Tips For Working From Home | Regional news
Montana State University Extension will soon be offering a program to help residents of rural Montana develop the skills to work from home as an employee, freelance writer, or remote entrepreneur.
“This educational program will help people living in rural communities gain the skills to access well-paying jobs and larger markets for their business while staying in their rural communities,” said Cody Stone, executive director of MSU Extension. “This program has the potential to enhance the economic well-being of individuals, families and communities, which is at the heart of MSU Extension’s mission.”
The one-month course, known as the Master Remote Work Professional Certification program, consists of nine core modules, which are delivered in an online format at your own pace, as well as four discussion-based virtual workshops. The course was developed by Utah State University Extension and is offered in Montana through a partnership with MSU Extension.
The MSU Extension faculty will serve as a coach for the Montana participants. At the end of the course, graduates will receive assistance in finding a job remotely through specialists at Job Service Montana. Graduates interested in starting or expanding a business remotely will have access to the Accelerate Montana Rural Innovation Initiative at the University of Montana to help them grow their businesses.
In addition to learning how to use Zoom, Slack and other useful web applications for remote working, participants will learn essential skills for working with a remote team, such as written communication, problem solving, management. time, collaboration, goal setting, organization, accountability and how to conduct a successful job search.
“Remote work can have significant benefits for our rural communities,” said Tara Mastel, coordinator of the remote work program and head of the MSU Extension community development program. “Remote working can inject more money into the local economy, allow people to find jobs that match their skills and experience, and allow them to continue to enjoy rural life.”
“This remote work program will help Montana residents who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or have dropped out of the workforce to secure freelance jobs, remote jobs, or e-commerce opportunities,” Mastel said. .
Participants who complete the program will join a growing online community of remote work professionals who support each other by sharing best practices and employment opportunities.
The course costs $ 249 and registration is open now. A special rate of $ 199 is offered for the May class. New sessions start at the beginning of each month except July and December. For more information, course dates and registration information, visit msuextension.org/communitydevelopment/remote-work-certificate.html.
For more information on the Master Remote Work Professional certification program, contact Mastel at [email protected]
For more information on the Accelerate Montana Rural Innovation Initiative, contact [email protected]