Of all the subjects we will be addressing this quarter in this computer information systems class, I think the two I will find most beneficial will be networking and software use. Networking and software use are subjects that I will need to make myself aware of for my future career of becoming a registered nurse. Networking is extremely important in all careers, as it helps you meet new people and possibly gain access to new opportunities. Effectively networking without “crossing the line,” so to speak, is vital to the health of your career. For example, networking in a way that is work appropriate, using business etiquette can really benefit you as you are displaying how you would conduct yourself in a work-style setting, and how the company, or people, could potentially benefit from hiring you. Currently, my networking skills are not so great. I have Facebook, but not all the things I post on there are solely for business purposes or are even work appropriate. I wish I knew how to network in an effective way so I could meet new people within my company, PeaceHealth – Peace Harbor Medical Center, and possibly gain access to more opportunities that could benefit my future nursing career. Another important aspect of networking is how to adequately protect your personal information from getting “leaked” into the world. Everyday, we hear of people’s profiles being hacked or identities being stolen, an essential part of using social media is not only using it for fun, or business purposes, but also knowing how to protect some of our very private information from the rest of the world. Software use and learning how to use all the Microsoft based programs will be a good refresher for me, since I am returning to college after a long, nine-month break. Essentially relearning these programs will allow me to create and execute many projects successfully and I am looking forward to learning how to format and learn the ins and outs of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and many more. I previously learned the Microsoft software at my old position at the University Library at California State University, Los Angeles. I worked as both, a student assistant and student research consultant, and was required to know how to troubleshoot issues with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as, take online certification courses that tested our knowledge every few months. However, once I moved to Oregon, I took a long leave from the library setting and college and suddenly became “rusty” in things I previously considered myself an “expert” on.
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