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Graduate College Co-Curricular Program

GRAD T580 - NBL - Foundations of Career Management

The Graduate College, in collaboration with the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) and Drexel University Online, offers a co-curricular professional development course, GRAD T580 - NBL - Foundations of Career Management, for graduate students. It is a one-credit, non-billable (NBL), pass/fail special topics course offered fully online. The course typically has one synchronous meeting at the beginning of the term arranged by the instructor followed by asynchronous engagement via the Blackboard Learn course shell with weekly assignments.

Course Description: What are employers really looking for? Dive into the world of best practices in terms of interviewing strategies, resume content design and common workplace etiquette in Foundations of Career Management. Additionally, this course will examine alternate resources for future career management and job search.

Foundations of Career Management (FCM) is a course for graduate students who have a good understanding of their post-graduation career path and want to take their resume writing, interviewing and networking skills to the next level. We will also cover other important facets of the career development process such as values aligned work, cover letter development, personal branding and mentorship.

The course aims to enroll a diverse, interdisciplinary group of up to 15 graduate students, studying online or on campus/hybrid, Master’s and Doctoral-level, who are also willing to provide feedback about their experience with the course for future development. We first piloted the course in winter 2020 and hope to continue developing the course in future terms.

Please Note: The course is intended for graduate students seeking employment after graduation. It is not intended for PhD students looking for jobs in academia or planning to go on to postdoctoral fellowships. The course will focus on resume writing and development, not CV. Further, graduate students who have the opportunity to take COOP 500 in their department should not enroll in this course. It is meant for students who do not already have the opportunity to take COOP 500 within their department, such as online students.

If you have any questions or are interested in enrolling in the course, please contact the Graduate College at and provide your name, program, email, Drexel ID number and why you are interested in taking the course. We will send you a pre-course intake survey to complete to help the instructor share the course content.

The Graduate College is planning to develop additional co-curricular professional development courses. We welcome your feedback and ideas!

Fall 2020 Course Information & Syllabus

GRAD T580 - NBL - Foundations of Career Management for Graduate Students
Instructor: Lauren Apgar
Format: Online, one synchronous meeting (remote), majority asynchronous engagement via Blackboard Learn
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail
Enrollment: 15 graduate students, including online and on-campus/hybrid, mix of Master's and Doctoral-level, meant for graduate students seeking employment after graduation (resume, not CV)
Credits: 1 Credit, Non-Billable (NBL)

Download the Syllabus [PDF]

Please note that some students may benefit from one-on-one career counseling/advising or career assessments rather than taking this course. For more information about Career and Educational Counseling, including one-on-one career counseling appointments, please visit the SCDC website.