Career Development Fall 2020
We started off today's session with a look at a list of business vocabulary words to prepare for next week's class. This will be a regular feature of our class, both finding definitions and examples in a business context and explaining their meaning and use to the class. Please have all of them defined with examples for next week's class. Assume you are going to need to explain them for everyone.
Then we continued from where we left off last week, talking in groups about our skills, assets and personality traits that might be useful as raw material for our résumés. For more ideas about job skill categories while you are brainstorming, check here.
For next week, in addition to researching your vocabulary words, please create a post on Canvas listing your Skill Inventory, including technical skills, major skills, and specific skills. You should also list personality traits that will help you in your career search. Please spend an hour or more brainstorming to come up with some really solid material that is useful for you and your professional life. Post your results in Canvas before 11:59 p.m. Friday and share some comments, ideas, or suggestions on a classmate's inventory before we meet next Monday.
After you've finished your vocabulary and skills inventory, please pre-read the course text through page 25 so you will be repared next week to use the information you've gathered to build a strong résumé.
See you in class!
Today's class began by going over the class basics for some late-arriving newcomers and then got a little bit clearer about our purpose in this class: to give students an opportunity to improve their business communication skills in English. This will help you find and build careers, whether those careers are based internationally or in your home country.
Then we moved to the course textbook, reading and going over a few more “getting started” questions on pages 4 and 5 of the text. Students were asked to think, write about, and discuss those questions for a few minutes, and then get to know each other in small groups while talking about the questions.
For next week, please continue to look through the course text I shared with you. It can be found under “files” on our Canvas web page. I’d like you to write thoughtful responses to the same questions we looked at in class on pages 4 and 5 by 11:59 p.m. this Friday. Please write a few paragraphs responding to the topics in each set of questions. You do not have to answer every question, but write a few paragraphs addressing the main ideas in each set. Post your responses to the Canvas discussion area under subject heading “Your Name/Foreword.” Then, please reply to at least two of your classmates’ responses before we meet for our next class.
Also, please continue in the text on your own, reading Chapters 1 and 2, including doing some brainstorming about your résumé on page 8. We will talk about our skills inventories on page 18 when we meet next time.
Please take time to go through the exercises even if you already have a résumé. Who knows? You might even decide to improve what you were already using.
See you in class,
We started our class today by going over some basic guidelines for Zoom Classroom etiquette. Then, after checking attendance, we moved on to talk about the class for a few minutes.
The instructor introduced himself briefly, explaining that while he is taking over this class for a colleague who recently left Korea, he is very qualified to facilitate the course, having worked in a wide range of career fields both in Korea and the USA.
Questions were posed to the class to write about and discuss: "What would an ideal Career Development Class look like? What topics would it cover? What language skills would be focused on? What activities would such a course include? Students wrote, discussed in small groups and then shared their ideas on the questions above.
While the instructor has a wide range of resources and ideas, his aim was to get some input from students at the beginning of this course. Several new ideas came up at this first session.
As we move toward our second meeting, you will be receiving an invitation to the class Canvas website. Please follow instructions to sign on and post a brief self-introduction, along with your career goals and dreams. Don't be too conservative or "realistic." There will be time for that later. What is your ideal career path? What would you do with your life if there were no limitations? Use your imagination and have some fun. If your post is a little bit scary, that's probably just about right.
The post should be at least a few paragraphs --- 200 to 300 words or more. For the discussion subject or title use "Your Name/Dream Job". Please complete your Dream Job post by Thursday night at 12 midnight. Then, please respond to two classmates’ posts. Make sure you have replied to two classmates before we meet again next Monday.
Also, please reply to someone who does not already have two replies, so everyone gets two responses. Your replies are not evaluations or feedback, they are simply something of an online conversation. What do you agree with? What are your ideas about what your classmate wrote? What’s interesting?
That's it for now. I am reviewing resources and will get you more information soon.
See you in class,
We will meet at our regular class time in this Zoom room online:
(3-4 class Meeting ID: 872 7894 3965);
(5-6 class Meeting ID: 861 5797 0895).
You will receive an email from me with the classroom password. Please do not share it with anyone outside our class.
You can access Zoom discussions with your computer, tablet, or phone, but something with a big screen and a webcam will work much better.
See you in class!