Win Course – Navigating Career options

*Navigating Career Options – General Studies 350D*

Curious how to link college to careers?  Do you need to choose a major?  Not sure what academic and career options are out there? Interested in finding ‘what is right for you’?  Wondering what you can do and how to think in a challenging economy?  Looking for support in figuring things out?  Look no further.

General Studies 350D, Navigating Career Options, is a 3 credit course and will be offered on the UW Seattle campus in Winter 2011. This course includes a lecture [max 100 students] and 5 sections [max 20 students per section].  Students register for the lecture [SLN: 13938] and one quiz section [see time schedule or below for SLN #’s].  No pre-requisites needed for this course.  This course is open to all undergraduate UW students.

Instructors who are team-teaching this course represent The Career Center, Undergraduate Advising, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, UW Learning Links, College of Engineering and College of Education.  Guest speakers from throughout our campus and city will interact with students in both the lecture and sections.  We will incorporate a variety of events and career programming into this course – a sneak peak is available via the Career Center online calendar:  Students and instructors will use the UW online Collect It drop box system for submitting and reviewing assignments, plus participate in activities throughout the course that addresses different learning styles.  Credit will be awarded based on class attendance, participation, completion of assignments and the final project.  There is no text book for this course.  Course materials will be provided, but most students will need to complete personality/interest assessments via the UW Counseling Center [$30 for both assessments].  EOP students should see their EOP adviser for taking personality/interest assessments.

Course Topics:

  • Career Options; Job Market
  • Academic Options & Choosing Majors; Making the Most of your Undergraduate Experience
  • Experiential Learning; Internships
  • Job and Internship Searching; Social Media & Professional Networking
  • Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing
  • Personality & Interests
  • Values; Finding Passion; Social Justice
  • Strengths

Assignments for this course involve written reflection pieces, informational interviews & write ups, career and academic research assignments, personality and interest assessments, career/academic event review write-ups, resume and cover letter development and a final project.

Lecture [D] – SLN: 13938 – Tuesdays, 3:30-4:50pm, MGH 389

Quiz Section [DA] – SLN: 13939 – Wednesdays, 10:30am-11:50am, MGH 271

Quiz Section [DB] – SLN: 13940 – Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50pm, MGH 284

Quiz Section [DC] – SLN: 13941 – Thursdays, 10:30am-11:50am, SAV 162

Quiz Section [DD] – SLN: 13942 – Thursdays, 1:30-2:50pm, MGH 284

Quiz Section [DE] – SLN: 13943 – Thursdays, 3:30-4:50pm, MGH 288


Questions – please contact Patrick Chidsey [The Career Center; 134 Mary Gates Hall]: 206.616.5803; chidsey [at]