University career preparation courses help you make decisions pivotal to your education and career path. Below are descriptions of 1-2 credit courses offered by University Career Services (UCS) and the Transition Resource Center:

UNIV220: Decide/Confirm Major

This is a 2 credit course for second semester freshmen or higher. The academic emphasis is on self-assessment exercises, inventories, and discussions that focus on personal attributes and career possibilities.

93% of students who completed the course reported they had either significantly narrowed their choices or had made a final decision on their major.

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  • "I was skeptical that I would even choose a major, yet here I am: I know what I want to do!"
  • "During this class I have found myself in relation to a major and a future career choice."
  • It is extremely helpful for undeclared students."
  • "If you are unsure about your major, this course helps you to combine your passion with your skills and reach a decision."
  • "This course is a huge help in discovering your unknown ambitions."
  • "It is a nice class to take whether you are in search of your major or not. For me it increased my confidence that I was on the right career path with my major and interests."
  • "This course helped me learn about the opportunities Mason has to offer and it also helped me declare my major. I wish other students could also take this course."

UNIV320: Internship/Career Readiness

This is a 1 credit course for sophomores or higher to help them to pursue career-related experiences. The academic emphasis is on the development of career-related documents (i.e. resume and cover letter), and strategies to identify internships that align with student's personal interests, values, and skills.

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  • "I will recommend this course to my peers because it helps you approach the job search process with confidence."
  • "If you are struggling with finding an internship this class will help you find one"
  • "I believe that all students looking to enter the workforce would benefit from this class"
  • "I would recommend this to any student who was interested in gaining the skill set required to find an internship in their field of interest."

UNIV420: College to Career

This is a 1 credit course for juniors and seniors that helps prepare students to effectively transition into the workplace. The academic emphasis is on resume/portfolio development, presentation skills, networking and interviewing strategies, real-world expectations and professional etiquette.

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  • "I firmly believe this class can be the difference between employment and unemployment for recent graduates."
  • "In terms of help for my career, I got more of this one-credit course than I got from almost any of my other courses."
  • "I wish I had known about this class when I first enrolled as a student at Mason"
  • "I believe all seniors should take this course. I am glad I did!"

UNIV421: College to Graduate School

This is a 1 credit course for juniors and seniors. It focuses on student readiness for graduate or professional school. The academic emphasis is on development of strong application materials, effective testing and interviewing strategies, research and evaluation of graduate programs, and financial planning options.

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  • "I learned everything I needed to know about preparing for graduate school."
  • This course exceeded my expectations and now I feel extremely prepared to apply to graduate school."
  • "It was a great guide and I wish I would have taken it sooner!"
  • "This course allowed me get second opinions and create connections with people in my field through the mock interview and the informational interview that I conducted. I am very satisfied with what I got out of it."

UNIV422: Develop Your Professional Edge

This is a 1 credit course for graduating seniors who want to develop a professional image so they can stand out in their first job after Mason. The academic emphasis includes: applying basic consultation skills to diagnose and propose innovative solutions to a problem, developing performance management documents, giving and receiving feedback, building workplace relationships, and creating a professional image.

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We get it -- you're pretty busy. If you're trying to decide whether or not a career course is worth your time, try seeing what other Mason students said about these courses.

You can find actual responses from real Mason students in each Career Course section to the left.

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