Jun 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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OR 402 - Professional Guidance

1 lecture hours 0 lab hours 1 credits
Course Description
The objective of this course is to assist students in the transition from college life to professional life. The course provides students with techniques for and experiences in conducting a successful job search, preparing letters of application and resumes, and preparing for job interviews. It also examines the concepts of success, lifelong learning, and professional responsibilities. (prereq: sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Know the meaning of success and how they might achieve it
  • Articulate their job qualifications and personal strengths to a potential employer
  • Know how to network and conduct an effective job search
  • Write an effective letter of application and resume
  • Interview effectively
  • Know the importance of professional certification and how to apply for and prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Know how to analyze their need for graduate school, know what exams are required for entrance into various graduate programs, and know how to apply for graduate school
  • Know how to use the MSOE Career Services office
  • Understand the importance of continually setting goals in order to ensure their continued professional growth and success and know how to develop a career plan
  • Know what industry expects of them as responsible, ethical professionals
  • Understand the importance of life-long learning

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Self-assessment and the meaning of success (1 class)
  • Developing a successful job search and exploring the job market (1 class)
  • Placement Office procedures (1 class)
  • Letters of application and resumes (1 class)
  • Interviewing skills (1 class)
  • Alums share professional experiences and insights (1 class)
  • Professional licensing procedures and exams (1 class)
  • Graduate school (1 class)
  • Professional ethics and responsibilities (1 class)
  • Goal planning for continued success (1 class)

Jennifer Abing

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