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Career Explorations

Course Code: HUMD 1142
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Counselling
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 7
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This seven-week course assists individuals to make informed career choices. Assessments of personal values, needs, skills, interests and abilities are considered; information resources concerning occupations, educational programs, training requirements and future trends are presented. Class discussions, outside readings and research, encourage students to consider the occupations and training opportunities available to them. It is recommended that students choose one of HUMD 1142, HUMD 1147 or HUMD 0130 because of overlapping content.

Course Content

a)       Assessment of personal needs, values, skills, interests, personality style and abilities

b)       Career Research ie.:  print materials, Internet, community resources and informational interviews.

c)       Employment and societal trends will be examined.  Major societal changes and trends that affect employment opportunities will be discussed.

d)       Information about college, university, technical institutes, vocational schools, apprenticeship programs and public or private industry will be researched.

e)       Students will learn decision making strategies that will help them make informed career choices.

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

       a)  Lectures and Class discussions

       b)  Small group discussions

       c)  Standardized and non standardized vocational assessment inventories

       d)  Demonstration of career research skills

       e)  Presentation of audio-visual materials

Means of Assessment

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

a)  Completion of standardized and non-standardized vocational assessment inventories

b)  Completion of in class exercises

c)  Preparation of a personal summary paper

d)  Participation in an informational interview

e)  Participation in an occupational research project

f)  Submission of a weekly journal in which the student records his or her reactions, experiences, and

     learning as related to the course

g)  In class quizzes

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

a)       Develop a clear understanding of their needs, values, skills, interests, personality style and abilities.

b)       Relate their personal qualities to appropriate career options.

c)       Research potential career options using print resources, Internet and informational interviewing.

d)       Develop increased awareness of the labour market

e)       Develop a viable career plan

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.