In my mid-20’s I have a vivid memory of the jar of coins my husband and I kept on the mantel. It was our weekly collection of loose change that we’d pour out on our tiny second-hand coffee table on Friday afternoon to see if we had enough extra cash for Friday night pizza. We were young, in love, and broke as a joke! Looking back, we could say, “Oh we were just starting out.” But the truth is, we were clueless about managing our money!

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“Computer Skills Required.”

If your mental image of a computer is outdated, most likely your skills are too! Don’t fret. All you need is a tune up…and here’s why: Computer skills are not only in demand, they are required for most good paying, rewarding jobs.

In Essential Education‘s recent article, Why Computer Skills are Key for Jobs, the author notes, “according to a study by Burning Glass Technologies, almost 8 out of 10 middle-skill jobs require computer skills like using spreadsheets and word processors. Without computer skills, your job choices are much more limited.”

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Ask me a Question

Did you ever play “school,” as a kid? Someone, usually the bossy older sibling, was the teacher and the other unfortunate souls were the unsuspecting students. You made a mock classroom, assigned seats, and the pretend teaching began. What about playing “house”? Every kid took on assigned roles from parent to family dog and imagined life as a family. Many of us enjoyed these pretend scenarios and spent many an afternoon in a world of imagination. One game I bet you never played? Job interview!

No one likes to think about interviewing for a job. The pressure, the stakes, the competition…the questions!! But one thing’s for sure. Just like those pretend games of school and house helped you to prep for the education and family responsibilities of the future. Prepping for a job interview can take the fear out of even this most dreaded exercise.

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Doors to the Future

We all have dreams, aspirations, and the basic desire for life-purpose. Furthering your education opens up a world of opportunities. Even if the door to your dream seems closed for now, that won’t always be the case. Once you’ve armed yourself with the skills and credentials needed to move forward, then what?

At Essential Education, your success is our goal. That means equipping you with a plan for next steps. The Dream Catcher course is offered with all of our subscriptions for this very reason.

If you have yet to check out this valuable resource, take a break from study or job prep to explore this engaging and thought-provoking content.

What’s your purpose? What mark will you make? What doors to the future are yours to open?

Do you play well with others?

It’s been said that everything we really need to know, we learned in Kindergarten. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I take great pride in that! But is it true? Maybe. Our early learning sets the stage for invaluable skills. One of the biggest is learning to work well with others.

Teamwork often ranks in the top five of “soft skills” employers want in employees. Soft skills are the things that (hopefully) we develop and grow as we mature. But some are easier to develop, or come more naturally, than others. Often-times we need to do a self-evaluation to see just how well we match up.

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Let Go of Ego.

No one likes to make mistakes. No one enjoys admitting when they’re wrong. When we need improvement or should have/could have done something differently, it’s hard to own up to shortcomings.

It’s human nature…and if we are honest, it all comes down to ego. It’s difficult to let go of personal pride to benefit the greater good. But in order to be an effective problem solver in work and in life, this type of selflessness is a necessity.

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One of the many reasons I joined the Student Success Team at Essential Education was the ease and flexibility of the exam prep and job-ready courses offered. Having been in education for over 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of products rise and fall…all promising amazing results in half the time.

While everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, I’ve watched thousands of students find just what they needed to fill in the gaps and move forward in life. It’s both rewarding and inspiring!

But don’t take my word for it. Ask our students! Check out some of the latest reviews. You might see a glimpse of yourself, your experience, and in some cases, your achievements ahead.


Student Success Manager

Essential Education