Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SC 16
Course Title:
Employment Exploration
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Course Description

Covers developing effective strategies and communications both verbally and written in a business context. Teaches gather and use of information in the workplace, presentation skills, team work, and developing an understanding of business ethics in an international market. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Acquire a foundation for moving into entry level employment.

2. Build a support network for personal and career mobility

Course Activities and Design

·         Model attitudes appropriate for work and school environments

·         Demonstrate on time-behavior and have ninety (90%) percent class attendance

·         Research personal assets and identify expenditures

·         Develop a personal budget

·         Demonstrate appropriateness of dress and participate in interviewing activities

·         Prepare for job search activities

·         Write resumes; Cover letters and Thank you notes

·         Develop employment search network


·         Work as a team with others

·         Listen to others

·         Communicate appropriately


·         Demonstrate on-time behavior

·         Learn time management skills


·         Participate in network building strategy exercises

·         Develop a list of networks

·         Personal/Professional

·         Visual Mapping exercise


·         Learn common interview questions

·         Prepare questions to ask during interviews

·         Participate in mock interviews

Job Shadow

·         Select and complete a J.S.


·         Use Career Inventory Survey software

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Complete the CIS Apprenticeship and Trades Exploration Assignment

Complete the Network Building Strategies Assignment

Complete the Mock Interview Exercise

Complete the Personal Behaviors and Professional Expectations exercise

Complete the Job Shadow and write a Reflection Paper

Compile a portfolio and make a presentation to the class

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


·         Barriers

·         Fear of Discovery


·         Punctuality

·         Time management


·         How to prepare

·         Informational interviewing

·         Preparing for interviews


·         Why is it important

·         How to build


·         Exploration tool

·         Use in the workplace