Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

Provides tools and resources for making informed career decisions. Covers assessing skills, values, interests, and personality toward making a career decision. Covers how to research career information and methods of exploring careers. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply self-awareness to choices pertaining to work, leisure, and education.
  2. Access current resources and tools to enhance career development.
  3. Use self-awareness and decision-making skills in order to create career and educational goals.

Aspirational Goals


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. In-class participation through a variety of methods including dyads, learning teams, and/or presentations.
  2. Presentations and reports related to information gained through career information resources.
  3. Develop a plan of action (written or presented) 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.

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. Career-Related Interests
  4. Skills/Abilities (transferable, adaptive, task specific)
  5. Personality traits
  6. Career Information
  7. Decision-making/goal setting