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Career Decision Making

ABS 200W

Career Decision Making

ABS 200W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2. Develops student ability to make career choices by focusing on the steps in the career decision making process (Self Awareness, Career Awareness, Decision Making, and Creating a Plan). Investigates personal values, skills, interests and abilities and explores a variety of careers using campus resources. Assists in matching personal characteristics with careers and creating a plan of action to accomplish short- and long-range career goals while working in a cooperative, respectful group atmosphere. Encourages writing, as a reflective practice, to enhance learning. Credit may be earned in ABS 103 or ABS 200 but not both. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills necessary for both class and workplace effectiveness.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate respect for peers/colleagues by m aintaining confidentiality, listening actively, and accepting the rights of others to express diverse opinions.
  • Participate actively in class activities.

Engage in activities designed to build self-awareness as the first step in developing a successful career plan.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the components of self-awareness including self-esteem, assertiveness, values, skills and abilities, interests, and personality characteristics.
  • Explore the above components using Holland's Codes and some form of Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator.
  • Explore the above components using Sigi 3, Eureka, MOIS, and/or various other similar tools.
  • Apply this understanding and knowledge of self-awareness to the career decision-making process.

Build career-awareness and exploration as the second step in developing a successful career plan.

Objectives:

  • Use campus career resources to broaden career awareness.
  • Use Career Center resources such as Sigi 3, MOIS, Eureka, and/or other relevant sources to explore career awareness.
  • Use the "Dictionary of Occupational Titles," the "Occupational Outlook Handbook," and other relevant resources to explore career awareness.
  • Identify and interview someone employed in a field of interest.
  • Present an oral and written report summarizing and analyzing the interview.

Apply information learned during self-awareness and career exploration to making a decision as the third step in developing a career plan.

Objectives:

  • Analyze and integrate the knowledge of self- and career-awareness explorations to match personal characteristics with careers.
  • Discuss and apply steps in the decision-making process to prepare a plan of action.

Develop a comprehensive career plan.