Introduction to Counseling 116

Counseling 116: Career/Life Planning and Personal Exploration is designed to cover theories and concepts of values, interests, skills and personality as applied to the career/life planning process and its application to labor market trends. Short/long term career/life plans will be developed. Students will develop an awareness of diversity and its relationship to psychological, sociological and physiological forces within the workplace.

This course will take you through the exploration process in three themes:

Theme 1: Identifying Your Career Profile – this first phase will guide you through a self-assessment of your values, interests, personality, skills and lifestyle to examine your fit within different career options. (Chapters 1-4)

Theme 2: Exploring Career Options – this second phase will show you ways to research career information labor market trends. (Chapter 5)

Theme 3: Creating Your Game Plan – this final phase will help you make decisions and plan for action steps toward your future career.  (Chapter 6-10)

Course Objectives:

These are topics we will explore, discuss, and review throughout the course of the semester.

1. Career Development: Analyze theory and concepts of career and life planning

2. Personal Exploration: Acquire the concept of interest, personality, skills, and values, as they relate to human growth and life stage development.

3. Career Exploration: Develop a personal profile and relate it to labor market trends and resources.

4. Career Information: Analyze and clarify intrinsic and extrinsic goals as they relate to personal career evaluations. Select a career option or options. Develop a life plan to achieve individual goals.

5. Career Action: Employ a decision making process to implement or review a career/life plan, including an educational plan.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Articulate their interests, values, and feelings related to their career and educational goals.

2. Assess goals and objectives by analyzing skills and values.

3. Research career paths using interest and personality inventories and computer databases.

4. Create an educational plan to achieve an Associate Degree and/or transfer goal.

5. Employ a decision-making process in creating life direction including the ability to develop short and long-term goals.

6. Design a comprehensive career project involving personal reflection and career research.


To lead into Theme I, watch the following video as an introduction to your self-reflection and finding career happiness.

Listen to her discussion of the following three questions:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What do people tell me I'm good at?
  3. What's holding me back?

Three Questions to unlock your authentic career: Ashley Stahl at TEDxBerkeley


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