2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
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PSYC 192 Career Development: Theory and Application (3 credits)

Course Description
Rooted in Psychological Career Development theories, students will study and apply theoretical approaches of self and career exploration. Additional application will include cognitive processes, adjustment theory and developmental factors that enable and affirm a decision making process necessary to research, discern and identify career and/or vocational paths that are consistent with results. Career Development theories will include: Personality, Trait-Factor, Developmental and Social-Family of Origin. Class includes administration and professional interpretation of APA endorsed personality, values and interest assessments.

Course Content
A. Exposure to Career Development Theories: (Developmental, Personality, Trait-Factor, Sociological/Family of Origin, and Decision Making Theories) standard in Psychology.
B. Introduction to aspects of Developmental Theory
C. Introduction to aspects of Personality/Trait-factor Theory
D. Introduction to aspects of Psycho-Social and Family of Origin Theory
E. Introduction to Decision Making paradigm to support application of theories to personal and professional goals.
F. Support the competent application of Career Development paradigms to individual findings as revealed by class assignments, formal tools and self-reflection process.
G. Administration and interpretation of formal Career Development tools and measures
H. Individual and group dynamics
I. Experiential Learning and/or Low Ropes elements

Student Outcomes
1. Identify, describe and accurately apply Career Developmental Theories.

2. Accurately apply 5 career development theories to their life situation and career planning process.

3. Assess specific personality characteristics, interests, aptitudes, values, and decision-making traits using formal assessment tools.

4. Inventory, identify, and prioritize transferable skills and areas of expertise as determined by personality, developmental and trait-factor theories.

5. Create a career path that clearly identifies potential careers or positions of interest

6. Research and identify educational requirements, specific professional licensing, registrations, etc. needed for various careers or positions of interest.

7. Conduct a minimum of three informational interviews with professionals in their career pathway of interest.

Degree Outcomes
Responsibility: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 30
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 30

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