Academic and Career Planning Courses

The College of General Studies offers a two-course series designed to complement students’ academic program and to prepare them for their future careers or career changes. 

  • Mastering the University: Academic & Career Exploration I 
  • From Classroom to Career: Academic & Career Exploration II

These courses may be taken independently or in the recommended order above. For students who complete the course series, they will have a portfolio of artifacts/tangible outcomes including an academic narrative, competency statement, resumes, cover letters, and informational interviewing and networking contacts.


CGS 0092 Mastering the University: Academic & Career Exploration I

Mastering the University (CGS 0092) provides new and/or transfer students with the skills necessary to maximize their potential for academic success at the University of Pittsburgh. During this course students will be exposed to various University resources; explore educational and career planning; gain academic confidence; and will become familiar with and utilize cognitive science research-based skills necessary for college success.

Flexible format: online with in-person or synchronous meetings | Offered: Fall & Spring

Instructor: Ingrid Beute, M.M.,M.A | Academic Coach, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences & College of General Studies; Email: inb15@pitt.edu

 

CGS 0093 From Classroom to Career: Academic & Career Exploration II

As the second course of a two-course series on academic and professional development, this course asks students to further examine the ways that their academic plans and career goals align. Students will identify their current competencies and those they still need to acquire in order to succeed in identified careers. Building on their new understanding of their competencies and interests, students will develop strategies to reach their identified career goals, such as obtaining the internships, informational interviews, and job shadowing experiences necessary to attract prospective career opportunities and build their professional network. Ideal for career launchers and career changers, no prerequisites needed.

Flexible format: online with in-person or synchronous meetings | Offered: Fall & Spring

Instructor: Carol S. Balk, MS | Career Consultant, College of General Studies and University of Pittsburgh Career Center; Email: carol.balk@pitt.edu