BEST 051 - Provincial Better Employment Strategies and Techniques

The goal of BEST (Provincial Better Employment Skills and Techniques) is to enhance the life and employment readiness skills of adult learners. Students will be prepared to pursue occupational and educational goals in a changing and diverse world. A work experience assignment of no less than 60 hours is mandatory for completion of the course.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 60; Formal Work Experience: 60)


Total Weeks: 20



"C" or higher in ENGL030 or ENGL 10 or equivalent or
Advanced Level Placement on the CCP English Assessment.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


Course Content:
There are eight skill area components. Of these, there are two mandatory component areas: (1) communication skills, and (2) education and career exploration skills. In addition to the mandatory course components, students must choose five out of six additional component options including: study skills, personal awareness skills, interpersonal skills, living skills, job search skills, work training experience, and career management skills. A work experience of no less than 60 hours is mandatory for completion of the course.


Learning Outcomes:

Communication Skills
Students will be able to:
- Identify and practice active listening skills in a variety of situations
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the range of effective speaking strategies
- Extract, assess and exchange information using visual and electronic media
- Recognize diverse cultural styles of communication
- Identify and interpret non-verbal communication
- Develop and apply effective writing processes in a variety of contexts
- Develop self-awareness of personal qualities, values, interests and abilities
- Apply critical thinking skills
Education and Career Exploration Skills
Students will be able to:
- Analyze current labour market and future trends
- Investigate and develop a personal network
- Undertake occupational and educational research
- Identify available funding supports
- Apply personal values, strength, skills and interests to optional career paths
- Recognize entrepreneurial options
- Investigate and utilize work-related community resources
- Familiarize themselves with student support services
- Use a fluid process of goal setting for education and career planning
Study Skills
Students will be able to:
- Recognize how personal learning style affects perception and processing information
- Develop strategies to effectively work in all learning styles
- Identify and practice active reading skills necessary to gather information
- Develop and apply effective note-taking strategies
- Identify strategies for effective time management
- Identify and use a variety of memory techniques and strategies
- Perform tasks in word processing
- Describe student responsibilities in a college environment
- Increase their understanding of the value of life long learning
- Develop and apply effective test taking strategies
Personal Awareness Skills
Students will be able to:
- Recognize that self-esteem is a life long process
- Recognize personal feelings and their influence
- Employ strategies to deal with anger
- Assess and manage stress
- Analyze and utilize time management strategies
- Explore and connect personal assumptions with behaviour
- Clarify personal values and their impact on choices
- Create awareness of the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional dimensions of self
Living Skills
Students will be able to:
- Design and implement a personal budget
- Formulate financial planning for the future
- Investigate nutrition and impact on personal health
- Assess personal wellness
- Investigate and utilize community resources
- Strengthen personal support system and advocacy options
- Examine the impact of lifestyles choices
- Explore techniques for being an effective consumer
Job Search Skills
Students will be able to:
- Identify and plan the major steps of the job search process
- Develop effective interview strategies
- Develop and maintain job search networks
- Create effective resume and cover letter
Work/Training Experience
Students will be able to:
- Gain exposure to a work or training situation
- Demonstrate appropriate work habits
- Gather information about vocational choices
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills with co workers and supervisors
- Identify work adjustment needs and strategies for success
- Explore and/or participate in required industry training certificates
Career Management
Students will be able to:
- Examine labour/union negotiation and human rights
- Review Labour Standards Act
- Investigate entrepreneurial options
- Develop strategies preparing for career transition
- Develop strategies and attitudes to maintain employment
- Identify workplace ethics


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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