Interested in developing a new career or in sharpening your existing job skills? It's easy to find help.
Continuing education programs abound at Southern California's colleges, universities and smaller learning centers. The times are convenient, with classes offered throughout the year, in the evening and on weekends.
The amount of commitment required varies: Some programs are short, one-day workshops while others last several weeks, and fees range from nothing to hundreds of dollars.
Offerings include career planning programs, classes on how to start and maintain various kinds of enterprises (for example, direct mail, consulting, catering, travel and home-based businesses), instruction on using equipment such as computers and courses designed to help people keep abreast of developments in their fields.
Many schools also provide customized programs for businesses and bring the instruction to the actual workplace.
Here are some of the available programs scheduled for this spring and summer in Southern California:
The Job Search Workshop: Strength Interviewing. Part of the Career Transition Program featuring video feedback on students' interviewing style. May 19 and 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $95. (213) 825-2219.
Leadership and Human Relations Laboratory and Managing Change and Organizational Development. To be held at the Sheraton Ventura Hotel, Ventura. June 7-13. Fee: $895. (213) 825-4801.
Introduction to Interpretation and Translation (Spanish/English and English/Spanish). Monday and Tuesdays, June 22-July 20, 7-10 p.m. Fee: $115. Introductory course for training as court and adjudicatory interpreters and translators. (213) 825-1898.
Computer System Architecture and Organization. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 23-July 30, 7-10 p.m. Fee: $280. Required course in the Extension Certificate Program in Computer Science. (213) 825-3985.
Professional Cooking Techniques I. Conducted at Wood-Mode & Millbrook Kitchens, 1328 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. Saturdays, June 27-Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. First in a three-quarter sequence of courses in catering. Fee: $350. (213) 206-8120.
Careers in Computer Graphics. July 19, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Seminar offers information on computer graphics job market, entry-level skills and necessary training. Fee: $60. (213) 206-8503.
Eighth Annual Institute on Alcohol and Drug Problems. July 22-25. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 9 a.m.-noon July 25. Workshops for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. Fee: $180 for entire program, $60 for single day, $40 for Saturday only. (213) 825-5189.
Attorney Assistant Training Program. July 29-Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Provides training in the paralegal field. Fee: $2,500. (213) 825-0741.
Business and Financial Law Practice for England Today. Sept. 6-19. Cambridge University and London residential program designed for attorneys, investment bankers, security analysts and brokers. Fee: $2,950 (excluding air fare). (213) 825-0741.
The Professional Artist: Strategies for the '80s. Seminar for visual artists who want to exhibit their work. May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Taft High School, Woodland Hills. Fee: $95; students, $75.
Making the Career Change Into the Entertainment Industry: Mastering Personal Obstacles, Competition and Protocol. Seminar to overcome hurdles to entering show business. Fee: $95. May 23, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Japanese/American Communication in the Workplace. Intercultural communication for Japanese and American business executives, focusing on attitudes, procedures and areas likely to give rise to conflict. June 6 and 13, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Fee: $125.
UCLA Extension offers certificate programs in more than 60 fields. For business and management training courses brought to the job location, call (213) 206-1548. For custom-designed programs to meet an organization's needs, call (213) 825-4801.
For engineering and science in-house courses, call (213) 825-5010. For short courses in engineering and technical professions, call (213) 825-1047.
UCLA's Career Counseling Center has professional psychologists who provide job-counseling services for a fee of $585. For information, call (213) 825-2934.
The Career Transition Program assists adults in career development. Courses are offered in resume writing and other areas. Fees vary. Call (213) 825-2219.
UCLA Extension has a free advisory service to help determine post-secondary educational needs to meet career goals. Call (213) 206-6201.
UCLA Extension, 10995 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles 90024; or call (213) 825-8895 for catalogue.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Summer School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. For program managers, nurses, medical students and recovery services personnel. July 12-17. Call (619) 534-3836 or 534-3400 or write to the Summer School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, UCSD Extension X-001, La Jolla 92093.
Legal Assistant Program. For secretaries and other legal paraprofessionals. (619) 534-2320.