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University of Pennsylvania

English for Career Development

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Welcome to English for Career Development, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select "Full Course. No certificate." This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. In this course, you will learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States, while comparing and contrasting the same process in your home country. This course will also give you the opportunity to explore your global career path, while building your vocabulary and improving your language skills to achieve your professional goals. The first unit in this course will introduce the U.S. job application process and provide strategies for identifying the jobs that match your interests and skills. Unit 2 will take you through the steps necessary to produce a professional-looking resume. In unit 3, you will work to develop a clear and concise cover letter. The final unit of the course focuses on networking and interview skills. Anyone may take this course for free. If you want to get a Coursera Verified Certificate for free, please fill out the Financial Aid form. Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license. Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that's just right for each English language learner.


  • Unit 1: Entering the Job Market
    • In this unit you will learn about the steps in the job search process.
  • Unit 2: Resumes
    • In this unit, you will learn how to describe yourself and your experiences in a résumé. The unit will also help you build your job-related vocabulary.
  • Unit 3: Writing a Cover Letter
    • This unit focuses on another important document for job-seekers: the cover letter. You will learn how to write a clear cover letter that tells employers why you are the right person for the job.
  • Unit 4: Networking
    • This unit will teach job-seekers language for meeting new people, making small talk, and describing
  • Unit 5: Interviewing For a Job
    • This unit is about the question-and-answer process of job interviews, and will help prepare learners to present themselves well in interviews.

Taught by

Brian McManus


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  • importante para poder desarrollar el camino profesional y es un proceso tiene que continuar con otros cursos y formación para que sea cada vez más actualizado
    All the courses are interesting and helpful for the learners because the learners can study at their own time at home without going to any classes or college. It is very convenient for the employess and workers.
  • Anonymous
    English is very important communication across the world it's the key of undestanding among the people with different language, ethnicity, colour and culture in the world. People in the world they share important I formation using by English language it's not only for communication also it's all books is written in English language that's why I am always interesting to learn it.
  • Ali Jassim Mohamed
    I am so happy to participate in this programme because it appeal to my professional job, and via this experience I would like to increase my ability in English language as a translator, in addition to the advantage to my job, I am so grateful for those people who stand in this programme. A lot of thanks very much
  • Tahreem Shaukat
    I completed this course before time. It was good and best part is that you have to submit assignments, so due to this, I updated my CV, made a cover letter.
    there should be some assignment related to job interview practice, many of us lacks in this regard due to lack of confidence and interview experience.
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    MIZERO Jean De LEspoire
    I apreciated to participate in this Mooc, it changed a lot of my ideas about many aspects about learning human great career potentials, and added new and important english development and job hunt techniques.

    Big Thanks for the teams' great efforts
  • Nurhayat
    I am a mechanical engineer. Iam Turkish. I am working in Kuveyt. I want to speak fluently English especially technixal englis and general speaking. I am 45 years old. I have a son .
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    Jaffan Dayoub
    Strongly advised .
    It clanged a lot my ideas about a lot of aspects about learning careers human great potentials, and added somethings new and important .
    Thanks a lot for the the great efforts
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    Yara Mendes
    I am Brazilian and I study to be a flight attendant, and my English is still not the best I found this program very interesting, and I am honored to be taking the course I am loving it and I know it will help me a lot in my aviation career
  • Saad Loqman Ahmad
    I don’t know about this course because first time I see this course I want share with you and see your course it is useful or useless now I can’t judge on your course
  • Orasa
    I'm not good at English but I have effort to study, you will not beam it. And hope that I will be happy to study
  • Letícia Correia De Sousa
    muito bom, vou começar o curso agora e já gostei da didática , o inglês é excelente para abrir portas no mercado de trabalho se torna essencial para quem deseja aprender para o mercado de trabalho fora do brasil, então este projeto possibilita você aprender de forma fácil facilitando sua vida, parabéns aos envolvido nesse projeto.
  • Anonymous
    Tenho certeza que este curso trará um amplo conhecimento. Vai enriquecer meu currículoe abrir portas para mercado de trabalho. Está é uma oportunidade única de estar fazendo este curso grátis pela universidade da Pensilvânia dos U.S.E
  • Anonymous
    Hello sir how are youmy name nisar Ahmad iwork sudia Arabia my company name mofarh marzooq alharbi I like English language but I speak little English that my prablum I need
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  • Rabiul Islam
    Growing your business by growing your knowledge, this courses will help me to accelerate my knowledge in next height.
    Thank you so much.
  • I want to learn this course to develop my personality and get to know other people,s culturess , and learn to speak english with others .
  • Dayana Isabel Vargas Rayo
    I hope to get much more knowledge, i will make the most of this course to fill me with knowledge. Thanks for this opportunity
  • Renato Batista Cunha
    Good afternoon. My name is Renato and I am from Brazil

    I would like to know how can I subscribe to make this course.
  • Hi I'm Edson I want to do this course for my career development, I'm glad to have this opportunity thanks.

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