The Edge in Career Exploration

PROGRAM CONTACT:

Karin Asher, 412-383-4473, profile
Ryan Sweeny, 412-383-4473, profile

PREREQUISITES FOR PROGRAM ENROLLMENT/WHO SHOULD ENROLL?

This program is designed for undecided students who are exploring potential majors and/or potential career paths and who have not yet engaged the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance for help with their career path. Rising sophomores and rising juniors are the target student level. There are no specific course prerequisites.

COURSES AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS WITH FACULTY NAMES

Public Speaking Course: COMMRC 0520 (Public Speaking)
Description: This course is designed to develop rhetorical understanding and increased skill in public speaking. Students will learn to research, organize, compose, and deliver public speeches.
Faculty: Not yet assigned.

Career Exploration Workshop 3 credits will be earned by enrolling in ARTSC 1900
Description: This workshop will consist of career preparation as well as job shadowing and internship experience. The career preparation component includes career assessment, job search, résumé writing, networking, interviewing, workplace etiquette, and creation of a career portfolio. The job shadow component consists of three unique small group job shadowing experiences. The internship component consists of a four-week internship that includes 20 hours per week of on-site experience supervised by an employer, and each student will write a paper on their experience.
Faculty: Karin Asher, EdD and Ryan Sweeny, PhD

EXPLANATION OF EXPERIENTIAL/OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM COMPONENT

The experiential/outside the classroom component consists of job shadowing, internship, and career related programming. The job shadowing consists of three unique small group shadowing experiences that take place during the first two weeks of the six-week term. The internship consists of a four-week internship that includes 20 hours per week of internship experience. The career related programming consists of a Reflection Retreat and two networking programs. The Reflection Retreat focuses on finding purpose and direction in the career search. One networking experience is in Pittsburgh with alumni; the other networking experience takes place in one our target cities, Washington, D.C. and includes alumni who are working in that city.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Upon enrollment in the program, students will be contacted to provide information about their potential career interests. While specific employer sites cannot be guaranteed, staff from the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance will work with students to identify which job shadow and internship sites may provide the best experience for them. Some examples of previous job shadow and internship partners include: