Is your student looking for an interesting elective that prepares them for their career? They should consider a career course in fall 2014! Taught by a team of career professionals and business executives, the courses provide information for students to navigate the job search and gain satisfying, professional employment.
Every fall and spring semester Mason students can select from multiple sections of each career course offered by University Career Services in collaboration with the Transition Resource Center. The four courses currently available to students include:
- UNIV 200: Decide/Confirm Major is a two-credit course for students who have completed at least one semester of coursework. The course focuses on the self-exploration and research of academic majors and career options to help students with the decision-making process. The academic emphasis is on self-assessment exercises, inventories, and discussions that focus on personal attributes and academic major/career possibilities.
- UNIV 300: Internship/Career Readiness is a one-credit course which prepares students, sophomores or higher, to increase their marketability to employers through the pursuit of internships. The focus of this course is on the development of career-related documents (i.e. resume and cover letter), and strategies to identify experiential learning opportunities that align with student’s personal interests, values, and skills.
- UNIV 400: College to Career is a one-credit course which prepares juniors and seniors to develop knowledge and skills to effectively transition into the world of work, target their job search, and enhance their ability to be hired. The course highlights resume/portfolio development, presentation skills, networking and interviewing strategies, real-world expectations and professional etiquette.
- UNIV 400: College to Graduate School is a one-credit course for juniors and seniors which focuses on student readiness for the transition to graduate or professional school. The academic emphasis of this course is on the development of strong application materials, effective testing and interviewing strategies, research and evaluation of graduate programs, and financial planning options.
If your student is interested in enrolling in any of the above courses, encourage them to visit careers.gmu.edu/students/courses for more information.
Elena Chiru, M.Ed.
Career Education Manager
University Career Services