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Approx. 16 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

What is Career Planning?: Career Exploration Infographic

Welcome! You are beginning a very important journey on your path to a meaningful and successful career. This course is designed to help you shape a career plan that can launch a new career, establish the beginning phases of an early career, or re-invent your existing career. This course, and your team of instructors, will ask you think deeply about your professional values. You will research hot careers and the skills necessary to succeed in them. We will ask you to reflect on your experiences, critically evaluate what you know, and determine what you still need to know. We will ask you to identify groups and individuals that can serve you in your career decisions and from whom you can learn about options within a career. Career Planning can be a deeply enriching experience. We are very pleased to join you in your journey. Module One introduces you to the course, explores the scope of career planning and discovers the different expectations people have of a career. ...
3 videos (Total 14 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Course Introduction Video4m
Beginning Your Career Plan8m
4 readings
Learning Objectives2m
The 80,000 Hour Career Quiz and Guide20m
Optional - StrengthFinders and More10m
Optional Career Exploration Self-Assessments10m
2 practice exercises
Examining a Social Impact Career - Test Your Existing Knowledge!8m
Assess what you've learned so far!20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Hot Careers and Job Trends: Where the Future Lies

In this module, you will research trends in careers and describe the potential job market, areas of demand, salary potential, and entry requirements. This module will provide you with the tools necessary to identify and describe the different career tracks in your chosen field. You will connect with a Bridge Person (an individual who is already a professional in your chosen career field) and schedule a meeting with that person to complete a career conversation. The module includes instructions on how to identify and connect with a bridge person using LinkedIn.com, alumni networks, or a professional/business association along with information about how to schedule the meeting and how to select appropriate questions. At the end of this module you will be able to consider trends for deciding on a college major or training program, and for help choosing a new career....
1 video (Total 3 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
7 readings
Learning Objectives2m
What Teachers Make3m
Stand the Test of Time20m
Importance of Networking20m
Fastest Growing Occupations20m
What Makes For A Dream Job?20m
WANTED: Top 10 Future Jobs10m
2 practice exercises
Practice What You've Learned!20m
Hot Careers and Job Trends Quiz10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Marketplace Realities: Who Am I Relative to the Job I am Seeking?

In this module, you will explore who you are relative to the job search, and your industry of choice. You will examine issues related to career choices and career planning, as well as learn which jobs have the greatest and least employment potential. Research careers and see the growth rate for each, view earnings at different levels of experience, and compare different regions. Research employment rates for people with your skills in different locations....
1 video (Total 2 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 readings
Learning Objectives2m
Frayed Prospects, Despite a Degree20m
Self Evaluation Tool20m
Got Hope?20m
Student Success Measures20m
What Does The Marketplace Tell Us About Opportunity?20m
2 practice exercises
Self-Evaluation and Market Realities Practice Quiz12m
Marketplace Realities10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

RightPathing Your Future: The Importance of Whole-Life Career Planning

In this module, you will learn how to think about career planning as both a lifelong and "whole-life" activity. You will learn about whole-life career planning by watching Rachel, a 20-year old college student, discover her unique talents and interests using the RightPathing Your Future approach. At the end of this module, you will learn the importance of assessing and understanding your hard-wired behaviors, work values, skills and passions, and then aligning them with both your personal and professional goals....
7 videos (Total 32 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
What Is RightPathing Your Future?2m
Understanding Our Behaviors: The X-Ray6m
Understanding Our Behaviors: The MRI5m
Understanding Our Skills, Work Values and Passions4m
Understanding and Articulating Our Life Purpose6m
An Expert's Advice on Achieving Career Success2m
4 readings
The Learning Objectives1m
"How I Landed the Job that I Wanted? Career Planning!"20m
"Examples of Life Purpose Statements"10m
The Power of Vulnerability, TEDx Talk by Brene Brown20m
2 practice exercises
RightPathing Your Future, Practice Quiz20m
RightPathing Your Future, Graded Quiz10m
Week
5
4 hours to complete

My First Steps: Defining Your Career Objective and Action Plan

In this module, you will learn about the importance of a Career Objective Statement and the elements that it contains. You will differentiate and describe the career field categories and the organizational category with which your interests align. You will reflect on your general and specific skills to create a skills inventory that matches the industry, organization, and/or field that you choose. You will be asked to explain potential careers associated with your interest including requirements, outlook, salary, and benefits. At the end of this module, you will be able to create a Career Objective statement for your unique professional level that does what a career objective is supposed to do while avoiding what it is not supposed to do. You will evaluate your objective statement according to your Career Exploration Infographic to ensure alignment with your strengths and talents....
2 videos (Total 7 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
2 videos
Matching What I Think I Know With What the Position Describes3m
7 readings
Learning Objectives4m
Bridge That Gap: Evaluate Your Skill Index10m
Employers Rate Candidates Soft Skills/Qualities10m
Skills Inventory - The Emotional Intelligence Skills Employers Want Now10m
Research the Best Jobs - U.S. News & World Report10m
Occupational Outlook Handbook10m
My Skills My Future - Career Research10m
2 practice exercises
Defining Your Career Objective and Action Plan Quiz20m
Defining Your Career Objective and Action Plan Quiz10m
Week
6
3 hours to complete

Research and Values: Identifying Your Best Options

In this module, you will explore different types of research sources and approaches. You will begin to consider your own research approach on your given career choice. You will share the results of your search and examine any questions unanswered. You will explore personal and workplace values, and align your personal work and cultural values with your research results....
2 videos (Total 10 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
What Research Should I Do?5m
7 readings
Learning Objectives2m
My Career Matches15m
My Next Move20m
The Key to Success? Grit20m
O*Net Work Values20m
Identifying Workplace Values…. What’s Most Important to You20m
Reading: Aligning your Work with your Values20m
2 practice exercises
Research is Key Practice Quiz20m
Research and Values12m
Week
7
3 hours to complete

Career Rockclimbing: A Tactical Approach to Reach the Top

In this module, you will be introduced to the concept of "career rock climbing" which has replaced the traditional idea of "climbing the corporate ladder." In today's world, the career ladder has become a rock wall. Career success, no matter how you define it, requires you to be more creative and nimble as you develop and implement your career plan. This module will show you how to be more innovative and creative as you explore and prepare for your career....
1 video (Total 3 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
1 video
7 readings
Learning Objectives2m
The Career Ladder vs. The Rock Wall20m
Revamped Corporate Ladder20m
Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go20m
Career Development and Mobility20m
Office Politics on the Corporate Ladder20m
Moving Up The Hierarchy10m
2 practice exercises
Career Rock Climbing and Corporate Ladder - What You Have Learned!20m
Career Rock Climbing10m

Instructors

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Elke M Leeds, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning
Academic Affairs
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Ana T. Baida, Ed.D.

Executive Director
Department of Career Planning and Development
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Wes Rhea, J.D.

Senior Lecturer
Information Systems
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Dan Stotz

Director, Online Executive Education
Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

About University System of Georgia

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