BEST 051 - Provincial Better Employment Strategies and Techniques

This provincial level course under the Education and Career Planning aims to prepare adult learners with life and employment readiness skills. Learners will be prepared to pursue individual occupational and/or educational goals within a changing and diverse world.


Hours: 160 (Lecture Hours: 12.5; Formal Work Experience: 60)


Total Weeks: 8





Non-Course Prerequisites:


Course Content:
There are four (4) main components of the B.E.S.T. course: Academics, Career Development, Personal Development and Innovative Work Search Strategies:
1. Academics:
- Assessment
- Identify upgrading options (if required)
- Workplace essential skills
- Math, English and Computer skills
- Learning style and study skills
- Accessing career college courses
2. Career Development:
- Career assessment
- Awareness of labour market and employment trends
- Research specific careers using reference materials
- Interview skills
3. Personal Development:
- Emotional intelligence competencies
- Values assessment
- Self-awareness, personal wellness and self-esteem
- Interpersonal communication
- Assertiveness
- Goal setting
- Problem solving
- Stress management
- Community resources
- Financial management
4. Innovative Work Search Strategies:
- Resume writing
- Exploring the entrepreneurial spirit
- Creative job searching - the hidden job market
- New labour market realities
- How to succeed in the New Millennium
- Action plans
- Portfolio organization
- Exploration of work experience and/or community volunteer work
- Completion of 60hrs of work experience and/or community volunteer work
- Receive and discussion of feedback and evaluation from employers 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course learners will be able to:
- Apply positive attitude towards work and return to learning
- Assess own career interests by use of assessments tools
- Apply change management techniques to the development of educational and career planning
- Identify own communication style and demonstrate/practice effective listening and feedback skills
- Define key concepts of self-esteem and how these concepts apply to themselves
- Identify relevant college and community resources, and how to access them
- Identify key informational interviewing skills and complete a minimum of three (3) informal interviews
- Write the college Math and English placements tests
- Perform set tasks using computer skills
- Establish self-determined, realistic personal/educational/career goals, and complete an Action Plan


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 50


Percentage of Group Work: 50


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.