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Development of a Career Planning Course with Labor Market Information at Rutgers University

The Heldrich Center is partnering with Rutgers University’s Career Services office and the School of Arts and Sciences to develop a unique one-credit course pilot to help undergraduate students better align their major choice, course selection, and other college activities with their career interests and labor market realities. The course will include in-person lectures and online components, including a variety of resources made available online and assignments that lead students through online research tools. To develop this course, which is being piloted for the first time in the spring 2012 semester, the partners reviewed approximately 20 curricula from peer institutions, which focused exclusively on career interest assessment and career development theory and activities, including résumé writing and interviewing tips. The newly developed curriculum provides an innovative approach by integrating information on the labor market as part of major selection to promote degree completion and future labor market success. The Heldrich Center will conduct a process evaluation of the pilot course and, if it appears to have merit, will seek funding for program expansion and a more robust, outcomes-based evaluation. If successful, the course can provide a national model that may be broadly adaptable and transferable to other institutions. The Center will conduct a process and near-term outcome evaluation of the course in 2012-2013. (Funded by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Topic: 
Education & Training
Funded By: 
Funded by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Status: 
Completed
Keywords: 
labor market information
college class
Rutgers
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