Course Modules and Learning

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive career education. All students completing this course have three overarching objectives. These objectives are:

  1. To learn how to pick a suitable career to pursue
  2. To set goals which will enable your to achieve your career aspirations
  3. To acquire the skills you need to achieve your career aspirations
Module Objectives:

Achievement of each module’s objectives will support your achievement of the overarching course objectives.

Module # Module Name Module Objectives
1 Your Strengths and Interests
  • Identify your strengths and interests.
  • Understand how you can use your knowledge of your strengths and interests to guide your investigation of potential careers.
2 Career Clusters
  • Become familiar with the 16 Career Clusters.
  • Explore the Career Clusters according to your strengths and interests.
  • Identify one to three Career Clusters that suit you best.
3 Post-Secondary Education Options


  • Determine the type of post-secondary education you would like to receive.
  • Develop an argument for why the type of post-secondary education you would like to receive is best for you.
4 Career Research


  • Understand how to form a high-quality research question.
  • Outline what you need to know about a career before pursuing it.
  • Determine which online sources will provide you reliable information about different types of careers.
  • Understand how to make a graphic organizer to record your research findings.
5 Career Exploration
  • Research three to five careers that you are interested in.
  • Organize your research findings so that you can evaluate them easily.
  • Evaluate your research findings.
6 Goal Setting


  • Understand why you should set career goals.
  • Understand how to set career goals you can achieve.
  • Create a detailed list of your long-term and short term career goals.
7 Soft Skills


  • Define soft skills.
  • List important soft skills that you will need when entering the workforce.
  • Analyze the degree to which you possess soft skills.
  • Devise a plan for adopting and refining soft skills in yourself.
8 Relationship Building
  • Explain how communication forms the basis of relationships.
  • Explain how having good relationships is critical to being successful in the workplace.
9 Workplace Communication


  • Learn how to communicate, in person, with clients, customers, coworkers, and superiors.
  • Learn how to construct an email to clients, customers, coworkers, and superiors.
  • Learn how to use social media to promote yourself and your company or institution.
10 Workplace Ethics


  • Research and consider common ethical dilemmas in your chosen career.
  • Explain why codes for ethical behavior exist in the workplace.
  • Describe the importance of identifying and avoiding conflicts of interest.
11 Career Technology


  • Describe the basic technological skills required by most jobs.
  • Describe the technological skills required by the career you want to pursue.
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals to acquire the technological skills you need for your desired career.
  • Explain why operating and navigating technology is important for people entering today’s job market.
12 Job Resources
  • Identify the possible online, print, and interpersonal resources you can utilize when looking for job openings in your desired career field.
  • Determine which resources are more or less likely to be helpful when you are seeking a position.
13 Create Your Rèsumè
  • Explain what a rèsumè is and what it consists of.
  • Understand how to write a rèsumè.
  • Create your own rèsumè.
  • Understand the importance of a well-written rèsumè.
14 Write a Cover Letter
  • Explain what a cover letter is and what it consists of.
  • Understand how to write a cover letter.
  • Write a cover letter for a particular job opening.
15 Interview Skills
  • Learn how to prepare for an interview.
  • Learn how to present yourself during an interview.
  • Learn how to demonstrate insight, creativity, and confidence during an interview.
  • Learn how to project your personality with honesty and professionalism during an interview.
16 Career Portfolio
  • Define a career portfolio.
  • Explain what a career portfolio contains.
  • Understand how to organize a career portfolio.
  • Compile your career portfolio.
  • Identify informational or experiential gaps in your portfolio.
17 Financial Literacy
  • Explain why managing your finances is important.
  • Understand how to create a budget.
  • Create your own budget.

Linda Domenitz, Director
Location: Second floor (Room 209)
Phone: (860) 906-5108

Appointments are highly recommended for first time users and students are welcome to phone, e-mail or stop by Room 209 in person to arrange for a meeting.

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