OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

ALS 114

ALS 114: Career Decision Making

Academic Learning Services (ALS) 114 Career Decision Making is a two-credit letter-graded class designed to help students gain a better understanding of their interests, values, and abilities as they relate to the world of work. The UESP advisors team-teach this class, which provides OSU freshmen and sophomores guided career exploration in a classroom setting.

ALS 114 meets twice a week and follows a lecture-recitation format, which means that one day a week, students meet as a large group for lecture and the other day, they meet in small groups (around 13 students) for recitations. Students who take ALS 114 can look forward to a variety of activities to help them understand their major and career options, including:

  • Learning a decision making model, which incorpates self-assessment (weeks 1-4), the exploration of academic & career options (weeks 5-8), and intentional decision making & action (weeks 9-10).

  • Hearing guest speakers who visit our lecture to talk about a variety of topics related to the career decision making process.

  • Taking self-assessment tests like the Strong Interest Inventory© and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© to help clarify personal interests and preferences.

  • Research careers using both web and print resources.

  • Leaning about the Career Services office and its various resources. Career Services is not just for junior and senior students!

  • Conducting an informational interview with a professional in a specific field of interest.

  • Constructing a career decision making portfolio that serves as a record of the decision-making model in action.