With the main focus of the entire course being the process as an exercise in self reflexivity to follow a progression of exercises to develop:
a resume: lists credentials and covers details of the students education, work experience, and personal profile (likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, personal interests etc),
cover letter, for a real or hoped for career position, and to support resume and highlight important personal and career issues,
a portfolio that provides evidence of work done in support of the credentials articulated in resume,
an oral presentation, to demonstrate an ability to speak extemporaneously about communication major or a topic related to career path.
consider their college career as a comprehensive experience
designate courses in rank order according to their own personal experience
describe extra curricular activities and experiences during college that were significant to their long term goals.
explore why they have invested so much of themselves into completing a major in communication and earning a university degree.
expanding upon educational credentials to give a potential employer a clear indication of the value placed upon the college education by the applicant.
Strategies for what items should be included as work experience
Emphasize appropriate jobs rather than everything,
Look for general characteristics in work experience that relate to career goals
Include other activities such as volunteer work and internships
what is appropriate in a personal profile for different kinds of careers ?
likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, etc.,
involvement in professional organizations
volunteer service organizations, team sports,
awards and recognition etc.
The cover letter
written for a real job or a desired career position.
develop a logical career path.
Using a deductive and inductive model, broaden or narrow ideas for career choices based on t specific needs and goals.
assembled as evidence to support the resume.
Emphasis on the appropriateness of exemplars rather than volume of materials.
Creative choices from a variety of sources of experience.
demonstrate an ability to speak about knowledge and skills related to the communication degree and represented by the resume.
emphasis placed on presenting a topic that demonstrates expertise.
speak extemporaneously about their chosen specialty.
conclusion of the presentation should draw significant meaning from the body of the presentation. Rather than making any direct statement asserting knowledge or abilities, the presentation should demonstrate knowledge and ability.