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Career Explorations
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Learners enrolled in the Career Explorations course will investigate careers that match their strengths, interests, abilities, and values. Students will learn how to prepare for specific jobs and discover what additional training or preparation is needed for a future career path. They will acquire job-seeking skills such as resume-writing, interviewing, time management, and portfolio development. Learners in this course will develop effective communication skills and will generate an action plan for successful school to work transition. This course is designed to give students the tools they need to develop better workplace skills, handle career issues, money management, and balancing work and personal life.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the differences between secondary and post-secondary education.
  • Define motivation and identify personal motivation techniques.
  • Explore the factors behind choosing a major for post-secondary education.
  • Analyze the importance of time management.
  • Apply time management strategies by creating a schedule.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Demonstrate techniques for improved test-taking.
  • Practice effective listening and speaking skills.
  • Determine methods for success in higher education and the workplace.
  • Identify resources for learning about career options.
  • Formulate a career plan.
  • Explain the advantages of internships and service-learning.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Recognize careers in industries that meet basic human needs for food, shelter, and clothing, such as agriculture, natural resources, and manufacturing.
  • Identify careers in industries that connect products with customers, such as transportation, distribution, and logistics.
  • Discuss careers in architecture and construction.
  • Identify careers in the health field.
  • Recognize careers that involve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Discuss careers in the media and occupations related to computers.
  • Recognize careers that involve the management of money and finances.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Discuss ways in which employers recruit new employees and the expectations of job applicants.
  • Describe the parts of a personal goal statement, and identify how a personal goal statement can help you to achieve your goals.
  • Determine the steps for writing a cover letter.
  • Identify the skills needed for a successful job interview.
  • Examine workplace dynamics.
  • Compose and revise a career portfolio.

Course Materials

  • From Master Student to Master Employee (textbook)

*Available as an iText course