CDV105: Exploring Your Career Path
This course is divided into two parts. During the first part of the class, students will pick a career they are interested in pursuing and conduct in-depth research on that career. They will explore and learn about the various aspects of pursuing their careers, which include the different requirements, job growth statistics, relative trade associations, and the different public and private academic programs for the career path. Students will also select one job they wish to apply to within their chosen career paths. Students will have the opportunity to present their findings to their class. Upon completion of Level 1, students will have developed a written career plan which they can refer to and update as they progress throughout their professional and academic endeavors.
During the second part, students will learn about the key elements of an effective resume, what hiring managers are looking for in applicants, relevant keywords, and Applicant Tracking Software. Students will also draft a professional resume, a cover letter, and their references. They will also participate in a mock interview with a partner, in addition to completing a written evaluation of their partner’s performance.
The course promotes an appreciation for critical thinking as it relates to your career development and improves public speaking skills by encouraging students to actively participate in each lesson.
You will need to access your student portal every week to complete the assignments and engage in the weekly Zoom discussions. All reading material will be provided to you in your lesson dashboard. This class is research-based.
Each assignment is worth five points. By the end of the course, you should have 40 points. Additionally, each course you complete gets you points that can be used to purchase other courses. If you are a member, you can also use those points to enter the monthly raffle, where you can earn rewards.
Something about meeting new people makes learning so much more exciting. The first class is always stimulating because you get to meet your new classmates and instructor for the first time; these are the people you will be working with for the next 9 weeks.
During this lesson, you will take an analytical approach to explore your career choice by participating in a career assessment. We will use the Holland Code Career Test, which classifies you into six broad career areas, assesses your personality and interests, and suggests a suitable career. This assessment is a fun way for you to reflect upon yourself while considering the correlation between your personality traits and career choice. Students may share their findings with the class if they choose to. We will discuss the six career categories used in the Holland Code Career test during our live meeting. You may use this time to ask questions if you are unsure of anything we cover.
Respect each other. The most important rule for our class is to respect one another. You do not need to agree with someone to communicate respectfully. Let’s keep this in mind when we interact with one another.
Be prepared for each lesson. Students must complete the assigned work and research for each week to earn points. It will help you get the most benefit out of this course if you take the activities seriously and put in the effort to learn. Additionally, you are encouraged to reach out to your instructor for additional guidance.
Basic research skills. This course is for students who have a basic working knowledge of online research. You should know how to employ proper online search techniques to conduct effective research.
Enjoy the class. Being prepared is essential, but you should never forget to enjoy your experiences. This class will help you achieve your goals by introducing you to valuable tools and resources and presenting information you can continue to utilize throughout your life.
I recommend students use the following applications to supplement the learning process:
- Microsoft Word
- Adobe Acrobat
- Adobe Acrobat DC
How to download and complete your assignments:
There are two versions of your assignment, a Microsoft Word version, and a PDF version. You can download the files, and type in the information using Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, or another PDF editing software.
You can also print the worksheet and handwrite your answers, scan it back or take a picture and submit it to your instructor. If you have any issues accessing any of the files, reach out to your instructor.