VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS, 08/15/2013) – Sailors in their first enlistment have better information on which to base career decisions with the release of the First Term Success Workshop (FTSW), said Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) officials Aug. 15.
The revised version of the workshop is now available for use by commands across the fleet, according to Master Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Michael Sekeet, Command Career Counselor Course manager at CPPD.
While this is a revision to a previous version of FTSW, Sekeet said the course is much more than an update to content. “This is the first truly developed FTSW in that it has the target audience in mind and is more than just a presentation,” he said.
The improved workshop is designed to provide basic critical and timely information on the Career Development Program, computer- and web-based resources, upward mobility and advancement, and also retention and transition information, according to Sekeet. “This information will enable Sailors to make sound career decisions in reaching their full potential during their first tour,” he said.
FTSW is a command-delivered training product administered by the command career counselor with the help of the command’s Career Development Team. The content consists of a lesson plan, a presentation and a trainee guide. It is available for download on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) for career counselors to use in coordination with their commands in delivering the workshop locally to Sailors.
The release of the updated workshop content is part of the continual revision process to better meet the fleet’s training needs. “We encourage people to use the feedback link for Navy Counselor/Command Career Counselor (NC/CCC) training on NKO to provide CPPD with feedback on current training products or suggestions for future ones,” Sekeet said.
To fulfill the fleet-wide requirement for this training, commands must document FTSW completions in Fleet Training Management and Planning System (FLTMPS), he said.
Capt. John Newcomer, CPPD’s commanding officer, said delivering the new version of FTSW reflects CPPD’s commitment to providing Sailors with the tools they need to make informed decisions. “CPPD teaches Sailors to assess risk and apply critical thinking skills to make sound personal and professional decisions. First Term Success Workshop is a perfect example of providing Sailors with the best information available to develop their skills in risk assessment and critical thinking as they relate to service in the Navy and beyond.”
For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/ or www.navy.mil/local/voledpao/.
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