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Career Transition Center George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center U.S. Department of State SEPTEMBER ESSENTIAL COMPUTER SKILLS 2008 Whatever your career goals for this next chapter — cash- I NSI DE THIS I SSUE: ier at WalMart or executive at Lockheed Martin — com- Essential Computer 1 puter skills will probably be essential job skills. Informa- Skills tion management skills appear in most „Top Ten Lists‟ of most essential job skills. The U.S. Department of Labor‟s Expatriate Favorites 3 list definitely includes them: New Editor 4 Problem-solving Vocational-technical JSP Grad Info 5 Human relations Computer programming Teaching-training Science and math Money management Information management Foreign language “Get over the Business management idea that only Mature workers like ourselves need to show that we are children should computer literate and ready to compete in today‟s job spend their time market. Monster.com advises workers wanting to be- come computer-literate to focus on: in study. “Basic skills to operate a computer, such as handling Be a student so a computer mouse, typing on a keyboard, and navi- long as you still gating file systems and menus. have something “Microsoft Office programs, with particular attention to to learn — and Word, Excel and PowerPoint -- roughly in that order. this will mean all “Essential Internet skills, such as email, Web browsing and searching.” your life.” (“Get Computer Skills as an Older Worker” by Allan Hoff- man, http://career-advice.monster.com/technology-skills/ ~ Henry L. Doherty career-changers/older-workers/Get-Computer-Skills-As- an-Older-Wor/home.aspx) To take your knowledge a step further, the central library near Ballston and the make sure you know how to: other at the Columbia Pike branch — which Format text and titles; create headers offer free computer classes: Arlington Public Library CyberCenters, http:// and footers; insert tables, charts, and graphics www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/ cyber/LibrariesCyberCeabout.aspx. Organize files on your hard drive for easy access “Anyone who stops learning is Maintain a detailed address book in your old, whether at twenty or MS Outlook or other e-mail file eighty.” Perform research on professional topics ~Henry Ford in the internet Know how to save or back-up to a CD or a flash drive Another resource can be found in your local schools. Most public school systems in the In this day and time, it would also be good U.S. offer adult continuing education to know how to jump back and forth be- classes that include computer training. These classes are usually very reasonably tween IBM-compatible PCs and Apple Mac- intosh computers, between Word 2003 and priced and held in local schools. Word 2007, and so on. Familiarity with web design software, such as HTML, Dream- The Adult and Community Education (ACE) weaver, or MS FrontPage, would be icing secton of Fairfax County Public Schools on the cake. (http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OACE/ infotech.htm) is offering several computer classes this Fall, including: “I am learning all the time. Blogging Basics: Create Your Own The tombstone will be my diploma.” Blog Today ($29), MS Office 2007 New Features ($49), ~ Eartha Kitt PowerPoint I ($178) Security Policy ($249), The Monster.com article highlights two ways in which you can obtain the training Working with Digital Media ($84), for these skills. Many of you are already classes on desktop publishing and employing the first method of enlisting a web design, and more. young relative or friend to teach you. The second is to take some of the basic training The Adult Education section of Arlington courses offered (often for free!) at your localPublic Schools (http:// library. www.apsva.us/1540108819214883/site/ default.asp) also offers computer classes. In Arlington, Virginia, the Arlington Public Their Fall classes include: Library has two „CyberCenters‟ — one at CTC NEWSLETTER PAGE 2 SEPTEMBER 2008 Buying Your New Computer ($39) In Washington, DC, you can find SeniorNet classes at Emmaus SeniorNet: Build and Maintain Your Own Web Site ($135) Emmaus Services for the Aging Microsoft PowerPoint ($85) 1426 9th Street NW Washington DC 20001 and many more Phone: 301/390-3717 Contact: Rinaldo Washington Montgomery County Public Schools in Web Page: Maryland has transferred all their adult edu- http://www.seniornet.org/usa/ cation classes to Montgomery College. Go emmaus/ to the Workforce Development & Continu- ing Education office at Montgomery Col- There may also be classes offered by tech- lege (http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/ nical institute, computer equipment ven- wdce/) to check out their IT classes for this dors, and others. Check your yellow pages Fall which include: and your local newspaper for more re- MS Word 2007 New Features Over- sources. view ($100) MS PowerPoint Introduction ($198) "When I learn something Introduction to Web Design Princi- new—and it happens every ples ($145) Creating Personal & Small Business day—I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little Web Sites ($257) more comfortable in the nest." -- Bill Moyers Even if you do not live in Montgomery County, most community colleges across the nation offer these courses. The Work- BEST PLACES TO LIVE force Development and Continuing Educa- tion of Northern Virginia Community Col- AS AN EXPATRIATE lege (http://www.nvcc.edu/develop/) has not If you are planning to „retire‟ overseas, you yet published their Fall classes, but promises to do so soon. might be interested to know that HSBC In- ternational has announced the 2008 win- ners of the World‟s Best Places To Be An Another excellent resource is SeniorNet, a Expatriate. The rankings are based on sev- eral criteria, including: nonprofit organization with 200 learning centers throughout the U.S. “SeniorNet‟s duration of assignment mission is to provide older adults education ability to earn high salaries and save a more luxurious life than back home for and access to computer technologies to good and reasonably priced housing enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.” (http:// Some of the results may surprise you. www.seniornet.org/php/default.php? Here‟s the list: PageID=5005) 1. Singapore 2. UAE and USA (tie) CTC NEWSLETTER PAGE 3 SEPTEMBER 2008 3. Belgium 4. Hong Kong Goodbye Patty: 5. Canada, Netherlands, Germany (tie) 6. India Patty Hayes has moved on to a new 7. China and Australia (tie) 8. France and Spain (tie) position as Management Officer at 9. UK the San Francisco Passport Office. San Francisco is Patty‟s hometown Read more about their choices on the and we all wish her the very best! Forbes website: “Life Abroad: World's Best Places To Be An Expat” by Vidya Ram, published 07.25.08 at http:// www.forbes.com/realestate/2008/07/25/ “Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in best-expat-postings-forbeslife- the U.S. Foreign Service” by Kopp & cx_vr_0725realestate.html . Also on the Gillespie: website, you may send Forbes your own opinion on the best locations for expats. Hot off the press, a book by retired FSOs Harry Kopp and Charles (Tony) Gillespie, Georgetown University The illiterate of the 21st century will notss. This book is a “home run” and will fill a yawning niche of needed in- be those who cannot read and write, but formation and boost the U.S. Foreign those who cannot learn, unlearn, and Service. The concept arose from a relearn. discussion about the need to educate ~Alvin Toffler and develop an understanding of an appreciation for the Foreign Service, its culture, history, work, etc. Visit www.careerdiplomacy.com to learn more about the book. Welcome Cheryl: CTC gives a warm welcome to Cheryl Coviello, your new CTC "Change is only another word Newsletter Editor. Cheryl recently re- for learning, therefore, the turned from a tour of duty in Vienna, theories of learning will also Austria where she served as Human be the theories of changing. Resources Officer to the Tri Missions. If you want to change, try learning, one might say, or more Cheryl welcomes YOUR input to precisely, if you want to be more in YOUR newsletter and would like to control of your change, take learning hear YOUR ideas on topics you more seriously." would like to see more of. -- Charles Handy (quoted at the introduction to The Dialogue of Learning and Change) CTC NEWSLETTER PAGE 4 SEPTEMBER 2008 entirely my fault. Today is my first day driv- ATTENTION, JSP GRADS! ing a cab .......... I've been driving a hearse All JSP graduates of the August 2008 for the last 25 years.' and previous classes are invited to attend follow-up meetings in Room E-2120 to dis- The purpose of learning is cuss progress on your job search, growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue share experiences and advice, enjoy each other‟s company, and meet your new growing as we continue to live. editor. The dates are: ~Mortimer Adler Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 am Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 am BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS "In a time of drastic change it is the ROADTRIP NATION: A GUIDE TO DIS- learners who inherit the future. COVERING YOUR PATH IN LIFE The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in By Mike Marriner and Nathan Gebhard, with Joanne Gordon (Ballantine Books, a world that no longer exists." 2006) -- Eric Hoffer FINDING THE OPEN ROAD: A GUIDE TO SELF-CONSTRUCTION RATHER CAREER CHANGE JOKE THAN MASS PRODUCTION By Mike Marriner, Brian McAllister and Na- A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask than Gebhard (Roadtrip Productions, Ltd., the driver a question and tapped him on 2005) the shoulder. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, and then the still shaking driver said, 'I'm sorry, but you scared the day- CTC lights out of me.' NEWSLETTER The frightened passenger apologized to FSI/TC/CTC the driver and said he didn't realize a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten him so U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. 20522-4201 much. Also available on the internet at The driver replied, 'No, no, I'm sorry, it'shttp://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c6958.htm CTC NEWSLETTER PAGE 5 SEPTEMBER 2008
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