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ABS 200W - Career Decision Making

Credits: 1
Develops student ability to make career choices by focusing on the steps in the career decision making process (Self Awareness, Career Awareness, Decision Making, and Creating a Plan). Investigates personal values, skills, interests and abilities and explores a variety of careers using campus resources. Assists in matching personal characteristics with careers and creating a plan of action to accomplish short- and long-range career goals while working in a cooperative, respectful group atmosphere. Encourages writing, as a reflective practice, to enhance learning. Credit may be earned in ABS 103 or ABS 200W but not both.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 1 and WRITING LEVEL 1
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 15 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives  

  1. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills.
    1. Demonstrate respect for peers/colleagues by maintaining confidentiality, listening actively, and accepting the rights of others to express diverse opinions.
    2. Participate actively in class activities.
  2. Demonstrate self-awareness as a first step in developing a successful career plan.
    1. Discuss the components of self-awareness including self-esteem, assertiveness, values, skills and abilities, interests, and personality characteristics.
    2. Explore the above components using relevant career theories, including Holland's Codes and some form of Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator.
    3. Explore the above components using appropriate career exploration tools.
    4. Apply this understanding and knowledge of self-awareness to the career decision-making process.
  3. Demonstrate career-awareness and exploration as the second step in developing a successful career plan.
    1. Use campus career resources to broaden career awareness.
    2. Use Career Services resources to explore career awareness.
    3. Use Bureau of Labor Statistics and other relevant resources to explore career options.
    4. Identify and interview someone employed in a field of interest.
    5. Present an oral and written report summarizing and analyzing the interview.
  4. Decide on a career as the third step in developing a career plan.
    1. Analyze and integrate the knowledge of self- and career-awareness explorations to match personal characteristics with careers.
    2. Discuss and apply steps in the decision-making process to prepare a plan of action.
  5. Develop a comprehensive career plan.

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