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Career Decision Making

Grades 9 - 12
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Course Schedule

2021-08-12 - 2021-12-09
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Thu: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
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Thu: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $185 / Semester
Supplies: $25
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About the Course
Career Decision Making

The goal of this course is to help students identify the best career options for them after high school. Students take several assessments to discover which careers best fit their personality, interests, values, learning style, and skills. They compile a list of careers which they research, then select the two best careers for them. They speak with someone in each of these fields, and job shadow. They also research different schools or training opportunities. Should they decide to go to college, we look at posible majors. We also cover resume writing, interviewing, networking, and etiquette. Even if the student is not able to finalize a career decision, they will better understand the process, and know what they need to consider in the future. 

Textbook: What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job by Carol ChristenRichard N. Bolles

Supplies: $25 to cover the cost of career assessments

This is a one semester course offerred in the fall and spring based on interest.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Taylor University. She has served as the Coach/Director for Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club since 2012, and as a state representative for the National Christian Forensics and Commnications Association since 2015. Her family has been involved in competitive speech and debate since 2007. She has five children whom she has home schooled.

Diane worked at IUS in the Career Placement Office as the Internship Coordinator for 5 years placing students in internships, coaching them on interviewing skills, dress for success, etiquette, networking, and resume writing. She taught Career Decision Making at IUS for 15 years and has taught Career Development at Cornerstone for several years. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She has also worked in television, has conducted corporate training workshops, and has trained students in various aspects of professional development.

She enjoys helping students discover the gifts and talents God has given them while directing them toward their best career fit. She also enjoys teaching students to speak confidently and effectively for the glory of God, while mentoring/teaching them about Biblical Leadership. In her free time, she finds joy in being outside hiking and kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and designing welcoming and functional spaces for herself and others.

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