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									         ENG 385 CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ENGLISH MAJORS
                                 Spring 2009, Course #17350

                             T 10:30-11:45, Tempe, ECG G317
                                        Th, online




                               Elizabeth McNeil, MFA, PhD
                                     mcneil@asu.edu
                             Office: LL 549C, (480) 965-5303
                       Office hours: T 3:30-5:30 & by appointment
                              Appointments: (480) 965-3168




Overview
In this course, we will address theoretical and practical aspects of career planning to help you
develop career options related to your skills and interests in English studies. Course topics
include self-assessment, philosophical perspectives on work, researching occupations, enhancing
your undergraduate degree, graduate school, informational interviewing, networking, marketing
yourself, and the job interview. Class time will be devoted to discussion of course exercises and
readings; writing; writing workshops; student oral presentations; and presentations by a
representative from ASU Career Services.

In addition to researching occupations and creating documents critical to your job search
(résumé, cover letter, and employment portfolio), you will develop a career narrative that will
give you a clearer idea of where you have come from, where you are now, and where you
envision yourself going on your career path. Online work includes career narrative assignments
as well as your substantive critical interaction with the course texts.

ENG 385 Career Development for English Majors is designed to give you the skills necessary to
gain employment and thrive in a professional environment. To that end, the course work required
is rigorous and plentiful. Every project has been thoughtfully developed to further your progress.
Perhaps more than in many of your classes, the effort you put into the readings and assignments
directly relates to what you will take away from this course.
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Course Goals
   1. Identify your skills, talents, lifestyle and work preferences, and philosophical
      perspectives about work/career.
   2. Identify skills you wish to develop.
   3. Identify experiences/degree enhancements to seek out.
   4. Through readings and by developing a career narrative, recognize career-related
      continuities within your life-story that you wish to project into your future.
   5. Improve oral presentation and writing skills.
   6. Gain group project experience, and produce a PowerPoint presentation.
   7. Learn how to research occupations.
   8. Identify and understand aspects of organizational culture.
   9. Produce key job-search tools/documents, and in so doing appreciate better the range and
      value of your experience.
 10. Learn about job-search resources.
 11. Learn job-search etiquette.
 12. Learn how to create—and begin to build—a job-search network.
 13. Learn how to conduct an informational interview.
 14. Learn about behavioral interviewing.

Career Contacts
    Career Services: Student Services Bldg., 3rd floor,
      http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/career/; Calendar of Events:
      http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/career/Upcomingevents.htm
        CLAS Liaison, Career Services: Doug DeVoe, Career Services Specialist, SSV 307,
         Doug.DeVoe@asu.edu, (480) 965-2350
        English Internship Program: Ruby Macksoud, LL 545A, Rudy.Macksoud@asu.edu,
         (480) 965-2197, http://english.clas.asu.edu/internships/
        Pre-Law at ASU: Sara Lyness, CLAS Office of Student and Academic Programs, Fulton
         Center, Sara.Lyness@asu.edu, (480) 965-6506, http://prelaw.asu.edu/
        Secondary Ed English: Dr. Jim Blasingame, LL 218, James.Blasingame@asu.edu, (480)
         965-6074, http://english.clas.asu.edu/englisheducation
        Writing Certificate Program: Robert Haynes, Director, LL 003, Robert.Haynes@asu.edu,
         (480) 965-7659, http://www.asu.edu/clas/english/writingcertificate/

Texts
Required
        ASU Career Services. STEPS: Strategies Toward Enhancing Professional
         Success/Career Guide. Tempe: ASU Career Services, 2007. Provided by instructor.
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        DeGalan, Julie, and Stephen Lambert. Great Jobs for English Majors. 3rd ed. Chicago:
         VGM Career Horizons, 2006.
        Handout of readings for 1/22 through 2/3 supplied by instructor.
        Course Reader of remaining readings must be purchased at Alternative Copy, 715 South
         Forest Avenue (corner of University and Forest), Tempe, (480) 829-7992. Ready for
         purchase by 1/29.
Recommended
        Collegiate dictionary or decent online source such as Merriam-Webster Online
         http://www.m-w.com/.
        Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York:
         MLA, 2003. Or reliable online MLA guideline source, such as
         http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html.

Note Regarding Course Reader
Several students who had taken an earlier version of ENG 385 served as my interns to research
films, TV episodes, philosophy, biography, theory, and creative literature related to career and
personal development. In their selected bibliography of recommended works, these English
students chose pieces they felt best represented their interests, talents, and goals. From their
recommendations, I created a viewing/reading list that I have used in the course to provide
entertaining, thought-provoking ways to impart key ideas related to career development.

Creating one’s résumé and other job-seeking tools, although essential to career building, is only
part of the whole package. To use English-related skills in your career as meaningful
components of who you are, you will also want to ponder how the practice of those skills
manifests in the ways you think and interact and in what you produce in your life. By thinking
and writing about how the visual and written texts in ENG 385 are relevant to your life, you, as
an English major, are able to understand better your personality, skills, talents, and interests and
their significance for your future career.

Binders
You will need one binder for handouts. A section of this binder should be reserved to store all
written work related to the career narrative you will build over the course of this semester.
You will need an additional professional-quality binder or case for your employment portfolio.

Student Responsibilities
Throughout the semester, you will do the following:
   1. Write extensively to articulate your experiences, expectations, talents, interests, and goals
      related to work/career.
   2. Conduct library, online, and field research to investigate potential career paths.
   3. Do both individual and group work to develop your career narrative, résumé, cover letter,
      and employment portfolio.
   4. Develop individual and group oral presentation skills.
   5. Take seriously this opportunity to professionalize yourself in numerous ways.
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Grading

 Assignments                                                                    % of Course Grade
 DAILY ASSIGNMENTS (in class, out of class, online): writing, reading           20%
 responses, workshops
 CONFERENCE
  Mandatory conference to discuss progress in course and career thinking
 ENHANCING YOUR DEGREE                                                          10%
  Formal written report
  Informal oral roundtable discussion
 OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH                                                          15%
  Individual: 3 worksheets (1 per occupation)
  Group: Oral presentation PowerPoint and Works Consulted
 INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS (3 interviews)                                        15%
  Formal written report
  Oral presentation
 JOB SEARCH TOOLS                                                               20%
  Job/internship ad (a real job or internship you could realistically do now
     or in the very near future)
  Résumé
  Cover Letter
  Employment Portfolio (in professional binder w/table of contents and
     dividers/tabs)
 CAREER NARRATIVE
  Essay of at least 8 full pages, with epigraph                                20%

To post final course grades, I use the +/- ASU grading system (exceptions: C-, D+, and D-
cannot be given as a course grade).

   A+     A       A-      B+      B      B-      C+      C       C-       D+    D     D-    E
   98-    94-     91-     88-     84-    81-     78-     74-     71-      68-   64-   61-   0-
   100%   97%     93%     90%     87%    83%     80%     77%     73%      70%   67%   63%   60%

Mandatory Conference
You must meet with me sometime during 3/4-3/20 to discuss your progress in the course and
your career goals. Call (480) 965-3168 to set up your appointment. Come prepared with
questions and other points of discussion.

Daily Assignments
The majority of these are writing assignments. All pieces submitted in class (and posted online)
must be typed and in MLA format. All work submitted and posted for this course should be
professional in appearance and free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

MLA Format
As will be true in your career, while in school you are responsible for presenting written work to
meet discipline- or project-specific stylistic and research citation expectations. Predominant in
the field of English studies is the research style set forth by the Modern Language Association
(MLA). All written work for this class must be typed and in MLA format unless composed in
class or unless you are otherwise instructed. You will either receive no credit or reduced credit
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for work that is not in correct MLA format. See the MLA Handbook, 6th ed. (2003), and
numerous online sources (some are more accurate than others):
     MLA style guide: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/print/research/r_mla.html
     Sample essay in MLA format: http://www.dianahacker.com/pdfs/Hacker-Daly-MLA.pdf

Title/Label All Work
Please make sure to TITLE/LABEL all your written work for this class, so that each piece can be
easily identified as fulfilling a particular assignment.

Online Postings
Blackboard assignments will all be posted on the DISCUSSION BOARD. They must be
submitted by 9PM, and a peer response submitted by midnight. Posts or responses posted even a
minute after the deadline will be considered late and thus receive ZERO credit.

Late Work
All late work will receive ZERO credit.

Attendance
To accommodate illnesses or emergencies, you are allowed 2 class absences. You may NOT
submit work for credit for a day you are absent. Late work (for whatever reason) will not be
accepted.

Absences in excess of the allowance will result in course grade penalties that are strictly
enforced, as follows:
        3 absences, course grade will be reduced by one full grade (e.g., a “B” course grade will
         become a “C”)
        4 absences, course grade will be reduced by two full grades (e.g., a “B” course grade will
         become a “D”)
        5 or more absences, course grade will be an “E”
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                                          SYLLABUS

               “I guess it meant more to commit to nothing. Keep my options open.”
                                 —Rob (John Cusack), High Fidelity (2000)

         “I know we’re all pretty small in the big scheme of things. And I suppose the most
         you can hope for is to make some kind of difference. But what kind of difference
                    have I made? What in the world is better because of me?”
                      —Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson), About Schmidt (2002)

             READINGS                 ASSIGNMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS
WEEK 1                                IN CLASS
T 1/20
                                     Introductions. Review syllabus.

                                     Write course expectations.

                                     Career Narrative Assignment #1: Why Am I an English Major?

                                     TV: Simpsons, “Separate Vocations” episode (1992)
Th 1/22      Great Jobs              DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE        Chpt. 1, “The Self-
                Assessment”          Great Jobs, Chpt. 1, Self-Assessment, “Exhibit 1.1 Self-
                                     Assessment Worksheet”
             HANDOUT                    1. Do ALL the steps.
              Dillard, from An         2. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
               American                 3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
               Childhood
              Gallagher, from       Career Narrative Assignment #2: First Memory
               “The Poem as Time        1. Construct the scene of your first memory of wanting to
               Machine”                     BE something (in the sense that Gallagher relates, in
                                            regard to her childhood wish to BE a horse).
                                              a. Be very specific and DETAILED.
                                              b. Appeal to all 5 senses (sight, sound, smell, taste,
                                                  touch).
                                        2. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                        3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 2       HANDOUT                 BRING TO CLASS
T 1/27        Baldwin, “Sonny’s
               Blues”                Career Narrative Assignment #3 (thinking about the reading by
COURSE        Cochran, “Preface,”   Dillard Th 1/22): Handed Your Own Life
READER         Career Counseling:        1. Write about the moment you realized you had been
ready for      A Narrative                   handed your own life. (Or construct that future moment,
purchase                                     if it hasn’t happened yet.)
               Approach
by 1/29
                                         2. Construct the scene by using descriptive DETAILS and
                                             appealing to all 5 senses.

                                     Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”
                                         Prepare a question or comment to discuss in class in
                                            response to Baldwin’s presentation of work/career
                                            choices.
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                                       Cochran, “Preface”
                                           Respond to an idea that intrigues you.

                                       IN CLASS

                                       FILM: High Fidelity (2000) (excerpts)
Th 1/29     Great Jobs                 DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE       Introduction,
              “English: A Degree       Career Narrative Assignment #4: Being a Job Seeker in the 21st
COURSE        for Every Decade”        Century
READER                                    1. Write a paragraph reacting to Bissonnette’s assertions
ready for   HANDOUT                            regarding what constitutes a 21st-century jobseeker.
purchase
             Bissonnette,                         a. In your paragraph, directly engage (i.e.,
by 1/29
              “Mindset for                             CITE/QUOTE) as well as discuss Bissonnette’s
              Cultivating 21st-                        text.
              Century Livelihood”                  b. Also discuss your life experience thus far.
             Career Services,            2. By 9PM, post.
              “ENGLISH: What              3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
              can I do with this
              degree?”                 Career Narrative Assignment #5: Dream Jobs
             CLASWorks, “How             1. List your top 5 dream jobs.
              to Identify Job Skills      2. In paragraph #1, discuss whether you see any of your top
              in Your Classes”                5 dream jobs listed in “ENGLISH: What can I do with
                                              this degree?”
                                          3. In paragraph #2, reflect on:
                                                   a. High Fidelity,
                                                   b. your dream jobs,
                                                   c. the jobs the “ENGLISH” handout indicates are
                                                      available, and
                                                   d. the significance of English skills in the
                                                      workplace as explained by DeGalan and Lambert
                                                      in the Great Jobs intro.
                                                           i. CITE (quote) the readings directly.
                                          4. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                          5. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

                                       CLASWorks, “How to Identify Job Skills in Your Classes”
                                         1. Read the page carefully, including the example.
                                         2. Following the example, evaluate at least 3 classes,
                                            including this one (ENG 385), for all 8 skills.
                                         3. In an additional paragraph, identify skills you feel you
                                            need to develop, and discuss exactly why. Also, state how
                                            you could achieve each one.
                                         4. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                         5. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post. (Are English
                                            majors gaining and/or missing similar skills?)
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WEEK 3      HANDOUT                 BRING TO CLASS
T 2/3        Cochran, “Rhetoric
              of the Future”        Cochran, “Rhetoric of the Future”
COURSE       Martine, “Working          Write a question or comment about an idea you find
READER        for a Living”                 most intriguing in the essay to discuss in class and
ready for                                   submit.
purchase
by 1/29
                                    Martine, “Working for a Living”
                                         Write a question or comment about an idea you find
                                             most intriguing in the essay to discuss in class and
                                             submit.

                                    Career Narrative Assignment #6: Work Metaphors
                                       1. Write 3 metaphors, one each that captures your (a.) work
                                           past, (b.) work present, and (c.) future work life.
                                           (Example: My work past was a tornado.)
                                       2. Write an in-depth paragraph analyzing exactly how the 3
                                           images are related (or how they are not).

                                    Career Narrative Assignment #7 (thinking about Cochran’s
                                    “Rhetoric of the Future”): Patient and Agent Scenarios
                                       1. In scenario #1, construct the scene of an actual occasion
                                           (career-/work-related, if possible) during which you acted
                                           as a “PATIENT.”
                                                a. Be as DETAILED as possible.
                                                b. Appeal to all 5 senses.
                                       2. In scenario #2, construct the scene of an occasion (again,
                                           career-/work-related, if possible) during which you acted
                                           as an “AGENT.”
                                                a. Be as DETAILED as possible.
                                                b. Appeal to all 5 senses.
                                       3. Write a third paragraph, discussing what you realized
                                           from remembering and writing the two scenarios.

                                    IN CLASS

                                    Career Narrative Assignment #8: Future Selves
Th 2/5      COURSE READER           DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE       Jacobsen, “What Are
              Hand-Me-Down          Career Narrative Assignment #9: Family Influences
              Dreams” and              1. Read Jacobsen, “What Are Hand-Me-Down Dreams”
              “Family Work             2. In the “Family Work History” exercises, pick at least 1
              History,” from               relevant question from each section. Type up each
              Hand-Me-Down                 question and your response.
              Dreams                   3. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
             Sedaris, “Chipped        4. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
              Beef”
                                    Career Narrative Assignment #10: Family Roles
                                       1. In paragraph #1, characterize Sedaris’s role with his
                                           mother in “Chipped Beef.”
                                       2. In paragraph #2, construct the scene of a time you
                                           remember playing a recurring role in your family member
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                                        (e.g., rescuer, critic, mediator, comic, etc.).
                                     3. In paragraph #3, reflect on whether you still play this role
                                        and if you enjoy it or would like to develop a different
                                        role, and why.
                                     4. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                     5. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 4   Great Jobs               BRING TO CLASS
T 2/10    Chpt. 3,
           “Researching           Great Jobs
           Careers and               1. Chpt. 3, “Researching Careers and Networking”
           Networking”                       a. RESEARCHING CAREERS: Write one question
          Chpt. 5,                             you still have about the chapter and/or write a
           “Introduction to the                 comment regarding the most valuable
           English Career                       information you gleaned.
           Paths”                            b. NETWORKING: Write one question you still
          Chpt. 7, “Path 2:                    have about the chapter and/or write a comment
           Teaching”                            regarding the most valuable information you
                                                gleaned.
         COURSE READER               2. Chpt. 5, “Introduction to the English Career Paths”
          Munro, “Boys and                  a. Write one question you still have about the
           Girls”                               chapter and/or write a comment regarding the
                                                most valuable information you gleaned.
                                     3. Chpt. 7, “Path 2: Teaching”
                                             a. Write one question you still have about the
                                                chapter and/or write a comment regarding the
                                                most valuable information you gleaned.

                                  Do the following using all available resources—see Great Jobs,
                                  Chpt. 3:
                                      1. Discover and list 10 job titles you find attractive and
                                           appropriate to your interests.
                                      2. Label your top 3.
                                      3. Research current trends in, and the outlook for, these 3
                                           top job titles (see, for example, the Occupational Outlook
                                           Handbook [OOH] http://www.bls.gov/oco/). Some job
                                           titles are harder than others are for which to find trend
                                           info.
                                      4. Type up a brief yet thorough report of your research on
                                           the same sheet with #1 and 2.

                                  Career Narrative Assignment #11: Gender Roles
                                     1. In paragraph #1, analyze the gender roles operant in
                                         Munro’s “Boys and Girls.”
                                              a. CITE (quote) Munro’s piece directly, in MLA
                                                 format.
                                     2. Also note the probable outcomes for the protagonist that
                                         you see in her future as an adult.
                                     3. In paragraph #2, discuss the gender roles you have
                                         noticed in your immediate and extended family, as well
                                         as in your work and other important social circles.
                                     4. In paragraph #3, discuss how you see gender roles
                                         affecting your future.
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                                   IN CLASS

                                  FILM: Bend It Like Beckham (2003) (excerpts)
Th 2/12   Great Jobs              DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     Chpt. 6, “Path 1:
            Writing, Editing, and Great Jobs, Chpt. 6, “Path 1: Writing, Editing, and Publishing”
            Publishing”              1. By 9PM, post a question or comment directly related to
           Chpt. 10, “Path 5:           the chapter.
            Technical Writing”       2. By midnight, post a substantive response to at least one
                                         peer’s comment.
          COURSE READER
           Sedaris, “Cyclops”    Great Jobs, Chpt. 10, “Path 5: Technical Writing”
           Wideman, from            1. By 9PM, post a question or comment directly related to
            Brothers and                 the chapter.
            Keepers                  2. By midnight, post a substantive response to at least one
           Wolff, “On Being a           peer’s comment.
            Real Westerner”
                                  Career Narrative Assignment #12: Person Who Has Influenced
                                  Your Career Thinking
                                     1. In 2 substantial paragraphs, discuss the pieces by Sedaris,
                                         Wideman, and Wolff to analyze how the experiences they
                                         present could be related to these men’s careers as writers.
                                            a. CITE (quote) their pieces directly.
                                     2. In paragraph #3, keeping in mind the career-related
                                         importance of the experiences described by Sedaris,
                                         Wideman, and Wolff, write in detail about someone who
                                         has influenced your career thinking in an important way.
                                     3. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                     4. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 5    COURSE READER           BRING TO CLASS
T 2/17     McNeil, “Emotional
            Intelligence: A Job   McNeil, “Emotional Intelligence: A Job and Life Skill”
            and Life Skill”          Thinking especially about the application of the ideas to
                                        work/career, respond briefly to what you find significant
          DOWNLOAD from                 or valuable in this summary of the concept.
          Blackboard, “Course
          Documents”              Occupational Research worksheets (3 occupations, 3 worksheets)
           Occupational             1. Pick 3 occupations.
            Research worksheets      2. Research each of the occupations, using the OOH
                                         (http://www.bls.gov/oco/) and other online and hardcopy
                                         text resources. Do NOT talk with anyone for this research
                                         assignment (you will talk with people working in various
                                         fields for your Informational Interviews).
                                     3. Download the worksheet onto your desktop from
                                         Blackboard “Course Documents” and save and label
                                         three copies.
                                     4. Type the information for each occupation into a
                                         worksheet. Thoroughly respond to each question on the
                                         worksheet.
                                     5. Make sure to put your name at the top.
                                     6. Download the 3 completed worksheets to submit in class.
                                     7. SAVE YOUR RESEARCH for possible use in your
                                         group occupational research presentation.
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                                      IN CLASS

                                      Form Occupational Research presentation groups

                                      FILM: About Schmidt (2002) (excerpts)
Th 2/19       COURSE READER           DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE         Cochran, “Narration
                and Meaning”          Career Narrative Assignment #13: Aphorism—or, The Moral of
CALL                                  My Story
(480) 965-                               1. First, look up a literary definition of APHORISM (not
3168 to set                                  just a dictionary definition).
up conf.                                 2. Cut and paste or type it.
3/4-3/20.
                                         3. Next, do a paragraph or two of “brainstorm” writing to
                                             discover a lesson you have learned and that you
                                             (unconsciously or consciously, and for better or worse)
                                             live by—i.e., the moral (or, a moral) of your story.
                                                  a. Example of a positive aphorism: “When life
                                                      gives me lemons, I make lemonade.”
                                                  b. Example of a negative moral of one’s story: “No
                                                      matter how hard I try, I can never win.”
                                         4. Use FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE (as in the cliched
                                             saying in “a.,” above) to create an aphorism that
                                             expresses the lesson/moral that you live by.
                                         5. By 9PM, post all of the above as an attachment file.
                                         6. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

                                      Career Narrative Assignment #14: Narration and Meaning
                                         1. Read Cochran’s segment on “Narration and Meaning”
                                         2. In paragraph #1, comment briefly on the most important
                                             idea you have gleaned from this segment.
                                         3. In paragraph #2, discuss the following: What patterns
                                             have you noticed in your decision-making? In your
                                             ability to promote yourself positively? In your life
                                             interests? For example, have you noticed that you like
                                             taking risks? Do you enjoy arguing to reach a point and
                                             then following that idea to its conclusion? Do you lead
                                             with your strengths, or focus on your weaknesses? Are
                                             you always seeking to create balance and harmony
                                             between different factions? Are you an idealist? Do you
                                             love to work with your hands?
                                                 a. How has this pattern enriched or impoverished
                                                      the meaning you are able to draw from your life?
                                         4. In paragraph #3, construct the scene of a work-/career-
                                             related memory that stands out to you as having
                                             IMPOVERISHED implications:
                                                 a. Be as DETAILED as possible, appealing to all
                                                      five senses.
                                                 b. State succinctly the moral of that story (or, lesson
                                                      learned).
                                                 c. Discuss briefly how that moral has manifested in
                                                      your life.
                                         5. In paragraph #4, construct the scene of a work-/career-
                                             related memory that stands out to you as having RICH,
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                                            rather than impoverished, implications?
                                                a. Be as detailed as possible, appealing to all five
                                                     senses.
                                                b. State succinctly the moral of that story (or, lesson
                                                     learned).
                                                c. Discuss briefly how that moral has manifested in
                                                     your life.
                                         6. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                         7. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 6        Great Jobs              BRING TO CLASS
T 2/24         Chpt. 2, “The
                Résumé and Cover      Great Jobs, Chpt. 2, “The Résumé and Cover Letter”
CALL            Letter”                   Write one question about this chapter and/or write a
(480) 965-                                   comment about the most valuable information you
3168 to set   STEPS: Career Guide            gleaned.
up conf.
               “A Guide for
3/4-3/20.
                Writing Resumes”      STEPS
               “Sample Resumes”          Write a question or comment regarding the additional
               “Step Write In:             information on and examples of résumés and
                Writing                     employment letters.
                Employment
                Letters”              Job/Internship Ad
               “References”              1. Cut out, download, photocopy, or type out a real
                                              (published) job or internship ad from a legitimate source.
              COURSE READER                   You will submit this copy today, so MAKE SURE TO
               Career Services,              KEEP A COPY FOR YOURSELF, FOR OTHER
                “Capsule Biography:           WORK YOU’LL BE DOING WITH THE AD.
                ‘A One Minute             2. This job/internship MUST be something you could do
                Commercial’”                  now or in the near future with skills you are building
                                              currently.
                                          3. Choose your ad wisely. Your résumé, cover letter, and
                                              employment portfolio will be based on this ad.
                                          4. Be prepared to discuss your ad in class and to submit it.

                                      Capsule Autobiography, 1st draft
                                         1. Start by typing up responses to the very simple prompts
                                             in Career Services’ “Capsule Biography.”
                                         2. Next, revise your responses to create a paragraph that
                                             uses more natural syntax and includes intriguing details
                                             regarding your experience and interests.
                                         3. Read aloud, the Capsule Autobio should be 30 seconds to
                                             1 minute in length.
                                         4. Bring your revised Capsule Autobio to practice aloud
                                             with a classmate.

                                      Résumé and Cover Letter sample formats
                                          See copies included with syllabus on first day or
                                            download from Blackboard.

                                      IN CLASS

                                      WORKSHOP: Capsule Autobiography, 1st draft
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Th 2/26       Great Jobs             DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE         Chpt. 4,
                “Interviewing and    Great Jobs, Chpt. 4, “Interviewing and Job Offer Considerations”
CALL            Job Offer               1. Interviewing:
(480) 965-      Considerations”                  a. By 9PM, post a question or comment directly
3168 to set                                         related to this portion of the chapter.
up conf.                                         b. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
              COURSE READER
3/4-3/20.
               Sedaris, “The           2. Job Offer Considerations:
                Santaland Diaries”               a. By 9PM, post a question or comment directly
                                                    related to this portion of the chapter.
                                                 b. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

                                     Career Narrative Assignment #15: Humor and Coping
                                        1. In paragraph #1, respond to Sedaris’s “The Santaland
                                            Diaries.”
                                        2. In paragraph #2, construct a scene from an absurd job
                                            you have held in which humor helped you to cope (or to
                                            deal with it in retrospect by remembering it now as
                                            funny).
                                                a. Offer lots of descriptive DETAIL and appeal to
                                                    all 5 senses.
                                        3. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                        4. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 7                               BRING TO CLASS
T 3/3
                                     Résumé, 1st draft—bring the following:
CALL                                    1. Your job/internship ad
(480) 965-                              2. 1st draft of résumé
3168 to set
up conf.                              Capsule Autobiography, 2nd draft
3/4-3/20.
                                         1. Revise based on your peer’s comments from last week.
                                         2. Bring to share with peer and submit.

                                     Occupational Research, Groups 1 and 2
                                        1. Research and prepare PowerPoint presentation according
                                            to instructions.
                                        2. PRACTICE as a group.

                                     IN CLASS

                                     WORKSHOP: Résumé, 1st draft

                                      WORKSHOP: Capsule Autobiography, 2nd draft

                                     GROUP REPORTS: Occupational Research, Groups 1 and 2
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Th 3/5        Great Jobs              DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE         Chpt. 8, “Path 3:
                Advertising and       Great Jobs, Chpt. 8, “Path 3: Advertising and Public Relations”
CALL            Public Relations”        1. By 9PM, post a comment about something you found
(480) 965-     Chpt. 9, “Path 4:            intriguing in this chapter.
3168 to set     Business                 2. By midnight, post a response to at least one peer’s
up conf.                                     comment.
                Administration and
3/4-3/20.
                Management”
                                      Great Jobs, Chpt. 9, “Path 4: Business Administration and
              STEPS: Career Guide     Management”
               “A Diverse and           1. By 9PM, post a comment about something you found
                Global Workplace”            intriguing in this chapter.
                                         2. By midnight, post a response to at least one peer’s
              COURSE READER                  comment.
               Puertas and Rice,
                “Career Exploration   STEPS, Puertas and Rice’s “Career Exploration in a Global
                in a Global Market”   Market,” and CGES website
                                         1. CITING directly from STEPS, Puertas and Rice, the
              BROWSE ONLINE                  CGES website, AND your own experience, write 2
               Center for Global            paragraphs discussing the value and transferable skills
                Education Services           you see available for you from international experience.
                offerings,               2. By 9PM, post.
                http://ipo.asu.edu/      3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

3/8-3/15      SPRING BREAK
WEEK 8        COURSE READER           BRING TO CLASS
T 3/17         Career Services,
                “Informational        Career Services, “Informational Interviewing”
                Interviewing”            1. Read the Career Services “Informational Interviewing”
                                              materials, which, among other helpful advice, offer
                                              sample questions that are recommended for informational
                                              interviews.
                                         2. Type up 20 Informational Interview questions you would
                                              like to ask your contacts.
                                         3. Place your questions IN THE ORDER YOU WOULD
                                              ASK THEM.

                                      Cover Letter, 1st draft—bring the following:
                                         1. Job/internship ad.
                                         2. Résumé.
                                         3. Draft of Cover Letter.

                                      Occupational Research, Groups 3, 4, and 5
                                         1. Research and prepare PowerPoint presentation according
                                             to instructions.
                                         2. PRACTICE as a group.

                                      IN CLASS

                                      WORKSHOP: Cover Letter, 1st draft

                                      GROUP REPORTS: Occupational Research, Groups 3, 4, 5
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Th 3/19   STEPS: Career Guide     DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     “Graduate School”
                                  Graduate School
          BROWSE ONLINE              1. Read STEPS, “Graduate School.”
           ASU Division of          2. Browse through the pages of the Division of Graduate
            Graduate Studies,            Studies and English Department websites.
            http://www.asu.edu/      3. By 9PM, post a comment about something you found
            graduate/                    intriguing (or missing) in this information on graduate
           ASU Department of            education.
            English, Graduate        4. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
            Studies,
            http://www.asu.edu/   Career Narrative Assignment #16: Obituary
            clas/english/            1. Review the format for an obituary in any newspaper.
                                     2. Write your own obituary, for however far into the future
                                         you think appropriate.
                                     3. Please take the assignment at least halfway seriously. An
                                         entirely comic approach will not permit you to gain all
                                         you can from this writing project.
                                     4. By 9PM, post.
                                     5. By midnight, respond to a peer’s obituary.
WEEK 9    COURSE READER           BRING TO CLASS
T 3/24     Rothenberg,
            “Spontaneous          Career Narrative Assignment #17: Rothenberg, “Spontaneous
            Effort”               Effort”
                                      Write 1 to 2 paragraphs re the following:
                                          1. Construct a scene in which you are remembering a
                                              specific spontaneous occasion on which your
                                              expertise in English (e.g., writing, reading, critical
                                              analysis, cultural awareness, social issue awareness,
                                              etc.) led you to a particularly memorable moment of
                                              personal growth.
                                          2. In your essay, also engage directly (CITE) at least
                                              one of Rothenberg’s ideas.

                                  Enhancing Your Degree
                                     1. Prepare written report according to instructions.
                                     2. Prepare to discuss findings with class.

                                  IN CLASS

                                  REPORTS: Enhancing Your Degree
                                     1. Roundtable discussion with class.
                                     2. Submit written report.
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Th 3/26   COURSE READER         DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     Fideler, “A Natural
            Harmony”            Career Narrative Assignment #18: Work and Meaning
           Loori, “The            1. Post a 3-paragraph response. In paragraph #1, comment
            Sacredness of Work”        briefly on Fideler’s message.
           Metzger,               2. In paragraph #2, comment on an idea that intrigues you in
            “Compassion and            Loori’s piece.
            Metaphor”              3. Finally, in paragraph #3, construct a specific work-related
                                       occasion during which you remember experiencing a
                                       sense of harmony. Appeal to all 5 senses.
                                   4. By 9PM, post as an attachment file.
                                   5. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

                                  Career Narrative Assignment #19: Metzger, “Compassion and
                                  Metaphor”
                                     1. Thinking about Metzger’s piece and the power of
                                         metaphor, develop a metaphor or analogy (extended
                                         metaphor) that unifies your life (i.e., draws together
                                         under one image all your life’s fragments of experience).
                                     2. By 9PM, post.
                                     3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 10   COURSE READER           BRING TO CLASS
T 3/31     Deetz et al. from
            Leading               Organizational Culture: Deetz et al. and McNeil
            Organizations            1. Do the Appendix 1.1 exercise at the end of the chapter by
            through Transition           Deetz et al.
           McNeil,                  2. Do the exercises on the last two pages of McNeil,
            “Organizational              “Organizational Culture.”
            Culture”                 3. You’ll have to tear these pages from the reader to submit
                                         them in class.

                                  Career Narrative—do the following:
                                     1. Gather together all the Career Narrative writing
                                         assignments: the numbered assignments throughout the
                                         course plus any additional writing from the class and
                                         from outside the class that you think could belong in your
                                         Career Narrative.
                                     2. Arrange all the pieces to help you understand best the
                                         relationship between these fragments of memory and
                                         thought.
                                     3. On a separate sheet, list and discuss briefly thematic
                                         threads of meaning you have noticed running through
                                         your Career Narrative writings. You will share this with
                                         your peer reviewer and submit this in class.
                                     4. Bring the arranged pieces and thematic analysis to class.

                                  IN CLASS

                                  WORKSHOP: Career Narrative
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Th 4/2    COURSE READER              DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     Owen, “George
            Meyer”                   Owen, “George Meyer”
                                        1. By 9PM, post a response to the article.
                                        2. By midnight, comment on at least one classmate’s post.
WEEK 11                              BRING TO CLASS
T 4/7
                                     Informational Interviews (#1-5)
                                         1. Prepare written and oral reports according to instructions.
                                         2. PRACTICE oral report.

                                     IN CLASS

                                     REPORTS: Informational Interviews (#1-5)
                                         1. Give formal oral report.
                                         2. Submit written report.
Th 4/9    STEPS: Career Guide:       DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     “Powerful
            Portfolios”              STEPS, “Powerful Portfolios,” and Career Services, “Portfolio
                                     Power”
          READ ONLINE                   1. By 9PM, post a comment about the value of this
           Career Services,                information for you and/or a question that you still have
            “Portfolio Power,”              about employment portfolios.
            http://career.asu.edu/      2. By midnight, respond to at least one peer’s post.
            S/CareerPlan/Imple
            mentation/Marketing
            /PortfolioPower.htm
WEEK 12                              BRING TO CLASS
T 4/14
                                     Employment Portfolio, 1st draft—bring the following:
                                        1. Job ad.
                                        2. Revised résumé.
                                        3. Revised cover letter.
                                        4. All your artifacts, in the best arrangement to suit your
                                           particular job ad, résumé, and cover letter.

                                     Informational Interviews (#6-10)
                                         1. Prepare written and oral reports according to instructions.
                                         2. PRACTICE oral report.

                                     IN CLASS

                                     WORKSHOP: Employment Portfolio, 1st draft

                                     REPORTS: Informational Interviews (#6-10)
                                        1. Give formal oral report.
                                        2. Submit written report.
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Th 4/16                          DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE
                                 WORKSHOP: Career Narrative, 1st full draft
                                    1. By 9PM, post a full draft of your Career Narrative as an
                                       attachment file.
                                    2. By midnight, post a substantive critique (praise AND in-
                                       depth suggestions for improvement) of a peer’s Career
                                       Narrative.
WEEK 13   COURSE READER          BRING TO CLASS
T 4/21     Career Services,
            “Experiential        Internship Readings
            Education,” “10            Citing pertinent ideas from the internship readings in the
            Reasons Why                   Course Reader, write 1 to 2 paragraphs about how you
            Students Should Do            now see internships fitting into an English curriculum
            an Internship,”               and, being very specific, into your career development.
            “Internship/Co-op
            Work Learning        Internship Resources
            Proposal                 1. Write 1-page report detailing a SPECIFIC internship or
            Guidelines”                  internship support service or resource. (Do NOT supply
           Green,                       only generalized information.)
            “Communicating the       2. Be prepared to discuss your resource with the class.
            Value of Your
            Internship,”         Informational Interviews (#11-15)
            Internship Success        1. Prepare written and oral reports according to
                                         instructions.
                                      2. PRACTICE oral report.

                                 IN CLASS

                                 ROUNDTABLE discussion with Michelle Laws, Center for
                                 Global Education Services: Internship Resources
                                    1. Roundtable discussion.
                                    2. Submit written report.

                                 REPORTS: Informational Interviews (#11-15)
                                    1. Submit written report.
                                    2. Give formal oral report.
Th 4/23                          DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE
                                 Career Services Events
                                    1. By this date, you should have chosen one or more Career
                                         Services events to attend and attended them (see
                                         http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/career/Upcomingevent
                                         s.htm).
                                    2. Attend the event(s) (dressed appropriately, taking along
                                         your résumé, if appropriate, etc.).
                                    3. Write up a 1- to 2-paragraph response regarding your
                                         experience.
                                    4. Clearly indicate the title and date of the event(s) you
                                         attended.
                                    5. By 9PM, post.
                                    6. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
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                                  Registering Your Résumé with Career Services
                                     1. By this date, you should have registered your résumé at
                                          http://career.asu.edu/I/whoshouldregister.htm.
                                     2. Write up a 1-paragraph comment on this process and the
                                          potential value for you.
                                     4. By 9PM, post.
                                     3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
WEEK 14   Great Jobs              BRING TO CLASS
T 4/28     Chpt. 4,
            “Interviewing and     Great Jobs, Chpt. 4, and STEPS, “Negotiating Job Offers”
            Job Offer                1. Read sections and write up one or more questions you
            Considerations”              still have about negotiating job offers.
                                     2. Bring to class to discuss with Mr. DeVoe and submit.
          STEPS: Career Guide
           “Negotiating Job      Career Narrative, 2nd draft with epigraph
            Offers”                  1. Bring one copy of the fully elaborated 2nd draft of your
                                         Career Narrative to class.
                                     2. Just under your title, include an EPIGRAPH (a pithy
                                         quotation, with the author and title of the source) that
                                         sharpens your and your reader’s understanding of your
                                         Career Narrative’s central theme (central idea/message).

                                  IN CLASS

                                  WORKSHOP: Career Narrative, 2nd draft with epigraph

                                  Doug DeVoe, Career Services
                                      Salary Negotiations
Th 4/30   COURSE READER           DISCUSSION BOARD
ONLINE     Career Services,
            “Behavioral           Behavioral Interviewing: Career Services and McNeil
            Interviewing”            1. From the readings, in paragraph #1 discuss briefly what
           Cochran,                     you now realize goes into a behavioral interview.
            “Wholeness…” and         2. In paragraph #2, discuss what you now understand that
            “Practical Wisdom”           interviewers want from candidates.
           McNeil, “Behavioral      3. By 9PM, post.
            Interviewing”            4. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.

                                  Cochran, “Wholeness…” and “Practical Wisdom”
                                     1. In 1 to 2 paragraphs, respond to ideas that you feel are
                                         productive for your career thinking.
                                     2. By 9PM, post.
                                     3. By midnight, respond to a peer’s post.
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WEEK 15                              BRING TO CLASS
T 5/5
                                     Career Narrative, with epigraph
                                         Submit folder containing all previously workshopped
                                            drafts, peer comments, and final polished draft with
                                            epigraph.

                                     Employment Portfolio, 2nd draft
                                        1. Arrange artifacts to support job ad, résumé, cover letter.
                                        2. Include job ad, résumé, cover letter.
                                        3. Include Table of Contents.
                                        4. Include tabs/dividers.
                                        5. Mock up temporarily missing information/documents
                                           (items that are, say, currently in storage at your parents’
                                           house), but do this only when locating an important
                                           artifact is absolutely impossible at this time.

                                     IN CLASS

                                     WORKSHOP: Employment Portfolio, 2nd draft
FINAL                                BRING TO CLASS
T 5/12
9:50-11:40                           Employment Portfolio
                                         Besides artifacts pertinent to your job ad, must contain
                                           Table of Contents and tabs/dividers for easy reference in
                                           professional-looking binder.

                                     Job Ad, Résumé, and Cover Letter
                                          Submit job ad, final copy of résumé, and final copy of
                                             cover letter.

                                     FINAL: Doug DeVoe, Career Services, Mock Interview
                                         This is your final for the class. Be on time. Also be
                                           prepared to take notes on the interview process and to ask
                                           questions based on today’s mock interview and on the
                                           Behavioral Interviewing materials you read 4/30.

                                           Important Dates
             Jan. 19                 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
             Jan. 20                 First days of classes
             Feb. 16-23              Academic Status Report #1
             Mar. 8-15               Spring Break
             Mar. 23-30              Academic Status Report #2
             Apr. 3                  Course withdrawal deadline (in person)
             Apr. 5                  Course withdrawal deadline (online)
             Mar. 31                 Graduation filing deadline
             May 5                   Complete withdrawal deadline (online & in person)
             May 5                   Last day of classes; last day to process transactions
             May 6                   Reading Day
             May 7-10, 11-13         Final exams
             May 14                  Commencement
             May 15                  CLAS Convocation
             May 18                  Grades due
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