Career Self Awareness Courses – Main Campus students
In order to be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve. Our Career and Self-Awareness courses are designed to help you enhance your self-awareness, build confidence, develop a strong sense of career direction, and become savvy about the world-of-work.
The CSA Core consists of three courses: CSA101 Exploring Self: Inside Out (freshman year), CSA260 Professional Success Seminar (usually taken sophomore year), and CSA400 Career Capstone (usually taken junior or senior year). These courses include a unique combination of personal assessment activities, online career exploration, career and financial planning tools, job seeking skill development, lively in-class discussions, and online research about world-of-work topics and trends, as well as the building of a career portfolio.
CAREER AND SELF AWARENESS (CSA) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
CSA101 Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits
This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar - 1 credit
This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.
CSA400 Career Capstone - 2 credits
This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing. Prerequisite: CSA260
Career Self Awareness Courses – Online Accelerated Degree Program students
The required courses consist of two courses: CSS101 (freshman year) and PSS301 for Junior and above status. These courses include a unique combination of lifelong learning skills for both their course work and their career use and advice and counsel on managing your career.
COLLEGE SUCCESS AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits
This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.
PSS301 Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development - 3 credits
This course provides practical approaches to managing one’s career, working with others in teams, understanding other’s perceptions of one’s performance, managing upwards and sideways for success, maneuvering through a changing work environment and global marketplace, and networking inside and outside of one’s organization. Students will explore the changing global environment of business and the skills and knowledge that tomorrow’s workforce will demand.