Career Planning

Enrollment Message:

This course provides a basic overview of career planning concepts. It gives students the opportunity to learn about, explore and reflect on various career opportunities based on Michigan’s six Career Pathways. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: The Career Planning Course was designed with the following standards in mind. These standards are met via successful completion of the course. V.A.2, V.B.4, V.B.5, IX.A.10, XI.A.7, XI.B.6, XI.B.10, XI.C.1, XI.C.2 (see below)

• Complete assignments with minimum supervision and meet deadlines.

• Prioritize and accomplish tasks independently.

• Use appropriate personal expression and relate to school and work settings.

• Use technologies as tools for communication of technical or work-related information.

• Be provided with the opportunity to learn in a virtual environment as a strategy to build 21st century learning skills.

• Demonstrate the ethical use of technology as a digital citizen and lifelong learner.

• Adhere to the district acceptable use policy as well as state and federal laws.

• Complete at least one online credit, or non-credit, course or online learning experience.

• Use technology tools for managing and communicating personal information (e.g., finances, contact information, schedules, purchases, correspondence).

Unit 1 Analyze and evaluate work related skills, interests, and values. Students will discover their personality types and explain how they relate to career planning.

Unit 2 Analyze job market trends, salary data, and cost of living data as considerations in the career planning process. Analyze career clusters to determine possible fields of interest.

Unit 3 Research post-secondary education and training options and requirements.

Unit 4 Apply a decision making and goal setting process to career planning. Compose Mission & Vision statements.

Unit 5 Identify methods of gaining work experience.

Unit 6 Create work related documents: resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, and references. Prepare for and practice the interviewing process

Unit 7 Develop an electronic career portfolio.

Course Outline:

Unit 1 - Getting to Know Yourself

Unit 2 - Getting to Know the Job Market

Unit 3 - Getting the Training & Education You Need

Unit 4 - Getting Started

Unit 5 - Getting Experience

Unit 6 - Getting the Job

Unit 7 - Creating a Portfolio

Resources Included:Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: N/A


School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan Department of Education Career and Employability Standards
NCAA Approved: N/A - Non-Core
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 22151
MDE Endorsement Code: NT - Guidance And Counseling
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus