Career Development

  • Credit hours: 3.0
  • Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The development of personal career and educational plans. A variety of activities will be used to help students recognize and craft career and life goals, and to identify and develop the skills and supports necessary for success.

Prerequisite: Career Development 2000 is limited to students with fewer than 60.0 credit hours completed and post-diploma students with fewer than 30.0 credit hours completed.

Grading: Pass/Fail.

Note: Offered by the Faculty of Education. This course does not count as an Education elective in Education programs. For Arts & Science programs, this course counts toward the limit outside Arts and Science. All students are advised to check their program limits (See Part 4, Section 3.c, Exceeding Course Limits, p. 64) and to consult the appropriate Academic Advising Office.

Course Objectives

Students will:
  • Describe core concepts of life-career development;
  • Describe key features of the world of work;
  • Develop personal goals based on self-understanding;
  • Identify educational, occupational and other life role opportunities, consistent with personal aspirations and goals;
  • Identify potential personal barriers to success, and strategies to overcome them;
  • Create a personal life-career plan using the 5 processes of career planning;
  • Demonstrate the integration of career planning through the creation of a personal career portfolio.

Expanded Description

In this course, students will be provided with an opportunity to explore, integrate and develop personal, educational and career goals. Through a combination of assigned readings, classroom activities and discussion, and personal reflection, students will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for effective career planning, including:
  • understanding self;
  • understanding and exploring the world of work and academia;
  • integrating self and life-roles such as school, work and relationships;
  • overcoming barriers to success;
  • action planning; and
  • developing feedback and support systems

Course Topics:

  • Terms, definitions and understanding: Careers, career planning and career management
  • Foundations of career planning: The 4 Components of Effective Careers
  • The changing dynamic of work in the 21st century
  • The role of perspective
  • The positive change cycle
  • A process guide to personal career planning: the 5 P's
  • Taking stock: Personal meaning, self-understanding, and self-in-context
  • Exploring opportunities for work, learning and life-balance
  • Emerging decisions
  • Action planning
  • Developing career literacy skills
  • Developing and/or accessing support: Exploring career and student service resources (on campus and in the community)
  • Creating portfolios