[GENL 121] is not only about the types of careers that exist, but more importantly
about who you are and how you will fit into these fields.
Personal Life and Career Planning (GENL 121) is a two-credit, general studies course
designed to teach students the process of decision making and the application of this
process to career and life choices. This course is offered in the fall and the spring
semesters. NOTE: This course does not fulfill core requirements.
Why Take GENL 121?
To assist you in selecting a major
To help you to develop a sense of career directionality and confidence
To link a choice of major with possible career options
To improve your awareness of the world of work and the requirements and strategies
To improve your decision-making skills and confidence
To take action toward achieving satisfactory life planning, in the context of a decision
To earn two elective credits toward your degree
Sample of Course Topics
Taking Stock of Skills
Personality and Interests
Targeting Your Job Search
Preparing a Winning Resume
Course Purpose and Objectives
GENL 121 enables students to understand their role in the world of work, develop a
sense of career directionality and maturity, explore concepts related to successful
career choice, and begin to take action toward achieving satisfactory life planning,
in the context of decision making.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Describe the context in which career-related decisions are made in the 21st century.
Describe and use a model for making decisions and transitions that can be applied
repeatedly throughout life.
Describe personal characteristics identified through knowledge of Holland Codes, Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator, values inventory, and textbook exercises.
Identify a group of occupations that meet the criteria suggested by these characteristics
Discuss elements of ideal job and workplace.
Develop primary and alternative academic or career objectives.
Learn and apply skills that will assist in the job-search process.
Identify, visit, and use various career resources available