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EDCP 030 - Education and Career Planning
The goal of Education and Career Planning is to prepare adult learners with life and employment readiness skills. Students will be prepared to pursue individual occupational and/or educational goals within a changing and diverse world.

Hours: 120

Total Weeks:  20

Pre-Requisites:  Grade 8 or ENGL 020 Fundamental English OR permission of instructor

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites:  None


Course Content:
  • Education and Career Planning involves the development of a broad range of foundation skills.These skills are appropriate for Fundamental, Intermediate, Advanced and Provincial levels.
  • Of the nine skill  areas listed, 1 and 2 are mandatory, with five of the remaining seven skill areas chosen for the program options.
  • All outcomes listed in the two mandatory skills areas must be met. While suggestions for specific topics are provided  for each major skill area, it is recognized that the exact content of courses may vary.

Mandatory Skills

Communication Skills - Mandatory
  • Active listening skills
  • Effective speaking strategies
  • Visual and electronic media
  • Cultural styles of communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Writing processes in a variety of contexts
  • Personal qualities, values, interests and abilities
  • Critical thinking skills
Education and Career Exploration Skills - Mandatory
  • Labour market and future trends
  • Personal networks
  • Occupational and educational research
  • Funding supports
  • Optional career paths and entrepreneurial options
  • Work-related community resources
  • Student support services
  • Short and long term educational and career goals
Optional Skills (complete 5 of 7)
Study Skills
  • Personal learning style
  • Active reading skills to gather information
  • Note-taking strategies
  • Time management
  • Memory techniques and strategies
  • Word processing
  • Student responsibilities in a college environment
  • Value of life long learning
  • Effective test taking strategies
Personal Awareness Skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Personal feelings and their influence
  • Strategies to deal with anger
  • Stress
  • Personal assumptions
  • Personal values and their impact on choices
  • Spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional dimensions of self
Interpersonal Skills
  • Successful group experiences
  • Group decision making strategies
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assertiveness techniques
  • Reasons for bias
  • Prejudice and practice non-discriminatory interpersonal skills
  • Relationships and cultures in Canadian society
Living Skills
  • Personal budget and financial planning
  • Nutrition
  • Personal wellness
  • Community resources
  • Personal support systems and advocacy options
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Effective consumerism
Job Search
  • The job search process
  • Effective interview strategies
  • Job search networks
  • Resume and cover letter
Work/Training Experience
  • Exposure to work or training situations
  • Effective work habits
  • Vocational choices
  • Interpersonal skills with co-workers and supervisors
  • Strategies for success on the job
  • Industry training certificates
Career Management
  • Labour/union negotiation and human rights
  • Labour Standards Act
  • Entrepreneurial options
  • Career transition
  • Rights and responsibilities for employees and employers
  • Strategies and attitudes to maintain employment
  • Workplace ethics
Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the range of effective listening and speaking strategies
  • List self-awareness of personal qualities, values, interests and abilities
  • Explore student support services
  • Investigate and develop a personal network and research available funding supports
  • Develop awareness of personal values, aptitudes and interests
  • Set short and long term educational and career goals
  • Develop an understanding of personal learning style, effective time management
  • Identify a variety of memory techniques and strategies
  • Demonstrate the value of life long learning
  • Recognize that self-esteem is a life long process
  • Recognize strategies to deal with anger
  • Investigate causes of and ways to manage stress
  • Explore personal assumptions and values and their impact on choices
  • Describe assertive behaviour and demonstrate successful techniques
  • Explore bias issues around prejudice
  • Recognize the need for and practice using a personal budget
  • Investigate nutrition and personal wellness and the impact of lifestyles choices
  • Investigate and utilize community resources
  • Strengthen personal support system and advocacy options
  • Develop effective interview and job search strategies and networking
  • Develop effective resume and cover letter writing strategies
  • Explore required industry training certificates
  • Identify entrepreneurial options
  • Explore rights and responsibilities for employees and employers
  • Develop strategies and attitudes to maintain employment
  • Develop a personal portfolio
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Nature of Participation:
  • Varies depending on elective units chosen but may include participation in class discussion and presentation of portfolio
Writing Assignments:
  • Varies depending on elective units, but may include Personal Goal Plan, Personal Wellness Plan,
  • Portfolio:containing career options, resume, cover letter
Percentage of Individual Work:  50

Percentage of Group Work:  50

Additional Comments: Number of Assignments - 4-6 depending on elective units chosen
Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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