Available at many colleges and universities, personal development courses are designed to prepare students for their college and career experience and are generally taken before or in addition to the bulk of their other degree-centered coursework. These courses are sometimes offered through the counseling or advising departments of schools.
Here are some common concepts taught in personal development courses:
- Job markets
- Personal strengths and weaknesses
- Procrastination/efficient scheduling
- Weighing outcomes and opportunities
- Balance and growth
List of Common Courses
Career Planning Course
This course enables students to understand valuable decision-making tools which aid long-term life and career planning. Emphasis is placed on recognizing skills, ideals and interests as well as navigating job markets and utilizing job search methods. Students are encouraged to develop multi-faceted and alternate career plans in order to prepare for uncertainties and changing employment conditions.
Major Selection and Educational Preparation Course
Here students gain a better understanding of their educational strengths and weaknesses in order to more aptly prepare an outlined college path for themselves. Through research and discussion, students outline a personalized method for selecting a college major. They then make commitments and implement strategies to help them achieve their educational goals.
Time Management Course
For those who are habitually late, feel repeatedly overbooked or put off assignments until the last possible opportunity, this course investigates contributing factors to procrastination and schedule management issues, providing various strategies to more efficiently manage time and tasks. Students will learn from lessons and then implement their own unique time management plans.
Decision Making Course
Whether with college course selection, determining potential internship opportunities or other vital career-sensitive choices, the decision-making process can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. This course outlines models and tools that aid in analyzing decision positives and negatives, potential outcomes and various alternative options should the most desired outcomes become unavailable.
Here students investigate a variety of communication styles and attempt to determine their own communication tendencies. Emphasis is on the benefits of being assertive as opposed to simply passive or overly aggressive. Students strive to achieve a balance between successfully making their own points and listening to the points of others.