This course will be conducted as a professional seminar that prepares students for the up-coming job market crunch, or at least getting ready to face the complex realities of daily life as adult professionals. Students will learn to construct their own personal profiles for employment-related purposes, write letters of explanation/complaint/negotiation, and practice presentation skills. For those interested in pursuing advanced studies, we will also learn about preparing statements of purpose and letters of recommendation. Reference materials are located on the website for this course and will be discussed in great detail in class. Students will be required to turn in written work regularly, shape up their professional image, and make respectable presentations in class.

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Tentative Schedule:

date Course plan
2-20 intro to the course

homework:look over the following sites and prepare your own assessment of your personality type and possible job orientation

2-27 Student presentation: career aptitude assessment
The job market and Professionalism

homework: look over resume tips on course webpage, construct your own resume

3-6 anatomy of a resume

homework: complete your resume

3-13 strategizing/packaging your image

homework: finalize your personal resume or profile

3-20 resume is due; presentations of finalized personal resumes

homework: write up interview experiences or collect interview tips


Student Presentations: preparing for job interviews
Nail the Interview

homework: organize for mock interview; prepare self-introductions
4-10 self-introductions and mock interviews

homework: organize for mock interview; prepare self-introductions
4-17 self-introductions and mock interview

homework: Reflections on the mock interview

letters for miscellaneous purposes

4-24 Reflections are due: Self-introduction and reflections on the mock interview
writing letters
homework: write a negotiation letter
5-1 letter is due; Writing Difficult letters
homework: look up existing work ethic
5-8 work ethic: what are the basic rules of conduct
homework: find info on admission application process
5-15 The application process
homework: preparing a statement of purpose
5-22 working on the statement of purpose and autobiography
homework: write up draft for statement of purpose or autobiography
5-29 SOP or autobiography is due
homework: getting your personal profile ready
6-5 personal profile paper copy presentation