Career Development and Planning
Instructor: Jacqueline Cooper, PhD Classroom: ED 4009
Telephone: 245-7628 Meets: Th 6:30 – 9:15 pm
Email : JC41@txstate.edu Office: ED 4026
Office Hours: T & Th 2 – 4:30 pm. Other times by appointment.
This course provides a practical and theoretical approach to career counseling and vocational development. This course introduces students to career development theories and engages students in the broad discussion of the role of work in the lives of people. Our course is driven by active participation by all members, not solely imparting information on my part. We all can learn from each other through open dialogue.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Methods of Instruction:
Methods of instruction includes, but not limited to lecture, PowerPoint, guest, site visits, student presentations, in-class group processing, case studies, and audio visual aids.
Peterson, Nadene and Gonzales, R. (2005). The Role of Work in People’s Lives: Applied Career Counseling and Vocational Psychology.
Suggested Readings :
Chronicle of Higher Education
Journal of Employment Counseling
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Journal of Counseling and Development
Journal of Career Development
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Just for fun, not for this class but sometime during your life…
Albom, Mitch (1997). Tuesdays with Morrie
Class Attendance and Class Participation
This is a very interactive course. Attending and participating in class is necessary for your success in this class. If you are unable to attend, you are responsible for the material covered. Avoid arriving late. You may have one absence without penalty. Five points will be reduced from your final grade for each subsequent absence. Four or more absences constitute an “F” for the course. Cell phones/pagers are not allowed during class time.
All writing assignments are 12 pt., double spaced with 1 inch margins all around. Keep the font simple, Courier or New Times Roman. Please use APA style when citing sources either in writing assignments, on exams or in on-line discussions.
On-Line Participation through TRACS
We will have two on-line surveys as part of this class. Surveys will be posted on TRACS. Please fill out the on-line surveys. Your responses are completely anonymous. I will be able to see that you completed the survey but I will not be able to see how you responded.
On-line Communication Expectations
In order to protect your privacy, I will only answer e-mails sent from your State account. We will have discussions on-line either through TRACS or Blackboard. Respect your classmates by not engaging in offensive language while on-line. Each member of the class is expected to make a substantial response to the original post and to at least 1 of your classmate’s responses. All posts should be completed by Wednesday before the next class period.
News from the Field/Hot Topics
Each class period we will devote several minutes to discussing career development and career counseling issues we find in the news. Share what you find!
Career Portfolio (Due September 28)
You will prepare a professional portfolio for yourself. It will contain documents that chronicle your career development and documents that will be used in your employment search. This assignment will be most valuable if you take your time and attend to the process you go through as you work on the portfolio. In other words, take note of how what you are thinking about, how you are processing information, for this can lead you to understand what your clients may sometime feel. (The completed portfolio is due no later than 6:30 pm on September 28, 2006). Please type your project.
Be sure to include with each job listed what you learned-positive or less than positive-from each job. Also discuss how these jobs eventually led you to your current job/educational endeavor.
It is important to look back at least 2 generations (to your grandparents). Describe what they did for work.
If you would like me to critique your resume, please write “RIP” across the top of the document.
This is your end result of your current endeavors.
(Steps you intend to take to meet your professional goals listed above)
Specify what traits/skills/attitudes your role model(s) possess that you would like to emulate yourself
State the expectations and career goals your parents had (or still have) for your career life. How have they reacted to your present level of career development?
You will interview a professional person who is doing the work you are thinking of doing, or one who is doing work that you would like to know of that person. The length of this interview should be no longer than 2 pages.
Career Group Project/Presentation Exercise
You will work with 3 or 4 of your fellow classmates for this project. Your group will choose a topic in the area of career counseling. Your topic will need to be pre-approved by the professor. After choosing the topic, you will need to prepare a 15 – 20 minute presentation that you will present on November 2, 9, and 16, 2006 in class. In addition to presenting your topic, your group will also need to turn in an annotated bibliography (APA style) to the class and to me. The annotated bibliography should contain a minimum of3 books, 5 journal articles and any other sources you may wish to include. Your grade will be based on your group’s presentation, your own part in the presentation and the annotated bibliography.
In choosing and developing your presentation, be attentive to the most current research (within the last 7 years), applicability to the counseling field, and issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Resources are available at Texas State University Library, Career Services, or on line (a great place to start would be the Department of Labor’s website). If you are unable to use campus resources, most branches of the Austin Public Library have a career section or have helpful resources in the Reference areas of the Library. Suggested journals of interest include the Journal of Employment Counseling, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Career Development, and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. You might want to also access movies, books and Websites in your search for relevant information for your topic.
Please feel free to use technology or PowerPoint when presenting your topic to the class.
Grade Scale (in points)
Class Participation 10
Mid-term Exam 20
Career Portfolio 25
Group Presentation 25
Final Exam 20
95 – 100 pts = A
85 – 94 pts = B
75 – 84 pts = C
65 – 74 pts = D
Below 65pts = F
Grades will not be curved in this course and academic dishonesty has no place in our class. Extra credit work will not be given.
Last day to drop with no record on transcript is September 8, and the last day to drop with an automatic “W” is September 12 and with an assigned “W” or “F” is September 13 – November 20.
(This is a fluid document – things may change, please check TRACS)
DATE READING/ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES
Thu-8/24 Class Introductions
Intro to Career Counseling
History of Career Counseling
Thu- 8/31 News from the Field
Chapters 2 & 3
Thu-9/7 Guest Presentation
Chi Sigma Iota-Sigma Tau Sigma
News from the Field
Survey 1 Results
Thu -9/14 News from the Field
Thu-9/21 Career Services Visit
Meet at Career Services (5 th Floor LBJSC)
Thu-9/28 News from the Field
Discussion of Group Project and Expectations
Diversity Issues and Discussions
Career Portfolio Due
Thu-10/5 News from the Field
Review for Midterm
Thu-10/12 Mid-term exam (Short essay)
Thu-10/19 News from the Field
Survey 2 Results
Work on Group Project
DATE READING/ASSIGNMENTS DUE DATES
Thu-10/26 News from the Field
Begin Final Review
Work on Group Project
Thu-11/2 News from the Field
Thu-11/9 News from the Field
Thu-11/ 16 News from the Field
Thu-11/23 HOLIDAY – No Class
Thu-11/30 News from the Field
Preparation for Final
Mon-12/4 Last Class Day
Thu-12/7 Final Exam (Short Essay)
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