Course Information

Create Your Path to SUccess in

The Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences Course (01:090:210)

This 1.5 credit, graded elective course will help you develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a purpose-filled life and career.

What will I learn?

  • Discover Yourself: Identify your interests and values; articulate career relevant skills you are building at SAS.
  • Explore Majors and Careers: Meet and see stories about alumni; learn how the workplace is changing and how you can adapt; research major and career options that fit your unique strengths (not necessarily your major!)
  • Build Skills and Pursue Goals: Create networking and job search tools (Resume, LinkedIN, Interviews) to help you demonstrate your unique strengths and pursue opportunities.

This is a course that focuses on YOU! You will leave the class with things you can use to achieve success - an inventory of your strengths, a professional network, a resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile you can use to find internships/jobs, and a lot of knowledge about how to manage your emotions as you work to answer the question, "What do I want to do when I grow up." It may seem like a lot of work for a 1.5 credit class, but everything you create in this class is something that can help you in your quest to build a life and career after college that works for you!

Find out what other students got out of the course here: New initiative guides students from every major toward finding their purpose

Register for course 01:090:210 here.

How will I be graded?

Lesson

Discussion


Points

Assignments


Points

Lesson Total
Points

Approximate time to complete* (Add 1-1.5 hrs for readings)

Discover Yourself & Understand How Careers Work: Identify your interests and values; articulate career relevant skills you are building at SAS and other strengths or “Career Capital”; articulate how SAS alumni find meaningful work and identify skills you are developing in SAS that employers care about.

 

 

1

Introduce Yourself to the Group (All)

2

Mapping Alumni Career Stories

3

5

30-40 min

2

   

Set up Zoom Introduction Meeting with Instructor

Set up Your ePortfolio

2

2

2

 

 

 

2

20-30 min.

3

Using Your Values to Improve Your Life

(Small Group)

2

Values and Identity Short Reflection

4

6

1.25-1.5 hrs.

4

   

Career Capital and STAR Statements for Resumes and More

5

5

1hr. – 1.25hr.

Introduce Yourself Professionally, Build Connections, and Choose a “Career Community” to Explore: Develop your professional “Tell me about yourself” script and start your LinkedIn profile; start networking conversations; explore tools to help you learn about career possibilities; learn how the workplace is changing and how you can adapt; research major and career options and communities that fit your unique strengths (not necessarily your major!)

5

Assessing Your Many Possible Futures: Researching Careers (Small Group)

5

Zoom Introduction with Instructor

5

10

1.5-1.75hr.

6

Find and Share a Career Community/Networking Resource (All)

2

Introducing Yourself Professionally On-Line

5

7

1.5 -1.75hrs

7

   

Networking Conversation Part 1 of 2: Selection & Outreach

3

3

50 min. – 1hr

Create Career Exploration Tools that Also Help You Land a Job/internship: Create a resume and cover letter you can use to find internships/jobs that help you explore longer term career options; practice interviewing skills; develop a flexible career plan and SMART goals.

8

HR Resume Review (Small Group)

5

Select and Analyze an Entry-level Job/Internship

3

8

1.25-1.5hr

9

Unpacking Relevant Skills from Your Courses for Your Resume

(Small Group)

4

   

4

30-40 min.

10

   

Draft Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Profile

10

10

1.75 -2.25hrs

11

   

Mock interview in Handshake

3

 

3

 

30-40 min

12

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats (SWOT)Discussion

(Small group)

3

Networking Conversation Part 2 of 2: Summary and Reflection

10

13

2 hrs (plan ahead, incl. scheduling and question dev., plus summary)

13

   

Visualize and Plan Your Success

3

3

20-30 min.

14

What are your next steps? (All)

2

Your Strategic Career Plan OR Final resume, cover letter, and mock interview tailored to a job

15

17

2.5-3 hours

 

Active Participation (Commenting on others's work, supporting others, etc.)

2

 

0

2

30 min

Total

 

27

 

73

100

 


Questions? Email the director, Jennifer Lenahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.