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Personal Development and Career Explorations

Course Code: HUMD 0130
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Counselling
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Our personalities influence our career choices and our ability to find employment and work cooperatively with others. This 15-week course will help students develop awareness and understanding of themselves and their career choices. Topics will include self-esteem and interpersonal communication skills, personality and temperament factors, needs and values clarification, interest assessments, occupational research skills, goal setting, problem solving and decision-making. This basic introductory/exploratory course is designed for students with little recent educational experience. Instruction will be moderately paced and will occur in a supportive and interactive environment. It is recommended that students choose one of HUMD 1142, HUMD 1147 or HUMD 0130 because of overlapping content.

Course Content

a)       Interest, personality, values, skills, and aptitude assessment

b)       Self Management—time stress, anger and assertiveness

c)       Influences of significant life experiences and transitions

d)       Communications skills, needs and expectations, roles and self development

e)       Relationship management: with families, friendships, relationships and co-workers

f)        Decision making and goal setting

g)       Occupational research and planning

h)       The effects of labour market trends

i)         Employability skills and factors for success

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods may be used:

a)       lectures

b)       small group discussions

c)       group testing

d)       structured independent learning assignments

e)       video/audio materials

Means of Assessment

Due to the experiential nature of this course, regular attendance is necessary to maximize student learning.  The specific course assignments and their weighting will be determined by the instructor.

a)       completion of in class exercises

b)       submission of weekly journal reports describing the learning that has occurred as a result of the class activities, exercises, materials and/ or discussions.

c)       Submission of a life history narrative

d)       Submission of a career summary report

e)       Submission of detailed occupational research report integrating assessment results

f)        Submission of competed information interview assignment

g)       Submission of various written assignments analyzing and applying vocational or self assessment results and theory.

Learning Outcomes

a)       To increase awareness of personal needs, values, and beliefs relating to career and life choices.

b)       To acquire a strong applied understanding of the processes that influence personality, self-concept, self-esteem, attitudes and beliefs.

c)       To generate an individual vocational profile based on psychometric tests that assess interests, aptitudes, work values and personality variables.

d)       To acquire career development skills related to occupational exploration, research, decision-making.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.