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The Career Center offers a variety of 2-credit Career & Life Education courses to help you explore, navigate, and design your life and career at DePaul and beyond! While the majority of our courses are online asynchronous, we offer classes across a variety of modalities including online asynchronous, online hybrid, hybrid, and in person. Please review each course description below to learn more about its current modality. If you are not sure which course(s) to take, we are happy to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Who am I? What should I study? What kind of work might I enjoy? Designing your future is rooted in exploration: exploring who you are, exploring where you want to be, and mapping your next steps towards your goals. Using a design thinking approach, this course will help you move forward to create the career and academic experiences you seek at DePaul and beyond.
Your career toolkit is a collection of essential career pursuit assets that help ensure your career success. Through written communication, such as resumes and cover letters, to verbal communication, such as your elevator pitch and interview stories, it is important to understand how to effectively communicate brand you. Through this course, you will have the opportunity to create a career toolkit that will help you navigate networking, apply for a job, and/or ace the interview!
Talent is the source of true potential. Using the CliftonStrengths assessment, you will identify your talents: the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come most naturally to you. Through this course, we will explore ways for you to build your natural talents into your strengths and apply them to several areas of your career development.
Want an internship but not sure where to start? Or maybe you are seeking full-time employment and want to be more strategic in your search. Through this course, you will design a customized search strategy, which will position you for success in landing your dream job or internship! Topics covered include self-discovery, identifying/researching target organizations, refining your career toolkit, offer/negotiation best practices, and designing/executing your search plan.
Graduate and professional school provides you with the opportunity to advance your academic and professional career through advanced study of a particular field and/or area of interest. For many fields, earning an advanced degree gives you a competitive advantage while for others, it is necessary for advancement. Exploring your options and getting accepted into your preferred program requires research, differentiation, and project management skills. Through this course, you will learn how to identify best-fit graduate programs and figure out how to successfully navigate the application process.
Are you reconsidering your career plan? A career pivot is a planned, purposeful change in career direction to a related field or something completely new. Whatever its direction, a pivot is a meaningful change that requires thought and careful planning. Utilizing our three-step process for pivoting your career plan (reflection/research/design), this course will help you create a Launch Plan to get you back on track for success.
This is an online course with both synchronous and asynchronous weeks. See below for upcoming topics and schedule.
The workplace is constantly evolving, and employers are increasingly taking a skills-based approach to hiring. Developing a strong set of professional skills is more important now than ever, as they can set you up for career success by allowing you to differentiate yourself from other candidates in today’s competitive job market. This course offers a variety of upskilling topics to help build your professional skill set and advance your career.
Autumn Quarter 2022 topic: Designing High Impact Presentations, synchronous meeting Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm during weeks 2, 5, 9, and 10.
These are Online Asynchronous Courses | Registration open to student-athletes only. Please reach out to Kate O'Brien in Athletics Advising for registration.
As a student athlete, you possess a unique set of skills and experiences that are highly valued by employers. Through this course, you will build the foundation of you career game plan. We will start with career reconnaissance, exploring your VIPS (values, interests, personality, and skills), paying close attention to your unique transferable skills and abilities you bring to the table as a student athlete. Next, we will dive into market reconnaissance, exploring careers and majors of interest. Using these as your guide, you will leave this course with a strong foundation for sound career decision making and the ability to make connections between your sports-related skills and the workplace.
Just as training for your sport makes you a better athlete, developing a strategic career plan will help ensure you are career-ready upon graduation. Through this course, you will build upon the foundation of your career game plan and learn how to develop and implement strategies that propel you towards career success. From resumes to networking to interviewing, all aspects of career development will be covered. Whether you are looking to transition out of sport or stay in the game, this course will help you develop a solid search strategy while helping you position the value of your student-athlete experience to potential employers.