CAREER Strategies (CA 253)

For questions about CA 253, contact Director of Professional Discernment Valerie Robideaux at email.

Course Description

This course is designed to increase awareness of the career development process, explore career choices, and expand understanding of the relationship between education and the world of work. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking as it relates to professional discernment and the 21st century career landscape, and professional development as it relates to job searches, resume building, issues related to hiring and the workplace, and the graduate school admissions process. This course satisfies the CAREER component of Trek.

Course Objectives

  • By the end of the course, students will connect themes of their life story with strengths and interests
  • Students will articulate a commitment to a set of self-chosen values.
  • Students will exhibit an understanding of how lead self with a larger sense of purpose
  • Students will demonstrate growth in humility from an authentic understanding of their mistakes and failures

Course Requirements

  • Active Reading and Class Preparation (includes peer response workshops, news article, and presentations)
  • Film Analysis Paper
  • Leader Interview
  • Resume and Cover letter
  • Final Portfolio & Presentation (includes revised resume & cover letter, and career coaching session)

Required Texts

Buckingham, M. & Clifton, D. (2001). Now, discover your strengths. New York: The Free Press.

Irvin, Alexis & Chip Hiden. (2013). Build Your Dreams: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love. Philadelphia: Running Press.

Pollak, L. (2012). Getting from college to career: Your essential guide to succeeding in the real world. New York: HarperCollins.