BEST 041 - Advanced Better Employment Strategies and Techniques

This advanced 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:
- Assess education and learning potential
- Identify upgrading options (if required)
- Math and English skills
- Computer skills
- Learning styles
- Study skills
2. Career Development:
- Vocational assessment
- Search occupations
- Labour market and employment trends
- Interview skills
3. Personal Development:
- Emotional intelligence competencies
- Overcoming barriers to success
- Improving self-esteem
- Interpersonal skills
- Assertiveness skills
- Goal setting
- Problem solving
- Stress management
- Use of community resources
4. Innovative Work Search Strategies:
- Resume writing
- Exploring the entrepreneurial spirit
- creative job searching - the hidden job market
- New labour market realities
- 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 this course learners will be able to:

- Develop 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 and access college and community resources
- Develop interview skills and complete a minimum of three (3) informal interviews
- Apply work place essential skills
- 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.