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Posted: July 19, 2017

By: Carolyn Young

 

Time for Change: Ready or Not?

For many people, the middle of summer is a time to reflect and recharge. The benefits of taking time to switch off and relax are multiple and diverse. Getting away to the cottage, visiting with family and friends, swimming, hiking, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and watching the sun go down, the change of pace not only contributes to our mental and physical well-being, but also nurtures creativity and innovation. In a recent article, “Being Busy is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively”, the authors cite how many of us are struggling with “an addiction to busyness.” They explain, “Engaging creatively requires hitting the reset button, which means carving space in your day for lying around, meditating, or staring off into nothing.”

For some of us, however, the time off leads to another kind of reflection that we are ready to make a change. Symptoms may range from optimism and excitement about a golden opportunity to general distraction, and even dread about returning to work and the routine. Recognizing these feelings is the first step in beginning a new approach or direction.

Whether the change is a variation on your working style, taking on more responsibility, or a career change, learning something new is one of the best ways to not only improve your present reality, but transform your entire future as well.

Three examples of professional certificates that have had a significant, if not life-changing, impact on our learners include Conflict, Mediation and NegotiationLeadership, and Learning and Development.

The Professional Certificate in Conflict, Mediation and Negotiation enables you to learn how to respond to conflict creatively and positively to resolve differences in your personal and professional interactions.

If your goal is career growth and promotion, the Professional Certificate in Leadership provides the skills towards retaining a leadership role in your organization and your life.

Many career changers have found their calling through courses in the Professional Certificate in Learning and Development. Whether you work in a corporate, academic or public sector organization, this certificate helps you improve on your facilitation, design, and assessment skills in various learning environments.

There are so many more learning options to explore. Are you ready?

 

 

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