Students will learn how to apply skills and theory from their Liberal Arts degrees to the search for meaningful work, research the job market, and begin building professional networks.
• will explore the mixed messages students receive about Liberal Arts degrees;
• examine the current job market, trends in hiring, and types of jobs available;
• consider different motivations for working and the type of work environment that would be most fulfilling;
• enable students to research specific industries of interest and begin networking within those industries.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
• relate the skills and experiences they gained in college to the exigencies of the job market;
• have completed some concrete steps toward landing a job, including completing their resumes, consulting with a career counselor, and conducting an informational interview.
Completion of AUCC Category 2 or BUS 300 (equivalent course) or CHEM 301 (equivalent course) or CO 300 (equivalent course) or CO 301A (equivalent course) or CO 301B (equivalent course) or CO 301C (equivalent course) or CO 301D (equivalent course) or CO 302 (equivalent course) or JTC 300 (equivalent course) or JTC 301 (equivalent course) or LB 300 (equivalent course).
Joanna Doxey has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Prior to earning her master’s degree, Joanna was an associate project editor with a textbook publisher. While in graduate school, Joanna taught creative writing and composition, as well as tutored at the Writing Center. She is currently an advisor for undergraduate English, Ethnic Studies, and Philosophy students.
Outside of work, Joanna enjoys running, skiing, hiking (and generally being outside), and internet cats. She has work published or forthcoming in CutBank Literary Journal, Yemassee, Matter Journal, Jacket2, and Tinderbox. Her first full-length collection of poetry is due out in late 2016.
Sarah Wernsing has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Literature. She has taught composition at the University of Northern Colorado and Front Range Community College and is currently an advisor for English and Economics students for the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, where she helps students transition to the university and get the most out of their education. Sarah is also passionate about helping students prepare for their next steps after graduation. Prior to working in higher education, Sarah has taught English overseas, worked in a bookstore, directed a youth and children’s program, and worked in customer service.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, cooking, eating chocolate, and writing.