Career Options: Exploring a New Career

This course is for you if you are interested in researching a new career and acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in it.  You will be asked to reflect on your experiences and critically evaluate what you currently know, what you need to acquire, and how to go about getting it. You will then identify groups and individuals that can serve and support you in exploring a new career. During this course, you will identify the elements of a well-structured career plan and evaluate career options by individual fit to determine how to effectively engage your network in your career journey.

You will design a tactical career plan and identify pitfalls in behavior, communication and appearance that can derail a new career. You will also develop a targeted cover letter and resume using a proven business format. Your experiential learning can also be a valuable asset, linking your personal experiences with your chosen career. We will help you define your career objective statement and align this with your strengths and goals.  Finally, you will be challenged to research and identify your personal values inventory, and evaluate how to best navigate the current job market by using an innovative approach called career rock-climbing.

This course is not eligible to be evaluated for Kennesaw State University course credit.

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  • All USG sponsored MOOCs, designed and delivered by KSU faculty, are available at no charge to KSU students, faculty and staff via their NetID.
  • Open Online Course: All participants have the option to audit this course at no charge. All elements of the course, except the graded assignments are available.

    Open Educational Resources: This course makes use of open educational resources, and we support the use of these resources and encourage their sharing.

    Course Certificate: Learners who are seeking formal recognition for successfully completing each of the levels of the Career Options: Exploring a New Career course may do so by purchasing the Coursera Course Certificate for $49. This provides access to the graded assignments, as well as a digital course certificate that can be shared with your network. Financial Aid is available for learners who cannot afford the fee. Learn more and apply from within the course.

    • Ana Baida

      Ana T. Baida, Ed.D.

      Executive Director

      Department of Career Planning and Development

    • Wes Rhea

      Wes Rhea, J.D.

      Senior Lecturer

      Information Systems

    • Dan Stotz

      Dan Stotz, M.S., CPI

      Director, Online Executive Education

      Michael J. Coles College of Business