SRJC Course Outlines

3/25/2023 1:11:52 PMCOUN 6 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COUN 6Title:  INTRO CAREER DEVELOPMENT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Career Development
Last Reviewed:4/23/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  COUN 62

Catalog Description:
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This course focuses on the ways career development contributes to a satisfying and healthy life, as well as the development of a career plan.  Emphasis is on interest and personality testing, values clarification, skills assessment, career information, research skills, decision making, and goal setting.  Course also covers changing job trends and requirements, as well as factors related to the procurement and retention of employment.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
This course focuses on the ways career development contributes to a satisfying and healthy life, as well as the development of a career plan.  Emphasis is on interest and personality testing, values clarification, skills assessment, career information, research skills, decision making, and goal setting.  Course also covers changing job trends and requirements, as well as factors related to the procurement and retention of employment.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentSpring 2010
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 2010Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2019Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Develop a career plan.
2.  Evaluate potential effects of career choices on physiological, social and psychological well
3.  Conduct research on potential majors and careers.
4.  Explain the steps involved in a decision making process.
5.  Implement appropriate resume writing and interview techniques.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.   Explain the concept of the career development process across the lifespan.
2.   Describe how personal values affect their lifestyles and career choices.
3.   Analyze career interest and personality inventories as a resource for making career decisions.
4.   Identify specific skills from past school, work or life experiences that could apply to a  career
5.   Assess the influence of individual psychological and biological traits on career choice and
6.   Examine biological and environmental influences on personality and their relationship to
      career development.
7.   Examine personality theory and values clarification in relation to gender, culture and
8.   Identify life span factors and examine their impact on career choice and transition.
9.   Utilize the Career Development Center literature and web resources to evaluate an
      occupation or career path in terms of market trends, personal values and skills compatibility.
10. Conduct informational interviews to gather current career information.
11. Synthesize career data and assess the degree of occupational compatibility.
12. Apply the analytical decision making process to career alternatives as well as the process of
      developing short and long-term goals.
13. Identify psychological, social and physical barriers in the career decision making process.
14. Evaluate the relationship between majors and careers.
15. Develop a career/life action plan for the implementation of career decisions.
16. Assess the physiological and psychological indicators for managing stress in the decision
      making process and in the workplace.
17. Identify the components of a successful job search, fill out job applications, and write a
      resume and cover letter.
18. Identify and practice job interview techniques.

Topics and Scope
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I. Self and Career Awareness      
    A. Origins of career beliefs
    B. Personal beliefs assessment and obstacles that may interfere with career exploration
    C. Overview of human development and life stages across the lifespan
    D. Theories of career development such as:
         1. Donald Super
         2. John Holland
         3. John Krumboltz
         4. Anne Roe
         5. Eli Ginzberg
    E. Factors influencing career development over the lifespan including aging, health,
          disability, family, lifestyle, stress and support systems
    F. Identification and integration of social and psychological roles in life
    G. Influence of personal beliefs, social and cultural conditioning, economic and workplace
         trends on career choice
    H. Values Analysis
         1. Values as they relate to career choice
         2. Influences on individual values (family, culture, religion)
         3. Role of values in contributing to a satisfying life and work environment  
          4. Personal values and philosophies assessment
    I. Career interests
         1. Origins of career interests
         2. Social and cultural influences in the development of career interests
         3. Interest inventories, evaluation and interpretation
         4. Educational opportunities to develop interests
    J. Personality assessment
         1. Carl Jung's psychological types theory
         2. Biological and cultural influences on personality
    K. Skills assessment
         1. Personal skill sets
         2. Transferable skill sets
         3. Occupational skill sets
         4. Skill sets required for selected careers
         5. Acquiring desired skill sets
    L. Influence of career choice on lifestyle (quality of life, health, retirement,
          economic well-being)
    M. Creating a healthy work/life balance
    N. Physiological, psychological and behavioral aspects of positive and negative
         stress in the workplace
    O. Diversity in the workplace
    P. How to synthesize information from self-assessment of beliefs, values, skills,
          personality and interests as it relates to career planning
    Q. How to construct a tentative career action plan reflecting identified values,
          beliefs, skills, personality traits and interests
    R. Methods to develop psychosocial support for career selection and/or transition
    S. Techniques to maintain psychosocial support throughout the career selection
         and/or transition process
II. Occupational Information
    A. Career literature and web resources.
    B. Labor market
     C. Economic Trends and their effects on career choice and mental/emotional
          health and well-being
    D. Research methods and evaluation criteria
     E. Informational interviewing techniques as a resource for gathering career information
    F. Relationship of majors to career planning
    G. Education and training needed for potential careers
    H. Educational planning
III. Career Planning and Decision Making
    A. How to analyze career data in relation to personal values, interests, personality and
          skills compatibility
    B. Analytical decision making process
    C. Psychological barriers and stressors related to decision making
    D. Socioeconomic and cultural influences in the decision making process and on
         life/career choices
    E. Role of internships, volunteer experiences
     F. Networking
    G. Development of short and long term goals
IV. Employment Readiness Skills
    A. Job search strategies
    B. Job applications
    C. Functional, chronological and electronic resumes
    D. Cover letters
    E. Pre-interview preparation and research
    F. Job interview techniques
V. Workplace Behavior

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1. Weekly reading assignments of 10-50 pages
2. Four to eight written assignments based on readings in text
3. Papers (2-5 pages)/Written Reports
    a. Summary of values clarification exercises assessing the influence of gender, family, culture,
         religion, health and stress on personal values.
    b. Projected lifestyle.
    c. Introspective paper examining individual psychological and biological influences on
    d. Analysis of personality type, interest inventory results, and skill sets.
    e. Examination of decision-making process including potential barriers.
4. Development of a personal resume, cover letter, and interviewing techniques
5. Reaction papers (2-4)  to class discussions and videos
6. Summarize results of informational interviews and evaluate in relationship to the career action
7. Career research report that integrates the student's assessment results and the relationship to
    potential careers based on research gathered via the Career Development Center resources
    (4-5 pages)
8. Midterm or final exam
9. Quizzes (0 - 17)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
60 - 80%
Papers, written analyses including decision making analysis, career research report, cover letter, resume, informational interview reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions; Quizzes, midterm or final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Attendance and participation, Report on a career field of interest

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options. 11th ed. Sukiennik, Diane and Raufman, Lisa. Pearson. 2015
Do What You Are:  Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type. Tieger, Paul and Barron, Barbara and Tieger, Kelly. Little, Brown and Company. 2014 (classic)
The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. Lore, Nicholas. Touchstone. 2012 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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