Today's Careers

Course Number: CG 130
Transcript Title: Today's Careers
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2016
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores careers and what it takes to succeed in them using a variety of personal inventories. Develops a plan for next steps in career exploration. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Assess their achievements, interests and skills and evaluate how that can inform their career choices.
  2. Research an occupation including completing an informational interview.
  3. Evaluate occupational information such as outlook, growth, wages, and educational requirements.
  4. Design a resume.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Complete personal inventories and correlate them with specific occupations.
  2. Conduct and report on an informational interview.
  3. Write a research paper about a specific occupation of interest
  4. Develop a resume.

Course Activities and Design

Online discussion forums, readings, personal inventories, informational interviews, research paper, resume writing

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Identify personal interests and skills to gather information about relevant career fields.
  2. Understand how to access current career information through online and print resources.
  3. Interpret wage and employment outlook information.
  4. Synthesize acquired information to create an action plan for the future career and educations steps.
  5. Conduct informational interviews.
  6. Critical thinking.
  7. Effective written and oral communications.

Concepts, Themes, Issues

The contextualized networks of meaning students must understand in order to demonstrate the performance tasks and achieve the outcomes.

  1. Occupational trends
  2. World of work
  3. Process of occupational research
  4. Labor market
  5. Informational interviewing