Career Planning and Professional Development – INDS 200

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Designed to promote and strengthen early awareness of the career development process. While topics are personalized, competencies include assessing, identifying, and evaluating personal values and personality strengths for career application; conducting specific job research; and solidifying career plans using critical thinking and logic. Students will also develop a proficiency in networking and job search techniques, resume building, and effective interviewing skills for a relevant field of interest. This course also serves as a capstone requirement for the Interdisciplinary Studies AA degree program.




The student will be introduced to methods for organizing and creating a synthesis of his/her accomplishments, learning, and goals related to his/her undergraduate degree program at Liberty University. Throughout this process, the student should also discover a greater understanding of transferable skills and qualifications and how these relate to career opportunities and/or continued education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize academic content through a Christian perspective.
  2. Evaluate personal values and personality strengths for career application, discernment, and overall life decisions.
  3. Conduct specific job research and career planning using critical thinking and logic.
  4. Develop a proficiency in networking and job search techniques, résumé building, and effective interviewing skills for a relevant field of interest.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Video Discussion Board Forum (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Students will practice interviewing skills by recording 45-90 second video responses to a different interview question each week. In addition to the video post, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ videos. Each reply must consist of 100-200 words noting at least one praise and one critique of the two classmate’s videos they review.

Personality Traits Activity

The student will identify top personality traits using a provided template and explain how those traits are evidenced currently in his/her life in an assessment assignment.

Values Clarification Activity

The student will use a provided template to determine his/her highest work values and prioritize those values most important to his/her future plans, professional and personal.

Résumé Draft

The student will reflect on his/her experiences and skillsets to create a current résumé draft which can be used for future job applications. This assignment is a draft of the final resume to be submitted in week 8.


The student will build onto his/her professional online presence by establishing a profile on LinkedIn.

Networking Preparation

The student will submit a document providing the information of at least two people he/she hopes to job shadow to use for the networking reflection paper due week 7. He/she will also include a 1-paragraph summary of what he/she hopes to gain from the job shadowing experience.

Career Research Activity

The student will research a career of choice via 3 online articles and write a 2-page review of the articles, including an introduction and summary statement. The review should follow standard APA formatting.

Cover Letter Draft

The student will create a cover letter tailored to an employer of their choosing.

Networking Reflection

The student will submit an essays-style document of their job shadowing experience, responding to pre-assigned questions regarding the workplace environment.

Final Cover Letter

Applying the feedback given on the cover letter draft from week six, the student will submit a final cover letter that meets industry standards.

Final Résumé

Applying the feedback given on the resume draft from week three, the student will submit a final resume that meets industry standards.