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Patrick M. Chidsey
GEN ST 350
Seattle Campus

Independent Fieldwork

Independent fieldwork in community agencies, apprenticeships, internships, as approved for College of Arts and Sciences credit. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Navigating Career Options (General Studies 350D)

Curious how to link college to careers? Do you need to choose a major? Not sure what academic and career options are out there? Interested in finding ‘what is right for you’? Looking for support in figuring things out? Look no further.

This career and academic exploration course is offered primarily for 1st and 2nd year students and/or for new transfer students. This class is targeted to students who have earned roughly 0-105 credits. For students exceeding 105 credits, yet interested in career support and information, they are encouraged to access Career Center offerings (Career Success Certificate, workshops, events, counseling appointments [careers.uw.edu].

Course Topics:

* Strengths & Self Exploration * Career & Academic Options/Exploration * Experiential Learning; Internships * Job and Internship Searching * Social Media * Professional Networking * Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing * Career Fairs * Informational Interviewing

Also, the above statement under INDEPENDENT FIELDWORK and listed in quotes below, is NOT CORRECT in describing this course. "Independent fieldwork in community agencies, apprenticeships, internships, as approved for College of Arts and Sciences credit. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required." This statement is not correct and does not describe this course.

Student learning goals

* Gain deeper understanding and appreciation for one’s strengths, skills, values, passions, personality, and interests

* Learn how to use this self-knowledge to make informed decisions when exploring and pursuing academic and career options

* Build skills to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in today’s job market

* Expand professional networking skills, including online, social media, and traditional networking strategies

* Learn how to develop effective resumes and cover letters

* Build interviewing skills and confidence

General method of instruction

General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course and includes a lecture and quiz sections. Students register for the lecture and one quiz section. We are team-teaching this class. Guest speakers from throughout our campus and city will interact with students in both the lecture and sections. We will incorporate a variety of events and career programming into this course – a sneak peak is available via the Career Center online calendar: http://careers.washington.edu/Calendar. Students will participate in activities throughout the course that addresses different learning styles. There is no text book for this course. Course materials will be provided.

Recommended preparation

This career and academic exploration course is offered primarily for 1st and 2nd year students and/or for new transfer students. This class is targeted to students who have earned roughly 0-105 credits. No pre-requisites needed for this course. For students exceeding 105 credits, yet interested in career support and information, they are encouraged to access Career Center offerings (Career Success Certificate, workshops, events, counseling appointments [careers.uw.edu] . Questions about this course – please contact Patrick Chidsey [The Career Center]: 206.616.5803; chidsey [at] uw.edu

Class assignments and grading

Assignments for this course involve written reflection pieces, informational interview write up, career and academic research assignments, career event write-up, resume and cover letter development.

General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course, graded CR/NC. Credit will be awarded based on class attendance, participation, completion of assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patrick M. Chidsey
Date: 11/04/2013