Lesson 10: Career

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Career

How to use this guide:

This guide explains how you and your students can use multiple tutorials to build career skills. It includes three distinct learning plans you can follow and adapt for instruction in a classroom, with a small group, or with individuals. Each plan addresses a specific set of skills students may be interested in acquiring.

The plans include topics ranging from preparing for a job search and the application process to developing career-related skills.

Each plan has four components:

  1. Objectives: These are the goals learners have entering this course of study. Objectives can help you identify the best plan for your class.
  2. Outcomes: These are the skills learners should have gained after successfully completing the plan.
  3. Learning plan: This is a possible sequence of our tutorials. You can find summaries and links for the tutorials mentioned in our Tutorial Descriptions lesson, or you can view our All Topics page to find any tutorial you want.
  4. Other tutorials you may want to use: These are additional tutorials on our site that you may want to reference or include in the learning plan, depending on the skill levels and needs of your students.

Learning plans

Preparing a resume and job application

This lesson path is geared toward students who are preparing to enter the job market and need help creating application materials. The focus is on writing or revising a resume and cover letter and completing a job application rather than the broader job search. This path is ideal for students who are entering the workforce for the first time or returning to it after a prolonged absence.

Objectives:

  • To prepare a new resume
  • To update and revise an existing resume
  • To know how to write a cover letter
  • To be able to complete a job application correctly

General outcomes:

  • Learners will understand how a resume, cover letter, and job application relate to one another.
  • Learners will understand how to tailor their resumes and cover letters to specific job descriptions and career paths.
  • Learners will have current resumes and sample or real cover letters.
  • Learners will be able to prepare professional job applications.

    Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use:

    Applying for jobs

    This learning path is similar to preparing a resume and job application but is intended for a longer class. It focuses on the broader job search process, as well as writing/revising and completing a job application. This path is ideal for students who are currently engaged in the job search or who have been looking for jobs for some time.

    Objectives:

    • To get started with a job search
    • To learn how to apply for a job
    • To successfully complete the job application process
    • To prepare for an interview

    General outcomes:

    • Learners will be able to plan and execute a thorough job search.
    • Learners will be able to complete job applications.
    • Learners will have current resumes and sample or real cover letters.
    • Learners will know how to tailor their resumes and cover letters to specific jobs.
    • Learners will understand how to present themselves well in job applications and interviews.

    Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use:

    Career skills development

    This learning path is designed for students who are looking to improve their computer skills in order to gain professional employment. The path includes our tutorials on basic typing, mouse, and computer skills. For students who want to develop further computer skills or for those whose computer skills are more advanced, we recommend incorporating material from our Technology and Microsoft Office tutorials.

    Objectives:

    • To acquire basic computer skills consistent with professional employment
    • To identify career goals and plan a transition into another career path

    General outcomes:

    • Learners will have learned to use a mouse, type, and navigate a computer interface.
    • Learners will understand their own career goals and the strategies needed to achieve them.
    • Learners will have created a plan for improving or changing their career.

    Other GCFLearnFree.org tutorials you may want to use: