Run YOUR Race!

The starter gun sounds and the marathon runners jolt in mass. Like a surge of water from a dam, they’re off!

But that crowd of runners does not beat to one drum.  They don’t run in uniform step. They don’t breathe at the same pace, feel the same pains, slow down or speed up in unison. Over the course of those 26.2 miles each pair of sneakers tells a different, deeply personal story.

When marathon runners begin training, the wisest know that planning and preparing for the big day takes time. It takes a specific plan laid out weeks, even months in advance. The best plans share two key factors: 1. They are goal driven. 2. They are personal. 

The best training schedules look at the individual’s current physical capabilities and planned outcomes. They consider weather conditions during training. They plan for the heat and the rain. They work within the runner’s work schedule and personal commitments. They plan for and expect “bad days.” They build in sources of motivation and encouragement. They set markers for small goals leading up to the main event.

And here’s the thing: That plan is different for EVERY. SINGLE. RUNNER. The training plan shifts and changes for each and every individual. Here’s why. Everyone starts at a different level. Everyone has a different schedule, different struggles, different needs, different sources of motivation and anxiety. Injuries happen. Plans change. Adjustments are made. But the drive remains the same. To run on race day. To show up and run.

The best trainers in the business give their runners one directive: Run YOUR race. Don’t run your friend’s, your hero’s, or your rival’s race. Run YOUR race! Set YOUR goal. Plan around YOUR schedule, YOUR obstacles, YOUR dreams. This is the stuff of success and this is the stuff that powers us all through the hard spots.

I’m Jen and I’m your Student Success Coach here at Essential Education. It’s my job to equip you with the training plan you need for your “big day,” taking your High School Equivalency exam…and beginning your next steps in life.

Your goals are much like that of the marathon runner. In fact, the HSE exam has been called a Thinking Marathon. As your coaches, your Student Success Team is here to help not only with a personalized learning plan through our various preparation academies, but with tips, resources, and stories that seek to meet and encourage you in each step of your personal training.

That’s what this new eBoard format is all about. A place to build community with your fellow “runners” and gain support from your “trainers.” So join us! We are here for YOU…YOUR goals…YOUR journey. Now get after it! Run YOUR race!

Comment below and share what motivates you to run YOUR race to life change. We want to hear from you.

Master These Social Skills to Get the Job

Did you think technical skills (or hard skills) were all you need to get the job you want? Think again! For sure, you need specific technical skills for some jobs, or you’ll have to get them through on-the-job training. Social skills (or soft skills), however, are a different matter. Social skills show who you are and how well you get along with others.

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Dress for the Interview

Did you know that what you wear to your interview could help make or break your presentation? Well, it’s true. It once was so easy to select an interview outfit—the rule of thumb was, wear your Sunday clothes. Today, however, even Sunday clothes aren’t what they used to be. In fact, some might even say they’re down-right questionable! So if the Sunday clothes standard is no more, now what? Fret not and follow these updated rules:

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How to Job Hunt in the 21st Century

Job hunting used to be so simple: pay a visit to a company you heard was hiring, fill out an application on site, turn it into a manager who was waiting nearby for you to finish, hand that manager your resume and application and talk with him/her about your qualifications, and then agree to wait a few days for a decision to schedule a formal interview or to decline your application. That was it—simple.

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How to Study to Reduce Test Anxiety

Few people enjoy taking tests, and the very idea actually terrifies some. Unfortunately, test taking is a part of life with which everyone has to deal. No matter how you feel about test taking, just remember that preparation is the key.  When you study well, you set yourself up for a better test-taking experience and better results. Follow these recommendations to study more thoroughly for your next test.

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Test Taking Tactics to Help You Pass

In our How to Study Well Tip you learned how to study better. Now, let’s look at how to test better. The two go hand in hand toward helping you get those better results on tests. Remember, though, that even if you give studying and test-taking your best effort, you may not get the results you want all the time. What you will get every time, though, is practice—that is the more you exercise good study habits and test-taking tactics, the more skilled you will become at both. Now, enough pep talk; let’s get ready to take that test!

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