Susan J. Templeton
GEN ST 350
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.
Navigating Career Options, GEN ST 350, Section D
Section D of General Studies 350 assists students with self-exploration and provides a model to integrate academic and experiential skills into the process of career planning.
Elements include: exploring academic and other "good experiences" to identify Dependable Strengths; individual self-assessment; group interaction/ discussion; and experiential learning. Emphasis is placed on early planning and acquiring decision-making skills, so that students can make informaed choices related to courses of study, internships, volunteer activities and community service while acquiring marketable skills. This course gives students the tools to conduct an effective career search in the context of the changing nature of work.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Professional staff members from the Center for Career Services and the Student Counseling Center teach Navigating Career Options in a collaborative effort. Coursework consists of lectures, individual take-home assignments, in-class exercises, small group activities, attendance at outside workshops and special events, meeting individually with a career counselor, development of a resume and a career portfolio, an information interview with a professional in a field of interest, and an in-class 10-minute presentation.
No prior preparation expected. Students who take this class range from freshmen to graduate students. Success in this course is directly related to involvement in class activities and assignments.
Class assignments and grading
1. Assigned exercises. These are integrated into class discussions. 2. Information meeting or site visit. A written summary of this experience is one of the required assignments. 3. Electronic Career Portfolio. An electronic portfolio tool will be used to create a career portfolio that may include a personal description paragraph, samples of your accomplishments, a resume, and any other materials that demonstrate your experiences, effectiveness and potential. 4. Appointment with a career counselor. Time will be scheduled to meet with a career counselor to discuss your short-term and long-term goals, begin an action plan, and provide guidance for completing the final project. 5. Final project. Completion of this requirement involves a 10-minute presentation in class during the final two days of instruction.
Credit/ no credit will be awarded based upon class attendance, participation and the completion of assignments.