Of all the subjects we will be addressing this quarter in this CIS 120 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 to the company, or people, you are networking with how they could potentially benefit from hiring you and how you would conduct yourself in a work setting. Currently, my networking skills are not so great. I have a Facebook, but not all the things I post on there are solely for business or work appropriate. I wish I knew how to network in an effective way so I could meet more people within my company 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 knowing how to keep some things private from the world. Software use and learning how to use all of the Microsoft programs will be a good refresher for me since I am returning to college after a long nine months away, and will allow me to create many projects and format them in a way that could make or break my grade. I previously learned the Microsoft software at my old position at California State University, Los Angeles as both, a student assistant, and a student research consultant. As a student assistant, we had to be capable of helping people fix issues with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint if they faced any. We were also required to periodically take courses to “test our knowledge” about these programs. However, once I moved to Oregon, I took a long leave from the library setting and college and became “rusty” on the use of this software and all the tips and tricks included with them. Use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are essential to college success; therefore, I am very much looking forward to somewhat relearning them and utilizing my knowledge in future courses.
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