Thursday, October 29, 2015

Winter 2016 Career Classes

General Studies 297H
Title: Career Planning
Schedule: Wednesday, 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Tina Adelstein (Career Counselor)
Credits: 2
Size of class: up to 50 students
SLN: 14809

This course assists freshmen and sophomore students (first and second year students with 0-89 credits) with the process of exploring and designing their academic paths and internship/career options. Students will survey their own capacities, skills, and interests through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class activities.

General Studies 297H (“Career Planning”), is a 2-credit course (CR/NC) where students attend one 110-minute seminar each week. This course is designed to expose students to various co/extra-curricular campus opportunities and tackle the issue of “what can I do with a major in…”  Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to make informed choices about possible courses of study, internships, jobs, volunteer/community service activities, and careers.  No pre-requisites are required.

Learning objectives:
1.       Build self-awareness and appreciation for one’s strengths, skills, values, and interests and apply this self-knowledge when making decisions and exploring academic and career options.
2.       Explore various academic/career pathways and acquire methods to research them
3.       Hone networking skills
4.       Build, refine, and practice effective application materials and strategies
5.       Clearly position their education and background in the marketplace and develop confidence in choices
Weekly course topics include:

·         Reflective practices
·         Decision making and design thinking
·         Dependable Strengths
·         Creative exploration of majors and careers
·         Prototyping and testing ideas 
·         UW Young Alumni Panel
·         Resume, cover letter, CV, and application materials
·         Internship Fair Prep
·         Digital identity
For additional details please contact Tina Adelstein in the Career Center (; 206-685-6216 ).

General Studies 391G
Title: Career Strategy and Job Search   
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-3:20; LOW 201
Instructor: Patrick Chidsey (Career Counselor)
Credits: 2
Size of class: up to 50 students
SLN: 14824

This course assists juniors/transfer students/seniors (3rd & 4th year students) with self-exploration, investigation of career options and development of career and job search strategy.  General Studies 391G (“Career Strategy and Job Search”), is a graded, 2-credit course where students attend two 50-minute classes each week. This course is designed for juniors, transfer students and seniors (3rd & 4thyear students) who have earned roughly 90 credits or more. No pre-requisites are required.

Learning objectives:
1.       Grow self-awareness and appreciation for your strengths, skills, values, and interests and learn how to use this important self-knowledge when taking action in job searching and building a career strategy.
2.       Build ability to effectively research career options and learn how to be successful in the competitive job market.
3.       Learn how to create effective resumes, cover letters, strong LinkedIn profiles (and online and in-person networking skills), grow interviewing skills and confidence.
Course topics include:

·         Dependable Strengths, Values, Interests
·         Career and Option Exploration
·         Researching Employers and Understanding the Job Market
·         Networking and Informational Interviews
·         Short and Long Term Planning
·         How Does your Major(s) and Experiences Relate to your Future?
·         UW Alumni and Employer Panels
·         Resumes, Cover Letter, Interviewing              
·         Social Media, LinkedIn and Online Presence/Digital Footprint
For additional details please contact Patrick Chidsey in the Career Center (; 206.616.5803).