Exploring Careers in Business and Beyond

Practical Tools for Finding Your Career Path

This course combines career development activities with site visits in order to allow students to explore the connections between their passion and the workplace. These connections will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on how they might find these intersections between their passion and the workplace in their own lives. Site visits are specifically focused on companies with roots in the liberal arts and/or the natural sciences, such as: symphony, theatre, church, publishing, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. Career development activities will focus on communication skills, teamwork, personal branding, resumes, interviewing, and networking. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, students will have developed:

  • An appreciation for the diversity of jobs within organizations and the diversity of career paths that can be pursued with a given major
  • A vision and plan for their career exploration process as an undergraduate student
  • A network that may be available to assist individual students in their career explorations
  • A set of business cards to meet their networking needs
  • A mock interview for a “real” position they might seek
  • An understanding of their individual abilities and career skills and how these relate to different career paths
  • An understanding of how to conduct a successful job search and how to create an effective job search network
  • Professional writing skills in the area of job search correspondence (e.g. resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, etc.)
  • The ability to effectively research companies, industries, and career fields
Topics Sub-Topics
Organizations site visits Observe the structure and operation of organizations across a variety of domains
Learn from employees about organizational vision, goals, culture
Integrate content from Fundamentals of Business course with organizational site visits
Exploration Complete online self-assessment and review the results; write a reflection piece about your identified fields and your presumed interests.
Attend sessions on career exploration.
Write a plan for matching your abilities and interests with possible career paths.
Research organizations and industries that incorporate your possible career paths
Professional writing Create a resume, cover letter and thank you letter; have them reviewed; revise the documents.
Develop a personal elevator speech.  
Manage your social media presence. 
Practice interview Understand the different types of interviews, including behavioral interviews.  Conduct practice interviews and receive feedback; Prepare questions for mock job/internship interviews and informational interviews.  
Write a reflection piece about means to enhance your interviewing skills.
LinkedIn Develop your Linked In profile; connect for two informational interviews.
Networking Learn how to build your network;
Attend at least two networking events
Actively cultivate network during organizational site visits; reflection piece on network cultivation activities.  
Develop your personal network to include at least 30 contacts.  
How and who to ask for references and recommendations
Business Cards Develop business cards for your current stage of career development