The SPP Careers Course: Job Search Basics and Beyond

The course is designed to support students in their job and internship searches. Over the course of the fall term, students:

  • Chart, analyze, and articulate their interests, strengths, and accomplishments;
  • Strengthen fundamental job search skills;
  • Develop personal job search roadmaps;
  • Compile individual portfolios and develop tailored narratives to build upon in the job search process.

The course is an opportunity to begin the professional development process in a supportive group setting and prepare to make the most of one-on-one career counseling sessions and other offerings provided by SPP's Office of Career Services. Course sessions and assignments are spaced throughout the fall term to encourage students to get in the habit of building time for professional development into their SPP schedules. Course assignments serve as the basis of a careers portfolio that will underpin student professional development while at SPP and in the future. The course is interactive and built around student input. The course culminates in a required career counseling session during which students discuss their careers portfolios one-on-one with the course instructor. (These sessions take place in winter term.)

Key Objectives

As key outcomes of the course, students will:

  • Identify their unique interests and skills and connect them to potential career paths;
  • Learn methods for researching potential employers;
  • Create effective resumes/CVs and begin developing a compelling narrative about their achievements, objectives, and motivation for use in cover letters, interviews, and other scenarios related to your professional development;
  • Examine their attitudes towards networking and come up with a strategy for developing strong, professionally-relevant relationships that matches their personal communication styles;
  • Plan their time at SPP so as to identify and make the most of opportunities that will help them work towards their desired career goals.