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.