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Classroom
A traditional classroom couples on-site learning with the added value of face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers. With courses and exams scheduled worldwide, you will be sure to find a class near you.
Interaction
Highly Interactive
On-going interaction with instructor throughout the entire classroom event
Interaction with peers/professionals via face-to-face
Components (May Include)
Onsite
On-site instructor-led delivery of course modules, discussions, exercises, case studies, and application opportunities
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, tools and templates, articles and/or white papers
E-course materials available two weeks prior to the course start date; printed course materials ship directly to the event location
Duration
One + Days
Varies by course ranging from one to multiple days
Technical Needs
Specific requirements are clearly noted on the course page
Virtual Classroom
Ideal for those who appreciate live education instruction, but looking to save on travel. A virtual classroom affords you many of the same learning benefits as traditional–all from the convenience of your office.
Interaction
Highly Interactive
On-going interaction with instructor throughout the entire virtual classroom event
Interaction with peers/professionals via online environment
Components (May Include)
Live online instructor-led delivery of course modules, discussions, exercises, case studies, and application opportunities
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, tools and templates, articles and/or white papers
E-course materials available up to one week prior to the course start date. Recorded playback and supplemental materials available up to seven days after the live event.
Duration
Varies by course ranging from one to multiple sessions
Technical Needs
Adobe Flash Player
Acrobat Reader
Computer with sound capability and high-speed internet access
Phone line access
E-Learning
A self-paced, online learning experience that allows you to study any time of day. Course material is pre-recorded by an instructor and you have the flexibility to view content modules as desired.
Interaction
Independent Learning
Components (May Include)
Pre-Recorded
Pre-recorded course modules
Supplemental learning elements such as: audio/video files, online quizzes
E-course materials start on the day of purchase
Optional purchased print material ships within 7 business days
Duration
120 Days - Anytime
120-day access starts on the day of purchase
Direct access to all components
Technical Needs
Adobe Flash Player
Acrobat Reader
Computer with sound capability and high-speed internet access
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Become an Active Learner, Build Your Network


Nick Vollrath, CCP, GRP, CSCP, CEBS is a compensation and benefits leader with extensive consulting and corporate experience. He is currently the executive director of global compensation with Merck and a WorldatWork faculty member who participates on the Local Network Expert Council. Vollrath also is the past president of the New Jersey Compensation Association and remains an active board member.

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Nick Vollrath, CCP, GRP, CSCP, CEBS
Executive Director, Global Compensation, Merck 

What is the No. 1 career assist you received?
I was fortunate to work for a leader and mentor who believed in giving people an opportunity to take their careers in a different direction. After graduating college, I spent the first 15 years of my career in benefits. While at Siemens, I had the opportunity to move into compensation which broadened my skill set and opened a number of new career paths. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for the support and guidance of that leader.

What key career advice would you give to others?
Be willing to take risks and embrace change. By nature, people are risk-averse and prefer the comfort of what they know. Unfortunately, the concept of lifetime employment is long gone and the needs of organizations are constantly changing. In order to remain relevant, HR professionals need to evolve and grow. My advice would be to seek opportunities to broaden your skills and experiences. Seriously consider a lateral opportunity. While it may take a bit longer to reach the next level in the organization, longer term it could add significant value to your career.

What is something HR can’t live without?
The ability to listen and partner with the business to enable its success. At times, we all have jumped to a proposed solution without fully comprehending the issue. This can sometimes end up creating an “us” vs. “them” mentality. Years ago, I was given advice to not worry about knowing the solution to a problem. What’s more important is to ask the right questions. By probing and actively listening to the issue at hand, you can help the business come up with its own solution while at the same time showing you are committed to understanding its challenges.

What are two out-of-the-ordinary skills every rewards professional needs?
To effectively grow your career, it is critical to become an active learner and to work on building your network. When you are just starting out, taking WorldatWork’s certifica-tion classes can provide a firm foundation from which you can build your expertise. As you become more seasoned, staying current with changes in legislation and developments in the industry will ensure you remain relevant and add value to your organization. As for networking, I have found this to be one of the best ways to build your personal brand and to give back to the profession. Begin attending meetings at your local total rewards association. Not only will you learn about recent developments in the industry, but you will also increase the network of people you know. This network can assist you in your career and help you find candidates for open roles on your team. Taking the next step of actively participating on the board of your local association or by seeking volunteer opportunities with WorldatWork will increase the depth and breadth of your network even more.