Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CG 140B
Course Title:
Career and Life Planning
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Course Description

This course provides students with the tools needed to make informed career decisions. Students will assess skills, values, interests, personality, obstacles, and approaches to decision making. The course provides instruction on how to research career information, gain access to information materials, and methods of exploring careers and majors. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify personal characteristics that relate to appropriate life choices pertaining to work, leisure, and education.
  2. Research current occupational information integrating acquired knowledge of personal characteristics. Use and apply career theories to explain personal characteristics. In addition practice occupational interviewing and understand the dynamics of the global economy and technical changes in the workplace.
  3. Utilize a variety of decision-making models to plan for career and life choices.
  4. Integrate the career information using self awareness and decision making skills in order to create a career and educational plan i.e. college major or program of study

Course Activities and Design

Flexible dependent on needs of student population and preferred teaching style of instructor.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students.

  1. Assess career development process in a personal reflection in written or oral form.
  2. Report on information interviews.
  3. In-class participation demonstrating knowledge of subject matter.
  4. Demonstrate research skills using both printed and electronic career information.
  5. Develop a written plan of action to further define career goals.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

The following list indicates the skills students will develop by doing assignments and participating in class:

  1. Increase self awareness as it relates to values, interests, skills and personality.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to effectively analyze and synthesize career research to make an informed career decision.
  3. Research occupational/career information using various methods (informational interviews, career resource center, internet).
  4. Problem-solve and make decisions regarding career choices.
  5. Reflect on and evaluate a tentative career decision and how that relates to ongoing career decision making.

Concepts, themes, Issues

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

  1. Career Development Theories
  2. Values Clarification
  3. Interests
  4. Skills/Abilities (transferable, adaptive, task specific)
  5. Personality traits
  6. Barriers
  7. Career Information
  8. Diversity and social justice issues
  9. Decision-making/goal setting