Personal Life & Career Planning Course (GENL 121)

[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.

Students in classroom
Students learn about themselves and how to best prepare and plan for the world outside of the classroom.

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 for success
  • To improve your decision-making skills and confidence
  • To take action toward achieving satisfactory life planning, in the context of a decision making format
  • To earn two elective credits toward your degree

Sample of Course Topics

  • Taking Stock of Skills
  • Values Clarification
  • Personality and Interests
  • Making Decisions
  • Targeting Your Job Search
  • Preparing a Winning Resume
  • Interviewing Effectively
  • Networking

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 and goals.
  • 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