Course title
Career Design: Developing yourself for your future career

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Course description
This course is conducted completely in English.
It is recommended for 3rd year students who have completed lab rotations or other collaborative laboratory research as well as individual research, not just introductory

This is a course in personal career design development.
We will start from professional assessment of each student's character, then discuss necessary skills, preferred work styles and environments, and clarify career goals.
From this individual foundation, we will move to learning strategies for developing skills, resilience, leadership and adaptability to collaborate in international teams.

This course does not provide a “manual” of techniques for job-hunting, but strategies for how to consider and continue personal professional development and lifelong learning. We hope this course will help equip students for not only achieving their immediate research and work goals, but also for their long-range career success.
Purpose of class
This course is designed to assist you in:
self-assessment of their individual character, communication, and best working habits and how they relate to teamwork;
developing their transferable skills;
learning to adapt to and grow in various working conditions, to stimulate their sense of responsibility as a leader, to clarify their future vision, to define their next steps after university, and to design their own flexible yet definite career paths.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. You will be able to understand your core character, communication and working style through professional assessment and individual inventory of satisfaction and accomplishment.
2. You will be able to define and select strategies for working with a variety of types of personalities and working situations, leveraging your strengths to improve your weaknesses.
3. You will explore career possibilities that align with your future goals, personal best practice for successful accomplishments, and preferred work environment, and will be able to identify essential transferable skills needed for your careers and how to develop them.
4. You will be able to comprehend and begin to practice self-management and on-going personal and professional growth which include creating strategies for overcoming failure, developing resilience, and learning how to become a better leader.
5. You will practice job hunting skills including narrowing your job search, writing resumes and practicing interviews.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Intro. to the Course
Key factors in careers
Individual character, transferable skills, learning styles, habits & discipline, communication, workplace expectations, teamwork, types of colleagues & work environments, opportunities for growth
Assessment exercises 90分
2. Self-assessment pt. 1
Big-5 character theories
Types or tendencies?
Concept of Work Culture
Assessment Exercises 90分
Homework reading 60分
3. Self-assessment pt. 2
Knowing one's own default mode, tendencies, strengths & weaknesses
How you may be misunderstood by others
Assessment feedback review 120分
Presentation prep 120分
4. Self-assessment pt. 3
Stories of satisfaction, accomplishment, gaining skills
Writing stories of accomplishment 120分
Presentation prep 120分
5. Facing difficulties: negative feedback, reactions, triggers, failures.
Spotlight on what you can control: your words & actions.
Teamwork simulation.
Exercises on changing words & actions 60分
Reading 60分
Presentation prep 120分
6. Student Presentations
Bootcamp: Discipline, Responsibility, "Ownership"
Reading 60分
Presentation prep 120分
7. Student presentations
Developing transferable skills
Changes in work situations, jobs, careers
Reading 60分
Transferable skills exercises 60分
Presentation prep 60分
8. Ideal work environments
Practical Workplace Communication: Reporting, Meetings
1st Level of Leadership: Position
Leadership exercises & readings 60分
Workplace environment exercises 90分
9. Leadership as Conversation
Practical Workplace Communication: Leading
2nd Level of Leadership: Relationship
Reading & exercises 90分
Career search prep 120分
10. Building resilience
Practical Workplace Communication: Collaboration
3rd Level of Leadership: Comrades in Production
Reading & exercises 60分
Career search prep 130分
11. Training new members
Practical Business Communication: Writing, pt. 1
(information, requests)
4th Level of Leadership: Raising New Leaders
Reading & exercises 60分
Business writing 45分
Interview prep 120分
12. Practical Business Communication: Writing, pt. 2
(positive & alternative responses, problems, apologies)
Top Level Leadership
Reading & exercises 60分
Business writing 45分
Interview prep 180分
13. Practical Business Communication: Interviewing
Presenting your skills
Ready for Opportunity
Interview prep 180分
14. Practical Business Communication: Interviewing
Individual Interviews
Feedback & discussion
Feedback response 90分
15. 0分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Online assessment Weekly exercises & discussion Presentations Career search skills prep Mock interview Total.
1. 5% 5% 10%
2. 10% 15% 25%
3. 10% 15% 5% 30%
4. 5% 5%
5. 10% 5% 15% 30%
Total. 5% 40% 30% 10% 15% -
Evaluation method and criteria
5% Online assessment (required as first step in the course)
40% Weekly exercises & discussion
30% Presentation
10% Career search skills preparation
15% Mock job interview
Textbooks and reference materials
Facet5 Online Core Personality & Workplace Communication Assessment
Whitcomb, C. & L. Whitcomb (2013) Effective Interpersonal and Team Communication Skills for Engineers (IEEE/ Wiley);
Sinek, S. (2017) Find Your Why: A Practical guide for discovering purpose for you & your team. Portfolio;
Maxwell, J. (2011) How Successful People Think Workbook, Center Street;
What Color is Your Parachute 2020 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-changers. (2020) Bolles, N. Ten Speed Press;
Shell, E.R. (2018) The Job: Work & its future in a time of radical change, Currency Books;
Sinek, S. (2014) Leaders Eat Last, Portfolio.
Various articles and online resources
Limited to second year students and above
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • To be announced jp
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates a basic self-management skills
  • Course that cultivates a basic interpersonal skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Applicable Professor is a licensed practitioner of Facet5 character assessment and a career coach
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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