Job Search Basics and Beyond for MPA students

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Course Description: 

Elective Course for Year 1 MPA Students. Two-term course.

The SPP Career Course is a non-credit course. It is open – and strongly recommended – to all 1st year MPA students. 

The course is designed to support students in their job and internship search. It is an opportunity to embark on the professional development process in a supportive group setting and prepare students to make the most of one-on-one career counseling sessions and other offerings provided by CEU Careers. Course sessions and assignments are spaced throughout the course to help students get in the habit of building time for professional development into their schedule. The course is interactive and built around student input. It finishes in winter term with a required career counseling session with the instructor.

Learning Outcomes: 

As key outcomes of the course, students will:

  • Identify their interests and skills and connect them to specific potential career paths;
  • Learn methods for researching potential employers;
  • Create an effective resume/CV and develop a compelling career narrative about their achievements, objectives, and motivation for use in cover letters, interviews, and other scenarios related to professional development;
  • Examine their attitudes towards networking and come up with a strategy for developing strong, professionally-relevant relationships that match own personal communication style;
  • Plan their time at SPP and CEU to identify and make the most of opportunities that will help towards desired career goals.
The course consists of 4 class sessions in fall term and 1 individual meeting in winter term. To complete the course, students should submit 5 assignments for their career portfolio. Instructions on how to prepare assignments will be given via Moodle, email or class. The assignments for the portfolio are the following:
  • Video
  • Achievement stories
  • Career reflection boxes
  • Employer research task
  • Resume/CV
  • Informational interview notes