Course Integration

Want to help your students get hired for an internship, career job or accepted to graduate school?

Let us help you integrating basic career skills into your course curriculum.

For ongoing career success here are 5 basic skills that will propel a student to career advancement and success. Here is a table of skills and suggestions for their in-class or teacher's assistant application:

Develop Career Skills in the Classroom

Category Skills Integration Ideas
Career Search Preparation Career assessment, resume, cover letter, "Me in 30 Seconds" and interview skills are necessary pre-career search skills taught by Career Services. Assign students to complete one or more of these skills one-on-one at the Career Center or by attending weekly Career Center Workshops.  Use in-class communication skill development techniques (i.e., presentations, oral quizzes, group discussions, student-to-student dialogue, etc.)
Bedrock Basic Career Skills* Reading, writing (comprehension), analytical (math, reading simple charts and forms), basic keyboarding, basic computer knowledge and other modern tools: fax, copy machine, basic work processing.  
Team and Interpersonal Skills How well does the applicant speak? Do they answer questions in a positive manner? Do they get to the point? Can they demonstrate good customer service skills? Although not everyone needs to be outgoing can the applicant communicate well with coworkers, other team members, management and customers? Require professional formatting for assignments, papers, emails
Ongoing Job Search Achievement A successful job search is a process that requires a high level of dedication. Employers are seeking employees who are positive and show enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry and companies they approach.  
Job Performance Employers are constantly adding and subtracting employees and operations depending upon the marketplace. Beyond the numbers, it all comes down to performance. By demonstrating your worth, taken the initiative and otherwise developed into a valuable employee you have less chance of being downsized than those will average performance. This superior performance will also lead to other successes as you move up the career ladder.  
Career and Job Development This is a planning skill. Setting career goals both short and long term and reaching them will be of great assistance in climbing your career ladder. A key ingredient to career development is learning new skills, updating established skills and applying new concepts. People who demonstrate this trait are keeping themselves marketable as employers are always looking for people who have the up to date training and skills to handle new challenges.

This is a planning skill. Setting career goals both short and long term and reaching them will be of great assistance in climbing your career ladder. A key ingredient to career development is learning new skills, updating established skills and applying new concepts.

For more information or help integrating these or other ideas into your classroom, contact the Career Services Program Manager for your college at Faculty and Staff.

*Table inspired by content from John Groth, a career coach, and his website Career Development Ideas.