Career and Life Planning

Course Description

This course provides students with the most in depth tools needed to make informed career decisions. Students will assess career confidence and readiness, skills, values, interests, personality, obstacles, attitudes and approaches to decision making. This course provides instruction on how to research career information, gain access to information materials, and methods of exploring careers. Also included is educational decision making which covers choice of major and college as well as planning a program of study. Audit available. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify personal characteristics that relate to appropriate life choices pertaining to work, leisure, and education.
  2. Research current occupational information integrating acquired knowledge of personal characteristics. Use and apply career theories to explain personal characteristics. In addition, practice occupational interviewing and understand the dynamics of the global economy and technical changes in the workplace.
  3. Utilize a variety of decision-making models to plan for career and life choices.
  4. Integrate the career information, knowledge related to self awareness, a decision making model, and a career goal and educational plan i.e. college major or program of study.
  5. Use sophisticated decision making approaches to design an academic plan to achieve career goal.
  6. Assess own level of career readiness and career confidence.

Course Activities and Design

Flexible dependent on needs of student population and preferred teaching style of instructor.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students.

  1. Assess career development process in a personal reflection including career readiness and confidence in written or oral form.
  2. Report on information interviews.
  3. In-class participation demonstrating knowledge of subject matter.
  4. Demonstrate research skills using both printed and electronic career information.
  5. Develop a written plan of action to further define career and educational goals.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

The following list indicates the skills students will develop by doing assignments and participating in class:

  1. Increase self awareness as it relates to career readiness and confidence, values, interests, skills and personality.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to effectively analyze and synthesize career research to make an informed career decision.
  3. Research occupational/career and educational information using various methods (informational interviews, career resource center, internet).
  4. Problem-solve and make decisions regarding career choices.
  5. Reflect on and evaluate tentative career and education decisions and how that relates to ongoing career decision making.

Concepts", themes, Issues

The contextualized networks of meaning students must understand in order to demonstrate the performance tasks and achieve the outcomes.

  1. Career Development Theories
  2. Values Clarification
  3. Interests
  4. Skills/Abilities (transferable, adaptive, task specific)
  5. Personality traits
  6. Barriers
  7. Attitudes
  8. Career Information
  9. Diversity and social justice issues
  10. Decision-making/goal setting
  11. Career confidence and readiness