How can we fulfill our potential when we are ambitious and ready? How do we adjust ourselves and conquer difficulties when faced with adversities? How do we be more methodical and organize our lives well? How do we avoid unnecessary problems and apply effective efforts when we begin our career?
This course focuses on eight career competencies – creativity, self-efficacy, emotion management, time management, effective communication, confident speech, job application etiquette and resume composition – that are essential for career development.
Through systematic studies, students are encouraged to transfer from a “campus person” to a “career person” and will learn how to accommodate to career life in advance, so as to confront challenges skillfully.
Week 1: Self-efficacy
In this section we will help students understand the sources and factors of self-efficacy, instruct students to master the tactics of improving self-efficacy, and encourage students to analyze and solve the problems they meet in daily study and life with these tactics.
Week 2: Emotion Management
Emotion management influences the students’ self-observation, interaction with others and self-improvement as well as the students’ future development in their career. In this section we will discuss the emergence and influence of emotion and pressure, and lead students to manage their emotion through tactics of adjustment, initiative and recognition.
Week 3: Time Management
In this section we will help students realize the importance of time management and make them face and improve their actual state of time management. We will instruct students to realize the importance of “first things first”, manage the fundamentals of schedule arrangement, analyze daily tasks with the matrix of priority, make efficient arrangements, and improve the efficiency of time application through various methods like conquering procrastination and averting disturbance.
Week 4: Effective Communication
Effective communication enables us to accomplish tasks more at ease, improve mutual understanding with colleagues and clients as well as establish intimacy between others and ourselves. Communication is a two-way process in which we are not only a sender of information and expresser but also a receiver of information and listener. Positive listening and effective expression constitutes the foundation of successful communication. In this section we will talk about listening, verbal and non-verbal expression, etc.
Week 5: Confident Speech
Speech ability plays a fundamental role in one’s life, studies and career development. In this section we will help students realize the importance of speech ability, learn about how to prepare for a speech and basic skills for topic choices, beginning and ending arrangements, etc.
Week 6: Creativity
Creativity enables us to observe opportunities, expand areas and improve skills in our career. In this section we will help students understand the significance of creativity and on this basis, analyze the factors that sets barriers for being creative, and also introduce methods and skills for improving creativity.
Week 7: Job Application Etiquette
Etiquette is the explicit representation of one’s intrinsic culture and quality; it is also the art and skill of communication. Good etiquette in job application may result in a higher probability of success in job application. In this section we will mainly introduce etiquette about appearance and conversation that deserves our attention in job application. These are also important in daily social activities in our career.
Week 8: Resume Composition
Resume is an important document that we use to show our capacities and professional accomplishments to our target enterprises or institutions and it serves as a stepping stone for further communication with them. In this section we mainly introduce the preparatory work for resume composition and common problems for writing a resume and solutions. We emphasize on the writing skill concerning internship and practical training in a resume.