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PSYC 140
Career and Life Planning

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

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Lecture Hours:30

A systematic approach to planning students' individual career paths. Students learn to recognize their skills, interests, and values related to work and education. Career fields and occupations are identified that relate appropriately to those personal characteristics and students learn to research the demands, rewards and employment practices unique to each. Resumes and portfolios are produced as part of preparing to conduct an effective job search. Recommended: ENGL 077. Formerly PSY 140.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify functional transferable skills.
  • Relate functional transferable skills to specific jobs.
  • Design a resume utilizing functional transferable skills.
  • Understand personal styles and how they affect workplace relationships.
  • Develop interviewing skills, customer service skills, and time management skills.
  • Investigate job markets, to identify local and global economic and employment patterns.
  • Identify and analyze transferable skills and use them to:
    - recognize alternative job opportunities
    - communicate qualifications in interviews, job applications, resumes and letters of application
  • Identify areas of specialized knowledge currently possessed or anticipated (through completion of training or education) and other personal potentials and use them to:
    - identify alternative job opportunities
    - communicate qualifications in interviews, job applications, resumes and letters of application
  • Examine and prioritize individual and family needs that impact choice of career and employer such as:
    - geographical location
    - working conditions
    - organizational climate (interpersonal environment)
    - work-related values (purpose)
    - financial needs and goals (salary and benefits)
  • Examining one's interests and personality style and using them to identify optimal specific jobs within one's chosen industry or career field and to identify niche markets.
  • Research a specific job title using standard career information resources, including computer-based resources when available.
  • Begin to develop an individual career information network.
  • Develop a long-range career plan, which includes several alternatives for future adaptation to changing technologies, markets, and individual abilities and goals.
  • Examine job-hunting techniques such as networking and informational interviews along with the traditional methods and identify the situations most appropriate to each.
  • Develop an awareness of on-line job search techniques and recognize those fields for which this is most appropriate.
  • Recognize at least 3 different resume formats and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each for different job-hunting scenarios.
  • Effectively use one format to develop a resume.
  • Investigate the job interview, realize appropriate attitudes and outlooks, and formulate effective responses to various likely questions.
  • Examine the principles, practices and potential for negotiating salaries.
  • Analyze a typical job application and formulate appropriate responses to various common question.
  • Examine the options of self-employment, contingent and temporary employment, and niche marketing in a down-sizing economy and recognize strategies for succeeding in this environment.

  • Course Topics
  • Local and global job markets
  • Transferable skills
  • Specialized knowledge
  • Individual and family needs that impact job choice such as: geographical, working conditions, organizational climate, work-related values, salary and benefits.
  • Interests and personality styles as they apply to specific jobs within a chosen industry or career field. Identifying niche market opportunities.
  • Use of standard career information resources, including computer-based resources when available.
  • Developing the career information network; use of the informational interview.
  • Long-range career planning; the necessity of including alternatives to allow future adaptations in an uncertain, changing world
  • Job-hunting techniques
  • Resumes
  • Job interviews
  • Negotiating salaries
  • Job applications
  • Self-employment, contingent and temporary employment, and niche marketing strategies for success in a down-sizing economy.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    PSYC 140
    Fall 2014
    Daryl Miller
    PSYC 140
    Winter 2014
    Daryl Miller
    PSYC 140
    Fall 2013
    Daryl Miller

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.