IT Training Opportunities

Stay Sharp with Summer Learning Experiences

With the spring term coming to a close to wrap up one extraordinary year, it’s time to once again prepare for the summer months. Whether you are continuing your studies or taking part in well-deserved rest and relaxation, it’s always a good idea to keep your brain active! We have several ways for you to stay sharp with on-demand training courses via LinkedIn Learning. Also, the Hegi Career Center has its own self-paced career development training available over the summer months! Keep reading for more details.

Select Summer LinkedIn Learning Courses

Writing a Marketing Plan

No successful journey starts without a roadmap, and no successful marketing endeavor starts without a plan. This course helps anyone—from marketing professionals to small business owners—write effective marketing plans. Learn how to assemble a cross-functional team, analyze an existing market, and break down the plan’s components into focused sections, covering strategy and tactical implementation. Instructor Drew Boyd also offers advice on how best to present and leverage the plan throughout an organization.

How to Make Strategic Thinking a Habit

Working hard is important—but what’s really critical is making sure you’re working on the right things. That’s what strategic thinking enables you to do. In this course, Dorie Clark shares frameworks and strategies to help you make strategic thinking a daily habit, so that you can make the best use of your time, energy, and effort at work. Discover how to set yourself up for success by carving out time for strategic thinking and adjusting your routine to spark more strategic thoughts. Get tactics for thinking strategically about the tasks and decisions that lie ahead of you, as well as how to revisit past decisions to glean valuable insights. Learn how to change the way you approach your to-do list and examine the root cause of problems to devise better solutions. Plus, Dorie explains how to consistently ask yourself the right questions, so that you don’t get off track.

Learning Soldering for Electronics

In an electronic product such as a cell phone, toy, or automobile, electronic components are attached using solder, a metal compound that melts at a low-enough temperature to be able to be worked by hand or machine. Whether you are prototyping a new product, manufacturing a product at scale, or working on a project in your spare time, you will need to learn how to solder in order to create the electrical and mechanical connections that make it all work. In this course, learn about the tools and techniques needed to make great solder connections. Plus, get troubleshooting tips, including how to fix a cold solder joint and repair a mistake in a PCB.

Hegi Family Career Center Foundations for Career Development Course

Foundation of Career Development flyerThe Hegi Career Center will offer its Foundations of Career Development Online Course this summer beginning Tuesday, June 1. The Foundations of Career Development is an entirely online course that provides job search training and covers the basics of career development. Topics covered in the course include job search techniques, resume building, improving your interviewing skills, networking, researching your desired career or industry, and more. Students can complete the course at their own pace and gain experience with career development via LinkedIn Learning. Upon completion, students receive a professional development credential to include on their resume and post to their LinkedIn profile.

Registration for the Foundations course opens on Monday, May 3, and runs through Friday, June 11. The first day of course availability is Tuesday, June 1. The Foundations of Career Development Online Course concludes on Friday, August 13.

To register visit: Contact Vanessa Salazar at with questions regarding registration.

OIT On-Demand Training

OIT Training On-DemandAs always, we have recorded versions of many of our IT training sessions available on our website. From Sitecore to Appspace to video editing, we have classes to get you started off on the right foot!

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.