Career Course Descriptions

Professional Career Development. PCD is designed to give students a very early start on career planning and development. It involves thoughtful self-assessment, career exploration of specific professional work options, and a tentative internship and career search strategy. PCD describes a process that it is ongoing, systematic, and fulfilling for both professional and personal development. It is designed to aid in transitioning from college student to a professional. The final exercise is the actual creation of a "Professional Development Plan". (See schedule)

Career Search Strategies. CSS is designed to prepare students to work in a professional position as an intern or professional employee in their chosen profession. Professional communication tools such as resumes, cover letters, professional correspondence, portfolio creation, etc. A significant amount of time is devoted to the topic of recruitment and selection. Presentation skills, interview preparation, portfolio design, and other written instruments are developed early in the course. Typical methods of career search are used to locate career options from advertisements, networking, job prospecting, internet searches, interviewing for information, mock interviews, career fairs and other search strategies. Since interviewing is the number one way that employers identify, recruit, train and evaluate, the course concludes with techniques designed to aid in managing professional career development overtime. The final exercise is the preparation of a "Career Portfolio". (See schedule)

Business Career Planning and Placement. BCPP is designed to assist students from Indiana University to explore various career options after earning a degree from the Kelley School of Business. A significant amount of the course is devoted to inviting many business career practitioners, including alumni, back to participate in the class. The real world practitioners discuss short-term and long-term duties, responsibilities and advancement opportunities in various professions within business. The final part of the class focuses on assisting students in finding the first job after college and how to manage their career progression. This is a required two credit hour class and has been in the business curriculum for over 40 years. As in the PCD and CSS classes, the textbook used is: Career Search Strategies (fifth edition) by C. Randall Powell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

International Human Resource Management. IHRM deals with activities that organizations used to acquire, maintain, and use their workforce. The HRM functions are addressed with a strong global perspective for the following topics: HR objectives, job descriptions, resumes, HR trends, recruiting tools, secession planning, selection concepts, interviewing techniques, psychological testing and assessment, training, career development, performance appraisals, compensation, benefits, and international implications. Using a variety of project assignments, students are immersed in a personal way in various HR activities such as writing résumés, creating job descriptions, conducting mock interviews, taking psychological tests, uploading jobs to Internet web sites, and getting hands-on mock/team experiences, negotiating compensation, etc. so that they can totally immerse themselves within the functions that are typically handled by HR staff. This class has been taught several times at universities throughout the world.