Career Planning for English Language Learners

Effective strategies for thoughtful career planning
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (378 ratings)
19,246 students
51min of on-demand video

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 include
You will learn autonomous learning strategies to improve your English studies.
This will guide you through a reflective process to help you identify your interests, strengths, and values, to help you connect those 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.


  • 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 this course is for:

  • 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


English Coach and Consultant
Lori Michele Kelley
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 378 Reviews
  • 19,246 Students
  • 1 Course

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.

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