Career Planning for English Language Learners
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Career Planning for English Language Learners

Effective strategies for thoughtful career planning
4.9 (145 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8,087 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2015
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 12 mins on-demand audio
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course allows you to improve your English skills holistically while engaging in a content-based course that is useful in any language. Each lecture includes a transcript of the lecture if you would like to read along while listening. Also, for some of the lectures, there is a vocabulary list.
  • You will learn autonomous learning strategies to improve your English studies.
  • This course will guide you through a reflective process to help you identify your interests, strengths, skills, and values, and help you to connect those areas to your career decisions.
  • You will develop strategies for career planning based on a realistic assessment of your self-explorations.
  • By the end of the course, you will have a solid Career Portfolio complete with an Action Plan to start you on your way to fulfilling your career goals.
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  • Upper intermediate to advanced level of English

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Many people choose careers for the wrong reasons. Maybe they chose a career they thought would be stable and make them financially secure, but ended up being unhappy and unfulfilled. You can prevent that from happening to you (or change your trajectory) by taking a proactive stance, carefully thinking through each step, and using the tools that are available to help you make wise decisions. I developed this course to be affordable and to help you systematically work through the planning process.

While the course is designed for upper intermediate to advanced English language learners, development of language skills will be approached implicitly for the most part. The focus is on developing career planning skills, and it is expected that you will advance your language skills autonomously by noting where you are having trouble expressing yourself, jotting down and looking up words with which you are unfamiliar, and seeking guidance when your own research has been unhelpful. Along the way, I will provide prompts or hints for developing learner autonomy.

Finding your path in life can sometimes be a bit intimidating. This course will hopefully help to make it a little more fun and much less stressful. You will spend time exploring who you are, what work-related values you hold, what you already know, what you can do, and what you want to be able to do in the future. The activities in the course will help you begin to make those important decisions regarding your career choice.

By the end of the course, you will have a Career Portfolio complete with the following items:

1. Lifetime Goals Action Plan

2. List of Hobbies and Interests

3. Your Interest Code

4. Transferable Skills List

5. Job-related Values Index

6. Personality-type Reflection

7. Career Exploration Scavenger Hunt

8. Informational Interview

9. Career Action Plan

Each lecture includes a transcript of the lecture if you would like to read along while listening.

Who is the target audience?
  • English language learners who want to improve their English skills by engaging in interesting subjects rather than boring grammar lessons
  • High school students choosing their major for university
  • Adults who would like to make a career change
  • Recent college graduates looking for jobs related to their degree
  • You should not take this course if you have a low level of English, or are looking for a general English course
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Exploring Self and Setting Goals
10 Lectures 32:46

Setting lifetime goals can give you focus, motivation, and self-confidence. But, you need more than goals. You need a plan for achieving those goals. In this lecture, you will:

1. Set lifetime goals

2. Plan out the steps you will take to achieve those goals

3. Consider possible obstacles and solutions

Language objectives:

1. Be able to articulate future goals and plans

2. Talk about obstacles and solutions using conditional statements

Autonomous Learner Tip:

Grammar is best learned through extensive exposure to authentic language, either in reading or listening. Reading books and actively focusing on spoken language cannot be underestimated in their ability to improve your sense of what just sounds right. If you need some extra practice in conditionals, visit LearnEnglish.

Lifetime Goals

Autonomous Learner Tip:

Your language only improves if you use it. Don't limit your speaking practice to times when you have a conversation partner. You can practice just as easily on your own! If you're in public, just put a bluetooth headset on and people will think you are conducting business ;-)

If you need a recorder, Audacity is a free audio editor and recorder. It is what I used to record the audio for this course.

Speaking Activity for Lifetime Goals Lecture

Your hobbies and interests are an important consideration in career planning. Listing those hobbies and interests may help when brainstorming career choices.

Language Goals:

1. Expanding vocabulary for discussing hobbies and interests

Autonomous Learning Tip:

There are many websites with lists of hobbies, for example: or Look through the lists and look up the ones you don't know. This helps you become a better conversationalist, as you will be more knowledgable when speaking with others about their hobbies.

Hobbies and Interests

Your three-letter interest code can help you identify occupations that fit with the kind of environment you would prefer to work in, as well as the preferred outcome of the job you do. You will be able to use this three-letter code later when using some of the online occupational exploration sites.

Your Interest Code
1 page

Knowing yourself well can help you focus on finding a career that will fit with your personality-type. You will look at the four areas of preference, take a test to determine your personality-type, and then look at careers that might be compatible with your type.

Autonomous Learning Tip:

Check out for information, infographics, and activities for autonomous learners.


Speaking Activity for Personality-types Lecture

We are all influenced by the people closest to us and our environment. When choosing a career path, it is important to consider who and just how strong the influences are, and whether or not you are prepared to face the consequences if your career choice challenges those influencers.

Language Goals:

1. Anticipate objections to your future plans

2. Counter those objections with supporting facts, good reasons, and fabulous examples

Autonomous Learning Tip:

Even if you are not facing any challenges regarding your career choices, it is good practice to think from another's point of view and try to come up with some objections to your career choices. This practice will help you become a better communicator and debater. It may also uncover some things you hadn't thought of!

Family and Cultural Values

A speaking activity to help you practice handling objections.

Speaking Activity for Family and Cultural Values Lecture

It wouldn't be pleasant to be working in an office if what you really love is to be outdoors. Taking the time to identify your job-related values can save you time by helping you to avoid working in a place that doesn't value the same things you do.

Language Goals:

1. Be able to state preferences and priorities

Autonomous Learning Tip:

Start collecting job descriptions and identify where the descriptions match your values, or where they contradict your values and why. Once you begin interviewing for positions, you will be able to state your values clearly and how they line up with the company's values.

Identifying Job-related Values

Transferable Skills

A quick quiz to ensure understanding and readiness for the next section.

Section 1 Quiz
5 questions
Getting Familiar with Online Resources
1 Lecture 11:35

In this lecture, I take you on a quick tour of two online job sites. These sites can help you explore specific careers and get the information you need regarding training needed, workplace context, job values, projected employment opportunities, and more.

Investigating Occupations of Interest

A quick check to see how well you are acquainted with the online career resources introduced in Lecture 11.

Section 2 Quiz
5 questions
Expanding the Inquiry
2 Lectures 12:55

Decision-making can be difficult. In this lecture, you'll look at five decision-making models and choose one to use in making your decision for a career choice.

Career Decision-making

Informational Interviews

A quick check of understanding for decision-making and informational interviews.

Section 3 Quiz
8 questions
Career Action Plan
1 Lecture 07:47

You have your lifetime goals and action plan. Now it's time to write down your career goals and prepare a plan of action! You will learn how to work backwards to create a plan that includes the small steps you need to take to achieve your big goals.

Action Planning for Your Career

A quick check on the action plan!

Section 4 Quiz
2 questions
About the Instructor
Lori Michele Kelley
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English Coach and Consultant

Lori has a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her Bachelor's degree is in Communication Studies. She has been teaching English for over 10 years and believes that one of the most important reasons for learning English is to participate in the global conversations that are taking place about the state of our world and what should be done about it. She believes deeply in your ability to find your voice in English and use that voice to help shape the future into one that achieves equity, justice, and peace for all.