or volunteer. We say "safe" as in avoiding errors that can create problems now or in the future.  The model for this course is the typical high school drivers' education program where (in theory) you learn just enough to start driving safely with minimal risk to yourself and others while you gain knowledge and experience. 


This 7 PDH online course is intended to mentor learners in helping them understand the workplace from a position of "been there, done that" to guide their development in a logical sequence of looking inward at themselves before looking outward at the world around them.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • List three essential elements of self-development
  • Identify their unique work-related competencies
  • Develop a plan for building alliances with others
  • Explain why traditional networking is not as effective in career development as is building alliances
  • Examine their behavior to determine if there are "qualifiers" associated with them that may restrict career development.
  • View their performance through the eyes of their supervisor looking for improvement opportunities.
  • List all of the written expectations of their job in terms of quality, quantity, and time
  • Analyze their daily performance to determine if they are actually productive or just "busy"
  • Identify some clues that they may not be performing as well in reality as they assumed
  • List some unwritten job expectations their supervisor may have of them
  • List some unwritten expectations their coworkers may have of them
  • Explain if they connect authentically with others
  • Analyze themselves to determine the extent of their orientation toward reality
  • Analyze their daily behavior to discover their potential for self-inflicting wounds
  • Analyze their internal dialogues to determine if they have self-imposed any limitations on their development
  • Analyze their behaviors to determine how effectively they deal with negative or undesirable events
  • Rethink their logical arguments when they encounter faulty conclusions
  • Gauge the impact of their behavior on others
  • View their work performance from the perspective of a customer service position
  • Identify and evaluate 'moments of truth" in their daily encounters with others
  • Identify aspects of their behavior that are critical to effective interaction with others
  • Prioritize those elements of their behavior to ensure the most successful interaction
  • Identify their personal working style to maximize their effectiveness in the workplace
  • Identify clues to other working styles so they can act flexibly for an effective interaction
  • Analyze and modify as necessary their typical emotional reaction to unsettling events
  • Explain the value of managing their reaction to an event when they cannot control the event itself
  • Explain the value in maintaining a sense of proportion when encountering disappointment so as not to harm their career plans
  • Lose gracefully and smartly
  • List the key elements necessary for their personal development plan
  • Break out of behavioral patterns that may be limiting their potential for career growth
  • Identify and obtain a mentor if their employer does not have a formal mentoring program
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled "Preparing to Succeed: Charting Your Own Self-Development".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Preparing to Succeed: Charting Your Own Self-Development (1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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