EDCP 050 - Provincial Career and Personal Planning

This course prepares adult learners with life and employment readiness skills that assist them to pursue individual occupational and/or educational goals within a changing and diverse world. (This course satisfies one elective requirement toward the BC Adult Graduation Diploma.)


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 90; Practicum Hours: 30)


Total Weeks:  20


“C” or higher in EDCP040 or ENGL040 or ENGL11 or equivalent or Provincial Level Placement on the CCP English Assessment.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


Course Content:
EDCP Core skills units are mandatory while five of the other seven units may be chosen from. While suggestions for specific topics are provided for each major skill area, it is recognized that the exact content of courses may vary.
Core Skills:
1) Communication Skills
- Active Listening
- Effective Speaking
- Information from Visual and Electronic Media
- Cross-cultural Communication Styles
- Non-verbal Communication Cues
- Effective Writing in a Variety of Contexts
- Self Awareness
- Critical Thinking Skills
2) Career Exploration:
- Current and Future Market Trends
- Occupational and Educational Research
- Funding Supports
- Entrepreneurial Options
- Aptitude Testing
- Work-related Community Resources
- Student Support Services
- Short- and Long-Term Goals
Elective Skills (Chose five of seven )
3) Study Skills
- Learning Styles
- Reading Skills
- Note Taking
- Test Taking
- Time Management
- Memory and Retention
- Computer Use
- College-Environment Responsibilities
- Value of Life-long Learning
4) Interpersonal Skills
- Group Process
- Problem Solving
- Conflict Resolution
- Assertiveness
- Assumptions based on Bias, Gender, Age, etc.
- Relationships and Interactions
- Positive Relationships and Effective Communication
- Relationships and Canadian Cultures
5) Personal Awareness
- Self-esteem Awareness
- Strategies for Anger, Stress Management
- Values and Impact
- Personal Choice and Assumptions
- Time Management Strategies
- Awareness of Self
6) Living Skills
- Budgeting and Financial Planning
- Nutrition and Personal Health
- Personal Wellness
- Support and Advocacy
- Community Resources
- Lifestyle Choices
- Effective Consumer
7) Job Search
- Job Search Process
- Effective resume writing and cover letters
- Interview Strategies
- Resume and Cover Letter
- Job Search Network
8) Work/Training Experience
- Gain Exposure to Training
- Work Habits
- Vocational Choices
- Interpersonal Skills on Job
- Strategies for Success
- Industry Training Certificates
9) Career Management
- Labour/Union and Human Rights
- Labour Standards Act
- Entrepreneurial Options
- Career Transition
- Maintain Employment
- Workplace Ethics


Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to:
1) Communication Skills
- Identify and practice active listening skills in a variety of situations
- Demonstrate knowledge of the range of effective speaking strategies
- Extract, assess, and exchange information using visual and electronic media
- Recognize diverse cultures 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, interest, and abilities
- Apply critical thinking skills
2) Career Exploration:
- 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, strengths, 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
Additional Skills (Chose five of seven)
3) Study Skills
- 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 test-taking strategies
- 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
4) Interpersonal Skills
- Examine group process and practice the skills necessary for successful group experiences
- Review problem solving models and develop group decision-making strategies
- Research and use the various methods of conflict resolution and demonstrate their use
- Clarify the definition of assertiveness and implement successful techniques
- Analyze the reasons for bias and develop the ability to recognize it in everyday situations
- Identify issues around all forms of prejudice and practice nondiscriminatory interpersonal skills
- Investigate the various types of relationships and interaction they have with others
- Identify methods of developing positive relationships, including effective communication techniques
- Examine the diversity of relationships and cultures in Canadian society
5) Personal Awareness
- 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
6) Living Skills
- Design and implement a personal budget
- Formulate financial planning for the future
- Investigate nutrition and impact on personal health
- Assess personal wellness
- Strengthen personal support system and advocacy options
- Examine the impact of lifestyle choices
- Explore techniques for being an effective consumer
- Effective Consumer
7) Job Search
- 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
8) Work/Training Experience
- Gain exposure to a work or training situation
- Demonstrate appropriate work habits
- Gather information about vocational choices
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills with coworkers and supervisors
- Identify work adjustment needs and strategies for success
- Explore and/or participate in required industry training certificates
9) Career Management
- 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
Also refer to the Guidelines for Provincial Education and Career Planning in the Articulation Handbook at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/search/abe


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.