STUS110 Career Decision Making

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I. Course Number and Title
STUS110 Career Decision Making
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Occupational and educational research is presented to acquaint the student with the requirements for and avenues toward entering or changing careers. A study of the decision-making process, goal-setting, fundamental job-finding skills, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. Students will participate in an in-depth look at personal and job characteristics.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    This course will prepare students to make effective decisions regarding their futures. At the completion of the course, the students should:

    1. have a greater understanding of the current nature of work, including understanding employment projections, issues related to work, and the organization of employment in general and within specific industries;
    2. have a greater understanding of the place work plays in their lives and the other roles that define them;
    3. be able to identify their interests, abilities, values, personality, and desired lifestyle and determine how these factors impact career decisions;
    4. demonstrate improved decision-making skills and be able to utilize various methods for decision making;
    5. have a plan in place that includes the identification of long- and short-term goals and the specific tasks required to meet each; and
    6. be able to implement a successful job search plan, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and identification of available jobs.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Making Career Decisions in a Changing World
      1. Understand the changing nature of work, including the history of work, current perceptions of work, anticipated changes in work, and identification of future trends
      2. Identify personal views of work and successes/failures as related to work
      3. Understand the impact of family on views of work
    2. Virtual Career Planning
      1. Understand the use of the internet for career planning, occupational information, and job search strategies
    3. Skills
      1. Identify current and potential skills through use of informal assessment exercises
      2. Explore the link between work and skills
    4. Thinking and Learning Styles
      1. Identify thinking and learning styles and explore the link between these and career, these and learning, and these and interpersonal communication
      2. Use assessment tools to identify thinking style
    5. Personality and Interests
      1. Understand the development of interests and how these are related to the career search process
      2. Become familiar with the organization of work developed by John Holland -- Use this to gain an understanding of interests
      3. Use formal and informal assessment tools to identify career interests
    6. Connecting Personality and Interests to Work
      1. Link interests to the world of work using the Holland model
    7. Self-Motivation
      1. Use the needs theory developed by Abraham Maslow to understand the difference between needs and career/life satisfaction
      2. Explore the difference between needs and values
      3. Use informal assessment exercises to identify desired values and their link to careers
    8. Decision-Making
      1. Use Department of Labor information to gain an in-depth look at careers
      2. Identify careers for research
      3. Set-up meetings with professionals in specific career fields for informational interviewing
      4. Compare and contrast career information on specific careers
      5. Explore the concept of tentative decision-making as related to careers
    9. Goal-Setting
      1. Understand the difference between long-term and short-term goals
      2. Develop a plan for goal implementation using good goal setting strategies
      3. Envision self in future to help think about the planning process
    10. Self-Empowerment
      1. Identify potential internal and external barriers in the career process
      2. Develop strategies to overcome or avoid anticipated or current barriers
    11. Job Search Strategies
      1. Learn about resume writing, interviewing skills, hidden job market, and job lead identification in order to develop a plan for a successful job search
      2. Write a resume that can be used currently
      3. Practice interviewing skills
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    May include, but not limited to, texts, periodicals, electronic resources, area professionals, movies, books, formal and informal assessment tools, and other exercises selected by the instructor.

Review/Approval Date - 8/02; New Core 8/2015