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So, I'm not gonna explain as much in-length because explaining my experience as super great by taking this class is all that's really needed. Also, the fact that it helped affirm what I have felt like I wanted to do with my time at UCLA, especially being a transfer student, shows just how impactful this class could be, especially if you are what I was like my first couple weeks at UCLA. I was depressed and confused about what I wanted to do now that I had finally gotten into the school I spent two long years to achieve. Yes, it is exploring careers AND doing self-inventory but nothing hurts having that validation about your strengths and weaknesses in order to give you a much clearer view on your suitable options e.g., type of career, major, extracurricular, etc. This class was really monumental for me in the way it allowed me to really feel reenergized and inspired, especially by listening to really cool and relatable guest speakers!
If you don't know what you're doing as a bio major or you want a back up career to going into medicine, then this class is for you. I learned how to make my resume and cover letter better. There were guest speakers on different careers, such as health admin, doctors, environmentalists, etc. It was a great experience to hear about the different careers. The workload is nothing and it is an easy upper divison. Highly recommended.
The class is easy but don't take it if you're actually looking to explore careers. Most of the class is about discovering who you are and what you want out of a job. You have to follow an arbitrary rubric for a resume and cover letter. Its more helpful to lowerclassmen as they have guest speakers that talk about programs on campus. As a third year, I'm not eligible for them anymore so long portions of lectures were wastes of time for me.
For paid materials, you buy a small paper textbook that you barely use and 2 personality tests. For most of the class, you spend "discovering yourself" with said tests and basics that setting up a resume and a LinkedIn profile.
The most interesting aspect was probably the interview assignments but that can simply be done without the need of the class
Frankly, unless you have no idea how to do the things above, this class is not worth the work. Spending the afternoon googling careers would be more useful.
I loved this class. Not only is it really easy, but Dr. Kennison is a delight to have in class. This class is more of a personality exploration ("get to know yourself") kind of class and I loved it. The first 5 weeks are personality quizzes and learning more about yourself and weeks 6 through 9 focus on career exploration led by guest speakers. She is great and knows what she is talking about. Her goal is to help you better understand who you are and what you can do and it's an amazing class. Highly recommend.
This is a career class for life science majors. I am not a science major at all but I needed a easy upper division elective. Basically you take some personality test and write a few 1 to 2 page papers about how you feel about your personality assessments. You will also have to type up a few questions for the guest speakers. The big assignment is making your resume in her style. I didn't agree with it but whatever. She had 2 TA's the younger one was good the older one was bad. The textbook has a template of how the instructor wants you to do your resume. The older TA did not grade based on the template, but would instead make up her own rules which were the opposite of the instructor. Class was easy but annoying when it came to the grading. The class is P/NP so as long as you do 75% of the work you'll pass.
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