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SNU Career Development Center: “Understanding the World of Career and Career Design”

Nov 13, 2019

“Understanding the World of Career and Career Design,” a general elective course offered by the Faculty of Liberal Education and managed by the SNU Career Development Center, is gaining attention for its individually focused approach in guiding students looking to enter the job market.

Different from other career programs that teach prospective job applicants to cater their resumes to fit company guidelines, this course teaches students to recognize that the key to successful and satisfying employment is to reach high levels of self-awareness and find a job that fits them.

To achieve this, the course is divided into three main stages. In the first stage, students find career options to complement their personalities, interests, and work expectations through the MBTI personality test and the Strong Interest Inventory, a career assessment that suggests suitable jobs for each individual.

In the second stage, students work in groups to present their predictions on the changes to come in society as well as consequential career plans in accordance with such developments.

The final stage offers collective counseling sessions in which professional career counselors share their opinions on employment and hardships in the workforce, and give feedback to students’ proposed career plans.

Enrolled students also have access to virtual reality (VR) interview simulations. The VR simulator is offered to students even outside of this course and can be accessed via the homepage of the Career Development Center.

The organizers of the SNU Career Development Center indicate plans to further diversify the curriculum for “Understanding the World of Career and Career Design,” so that students can find employment of their choosing based on a systematic understanding of themselves. More details about this course can be found at the Career Development Center website.

Written by Yu Young Jin, SNU English Editor
Reviewed by Professor Travis Smith, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations,