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Foundations of Career Management

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The Graduate College, in collaboration with the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) and Drexel University Online (DUO), 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.

We first piloted the course in winter 2020 and hope to continue developing the course in future terms.

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.

Who Should Register

The course aims to enroll a diverse, interdisciplinary group of 15-20 graduate students (10 per section), 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.

Please Note: This course is intended for graduate students seeking employment after graduation, either who are actively job searching or planning a future job search. 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. The course is meant for students who do not already have the opportunity to take COOP 500 within their department, such as online students.

Further, this course not meant to replace field-specific career training or guidance which you should seek from your department or program and through one-on-one advising through the Steinbright Career Development Center.

How to Register

If you are interested in enrolling in the course, please complete the pre-course interest survey linked below to help us gather some basic information for the instructor and to ensure that the course is a right fit for you. Completing the intake survey does not guarantee you a seat in the class. If you have any questions, please contact us at

The interest survey for spring 2021 is closed. Check back for future terms!

Student Testimonials

"I really got a lot out of this course, and a lot of information that I believe will help me throughout my career. Thank you so much for your knowledge and professional support!"

"Thank you for providing [this] very useful information. This kind of course is needed for all undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students."

"I loved the audio feedback [from the instructor]. Thank you speaking from your heart and also for your encouragement."

More About the Co-Curricular Program

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

Spring Quarter 2021

Course Information & Syllabus

GRAD T580 - NBL - Foundations of Career Management for Graduate Students
Course Instructor: Lauren Apgar
Format: Online, one synchronous meeting (remote), majority asynchronous engagement via Blackboard Learn
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail
Enrollment: 15-20 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.