ALS 114: Career Decision Making

Academic Learning Services (ALS) 114 Career Decision Making is a two-credit letter-graded class designed to help students gain a better understanding of their interests, values, and abilities as they relate to the world of work. This course, offered fall, winter, and spring provides OSU first and second year students guided career exploration in a classroom setting.  We also have an online version of the class that is offered in fall, winter, and spring and is available to undergraduate students of all class levels.

ALS 114 meets twice a week and follows a discussion format, which means that a small group of students (around 20) meet twice a week to work have conversations and work through activities related to career-decision making. Students who take ALS 114 can look forward to a variety of activities to help them understand their major and career options, including:

  • Learning a decision making model, which incorpates self-assessment (weeks 1-4), the exploration of academic & career options (weeks 5-8), and intentional decision making & action (weeks 9-10).

  • Hearing guest speakers who visit our lecture to talk about a variety of topics related to the career decision making process.

  • Taking self-assessment tests like the Superstrong© and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© to help clarify personal interests and preferences.

  • Research careers using both web and print resources.

  • Leaning about the Career Development Center  and its various resources.

  • Conducting an informational interview with a professional in a specific field of interest.